Connecting the Cores: Optimizing Pediatric Foot Position to Increase Core Activity


Liesa M. Ritchie-Persaud, PT, DPT, PCS, CKTP


Four Contact Hours!

Do you see children with strength deficits that have a negative effect on their functional ability?

This course explains why core strength is necessary, and describes why core weakness is so prevalent in children. The weakening effect of commercial positioning toys, the negatives of baby walkers, and the consequences of Back to Sleep are examined/illustrated.

Poor/inadequate/incorrect lower extremity alignment may be contributing to their weakness/further complicating their physical performance. Participants will learn how to improve alignment and maximize the relationship between the distal and proximal bases of support, by using kinesiology tape and shoe modifications.

This webinar is geared towards children 12 months to 16 years.

This course is similar to the A Belly ‘n’ a Butt: Pediatric Core Strengthening course Liesa taught for Therapeutic Services in March of 2020.
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Learning Objectives
Participants completing this course should be able to:

  • Discuss how strength deficits have a negative effect on functional ability.
  • Review how underlying core weakness further complicates development delay, impaired balance and poor coordination.
  • Apply techniques to strengthen the abdominal and gluteal muscle groups.
  • Review the strength function relationship, describe the role of core weakness in development delay, and develop a greater awareness of the negative effect of central instability on balance.
  • Increase knowledge of the contribution of dysfunctional abdominals and gluteals on coordination and understand the significance of muscular co-contraction and timing of activation.
  • Apply therapeutic taping techniques to target specific core muscle groups.
  • Utilize shoe modifications to improve lower extremity alignment & activate core musculature.

Target Audience


Course Level 

All levels


Liesa M. Ritchie-Persaud, PT, DPT, PCS, CKTP 

Liesa M. Ritchie-Persaud, PT, DPT, PCS, CKTP is a licensed physical therapist with 30 years experience in the field of pediatric therapy. She is owner of Know to Change, which was created for the purpose of educating health care professionals, both nationally and internationally, in advanced treatment techniques, specialized practical training & consultative services

Her wide range of clinical experience, organizational leadership, and proficient teaching skills make her an exciting and compelling instructor!


Educational Credits

4 contact hours

Approved for 4 contact hours by NYSED’s State Board for PT.