Upper Limb Orthoses (Splinting) Course – Darwin 2017

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This 1.5 day training course will focus on the theory and practical application of customised, rigid, wrist/thumb/finger orthoses (splints) for the management of the upper limb in children with neurological impairment. The course will assist clinicians in understanding who, how, why and when to apply an orthosis as an intervention. Participants will also learn how to objectively evaluate treatment outcomes. Detailed course notes, materials used to construct orthoses and reference material will provided.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the latest concepts and terminology for distinguishing aspects of muscle overactivity in children with neurological impairment.
  • Confidently assess upper limb impairment (i.e. range of movement, spasticity, muscle stiffness) using measures such as goniometry, the modified Tardieu Scale and the Modified Ashworth scale.
  • Apply knowledge of upper limb anatomy to better understand the impact of muscle overactivity on progressive musculoskeletal deformity in children.
  • Understand when to consider adjunct interventions such as serial casting and Botulinum toxin-A prior to introducing/adapting an orthosis.
  • Interpret findings from an objective upper limb impairment assessment to develop an individualised orthoses program including: considerations for joint position and stretch; identifying the type and position of orthoses; materials to be used; contraindications; safety; and strategies to improve tolerance and compliance.
  • Improve skills in the practical application of orthoses.
  • Objectively evaluate outcomes following implementation of an orthoses program.

INSTRUCTORS

Dr Brian Hoare, Occupational Therapist

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

Occupational therapists, Physiotherapists

LOCAL HOST

For further information about the course location, please contact Rachel Kenna at rachel.kenna@nt.gov.au

GENERAL COURSE ENQUIRIES

For more information on course content or if you have any questions about booking a place on this course, please contact admin@cpteaching.com

Registrations close Friday 7th July, 2017