• Access to Independence: Why the Time is Right for Social Mobility

    • Date(s): November 04, 2017  –  November 04, 2017
    • Times: Saturday, 8:00AM - 4:00PM
    • *Registration and breakfast are 30 minutes before advertised start time.
    • Location:

      University of North Florida
      Hicks Hall
      4892 First Coast Tech Parkway, Jacksonville, FL, 32224
      Bldg 53, Suite 1700
      Meeting Rooms 1 & 2 first floor

    Social Mobility is fundamental to human life. Its emergence during infancy heralds a dramatic shift in self-mastery, and provides for constant, dynamic interaction with the physical and social world. For young infants, the emergence of independent mobility plays a critical role in a range of developmental areas including cognition, perception and action abilities. For special needs children with significant mobility impairments, assistive (and rehabilitative) technology can provide access to independence. Unfortunately, many of these technologies are not typically provided until children are 2-3 yrs of age, which is particularly disturbing given the activity level characteristic of older infants and toddlers. Neuroscience research on enriched environments suggests that this extended time during infancy without independent mobility results in additional neurological and behavioral impairments as well as a significant social barrier for both infants and their families.

    This course will explore recent advances in the science, training, and technology that are quickly closing the gaps in providing social mobility experiences to young children within enriched environments (aka the real world!). Way beyond simply a review of the literature -- this course will address the practical issues and barriers to real world implementation including funding, family and administrative barriers to incorporating assistive technology into the realities of life in schools, homes and community. This ‘brains on’ course will provide information and resources supporting assistive technology from multiple perspectives: research, clinic and family.

    This course is relevant for professionals, community members and families seeking to better understand the practical implementation of assistive technology in early childhood.  More importantly, we will challenge audience perspectives on the future of pediatric rehabilitation and provide a forum for the open discussion of the barriers to and opportunities for infants with mobility impairments to explore their world.

    At the end of this course, all participants will be able to:

    • Discuss the research conclusions on the effect of mobility and immobility on infants and their families.
    • Discuss the recent research on power mobility training and real world harness training.
    • Discuss the clinical and community issues associated with providing young infants with opportunities for social mobility including general principles, clinical decision making steps, and how to incorporate training into an Individual Family Service Plan.
    • Discuss the abilities and limitations of various assistive and rehabilitative technologies for infants’ social mobility.
    • Facilitate a discussion regarding the barriers and facilitators of providing access to clinicians and families of low-cost, fun, and functional pediatric assistive technology devices.

    Cole Galloway PT, PhD, FAPTA

    With special guests:

    Andrina Sabet, PT, ATP 
    Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland State University and Go Baby Go

    Jennifer Tucker, DPT, PCS 
    University of Central Florida and Go Baby Go

    Intended Audience:

    The information presented in this course is clinically relevant for licensed Physical Therapist (PT) and Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA), Occupational Therapy (OT), Occupational Therapist Assistant (OTA), Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP).


    This course offers 0.8 CEUs

    • Florida Physical Therapy Association
    • Florida Board of Occupational Therapy 
    • Florida Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
    Disclaimer: Registrations from individuals with clinical designations not listed in the intended audience for this course may be subject to removal from the course roster without a full refund. See Brooks IHL Course Policies and Procedures for details. If you are unsure or have questions related to the intended audience, please email info@BrooksIHL.org and we will be happy to help clarify!

    Simply select the number of tickets you wish to purchase and click the "Order Now" button to pay by credit card. After payment, you will receive an email confirmation of enrollment.

    • If you would like to pay by check, cash, or department*, please print this registration form, and send it to us with your payment. Checks should be made out to Brooks Rehabilitation.
    • The Brooks Institute of Higher Learning will provide reasonable accommodations for learners with special needs. Please contact the Brooks IHL at info@BrooksIHL.org for more information and/or for a special needs accommodation request.
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