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LIVE Webinar: Promoting Functional Mobility, Fitness and Physical Activity: School-Based Therapy

Margaret O’Neil, PT, PhD, MPH

Tuesday – March 8, 2022

Early $225.00* | Regular $250.00
8:00 am – 3:00 pm EST
*Early registration must be received 14 days prior to webinar (Feb. 22, 2022). GROUP DISCOUNT ALSO AVAILABLE!

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Set realistic goals, prioritize treatment and implement successful evidenced based programs

  • Improve strength, flexibility, endurance, and function
  • Progressive-resistive exercises using weights and resistance bands
  • Evidenced based treatment interventions
  • Case studies 
  • Treatment progressions

This webinar presents intervention strategies for PTs and OTs to improve fitness (strength, muscular and aerobic endurance, aerobic capacity and power) and functional mobility in school-aged children. Fitness intervention designs and methods to adapt or dose interventions will be presented to enable therapists to create sessions that provide the “just right challenge.” This means that the sessions will match the child’s conditioning level and motor ability and will address specific goals and objectives. Outcome measures and setting realistic goals will be included in the discussion of effectiveness of PT/OT fitness interventions. Case-based videos will be analyzed to demonstrate fitness interventions.

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Learning Objectives
Participants completing this course will be should be able to:

  1. Identify intervention strategies to increase fitness (e.g., strength, muscular and aerobic endurance, aerobic capacity and power) and functional mobility in school-aged children receiving school-based PT.
  2. Utilize specific methods to set realistic fitness goals for school-based PT/OT interventions.
  3. Design intervention progressions to promote and sustain fitness and functional mobility outcomes.
  4. Choose appropriate outcome measures to examine effectiveness of fitness interventions.

Target Audience

School-based PTs & OTs who provide services to students in elementary, middle and high school (aged 5 – 21 yo)

Course Level 

Intermediate level


Margaret O’Neil, PT, PhD, MPH

Margaret O’Neil, PT, PhD, MPH, is a professor in the Department of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine, Programs in Physical Therapy at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY. Dr. O’Neil teaches in the DPT program and EdD combined program between Teachers College at Columbia University and the Programs in PT at Columbia’s Medical Center. She is an instructor in clinical workshops across the United States on Functional Strengthening and Fitness in Children with Disabilities. Her research focuses on physical activity measures and interventions to promote activity, fitness, and participation in children with cerebral palsy (CP) and chronic conditions (i.e., obesity). Dr. O’Neil collaborates with computer scientists at Drexel and Columbia to design active video games (AVGs) and virtual reality (VR) games to promote physical activity and fitness in youth with CP. Her research funding includes grants from NIH, NIDILRR, APTA and the Coulter Foundation. Dr. O’Neil is past chair of the APTA Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy (APPT) Research Committee and past recipient of the APPT Research Award. Dr. O’Neil is on the editorial board for Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics. She reviews for multiple journals and has done many presentations and published widely in her research.

Margaret receives a speaking fee for her presentation. She has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Course Schedule

LIVE On-Line Webinar
8:00 am – 3:00 pm EST

8:00 – 8:15 am – Registration

8:15 – 8:45 – Defining fitness and discussing strategies to promote fitness in school-based PT/OT

8:45 – 10:00 – Designing Strength Programs- strategies and progressions

10:00 – 10:15 – Break

10:15 – 11:00 – Designing Endurance Programs – strategies and progressions

11:00 – 12:00 pm – Setting Goals & Measuring Fitness Outcomes

12:00 – 12:45 – Lunch 

12:45 –1:30 – Video cases – Designing Fitness Programs

1:30 – 2:15 – Video cases – Choosing Fitness Measures

2:15 – 3:00 – Demonstration Lab & Discussion


Educational Credits

6 contact hours

A post test will be required at the completion of the webinar.

Approved for 6 contact hours by NYSED’s State Board for PT.

Application has been made to NJBPTE for CE credit approval.


AOTA-Approved Provider ProgramTSI is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures. Approved by AOTA for .6 CEUs. 6 contact hours, Intermediate level, Domain of OT: Performance Skills.


Group Discount

Early $225.00* | Regular $250.00

*Early registration must be received 14 days prior to seminar VALID UNTIL Feb. 22, 2022

3 or more registrants – Early –  $212.94 | Regular – $236.60 (use code group3)

In order to qualify for the group discounted rate, registrations MUST all be received within 24 hours (of the first registration) if registering on-line, and in the same envelope if registering by mail.  PLEASE NOTE: Registrations received after a group has been processed will not be eligible for the discount.

To ensure that all group members receive the appropriate discount, choose a group name and be sure that each person registering adds the name in the “Additional Information” section at checkout.