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2-Day Advanced Pediatric Neuro-Rehabilitation: Best Practices for Rapid Functional Gains and Improved Outcomes

Paula Cox
2 Full Days
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Working with pediatric neuro patients is deeply meaningful and incredibly rewarding. Returning young patients to autonomy in movement, play, eating, and communication is life changing – and you’re at the front lines, working to facilitate that change.

But some patients are so impaired that treatment becomes overwhelming. Others make exceptional gains in clinical settings, only to hit a wall in less controlled environments. With new research coming out constantly, it’s difficult to keep up with the latest evidence that can help you overcome these barriers.

Enhance your skills in Pediatric Neuro-Rehabilitation by learning how to apply innovative techniques that completely redefine what’s possible for your patients! Built on today’s best practices and current evidence, this program will show you how to develop a world-class neuro-rehabilitation program with tools and strategies that have helped countless patients from newborns to teenagers improve their motor skills and learning.

With 35 years of assessing and treating pediatric neuro patients, Paula Cox, PT, DSc, PCS, will be your guide. She’ll equip you with strategies, tools, evidence – everything you need to become the go-to resource for pediatric patients in your facility.

Sign up for this live webcast today to gain new strategies to improve motor control and motor learning for children with neuromotor diagnoses. Start seeing the joy on your patient’s face faster than ever when she first experiences autonomy. For any clinician, there is simply no greater feeling.



NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after completing and passing the on-line post-test evaluation). 

Continuing Education Information: Listed below are the continuing education credit(s) currently available for this live interactive webcast. This webcast is a broadcast of a live event. You will be able to type questions to the speaker. The speaker will see the questions and address them during the presentation as time allows. Please note, your state licensing board dictates whether web based activities are an acceptable form of continuing education. Please refer to your state rules and regulations. If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of your profession.  As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your profession's standards.

The planning committee and staff who controlled the content of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. For speaker disclosures, please see speaker bios.

CE Information is based on 100% attendance.

Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists

PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Nurses in full attendance will earn 12.6 contact hours.

California Nurses

PESI, Inc. is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 17118 for 12.5 contact hours. Full attendance is required. No partial contact hours will be issued for partial attendance. 

Florida Nurses

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Nursing, Provider # FBN2858. This course qualifies for 12.5 contact hours. 

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Iowa Nurses

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Provider #: 346. Full attendance at this activity qualifies for 12.6 contact hours. Full attendance in the activity is required; no partial contact hours will be issued for partial attendance. These contact hours are used for your license renewal. Please email with your license number, include the webcast title, speaker name and date. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid for the webcast.

Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants


PESI, Inc. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #: 3322. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 12.5 contact hours or 1.25 CEUs in the Category of Domain of OT and Occupational Therapy Process. Partial credit will be issued for partial attendance. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Course Level: Intermediate.

Florida Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy. Provider Number #50-399. This course qualifies for 12.5 continuing education credits.

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Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

This activity consists of 12.5 clock hours of instruction that is applicable for physical therapists. This certificate is proof of your attendance. Please retain it in your records or use for submission as proof of completion when required.

California Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

California Physical Therapists

PESI, Inc. is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approval agency to approve providers. This course will qualify for 12.5 continuing competency hours.

Illinois Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

PESI, Inc. is a Registered Physical Therapy Continuing Education Sponsor through the State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Division of Professional Regulation. License #: 216.000270. This course qualifies for 12.5 CE Credit Hours.

New York Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department, State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider for physical therapy and physical therapy assistant continuing education. This course qualifies for 15.0 contact hours. 

North Carolina Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Illinois Division of Professional Regulation, Provider Number: 216-000071. This intermediate course is approved by the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners by virtue of PESI Inc. approved provider status with the Illinois Division of Professional Regulation. This course qualifies for 12.5 continuing education hours.

Pennsylvania Physical Therapists and Assistants

The Pennsylvania State Board of Physical Therapy recognizes approval by all other state boards. This activity consists of 12.5 clock hours of instruction that is applicable for physical therapists.

Texas Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #2106032TX and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. This activity will provide 12.5 CCUs. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

Utah Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

This course is designed to meet the Utah DOPL Rule R156-24b-303b.2.c.iv - A commercial continuing education provider providing a course related to the practice of physical therapy. Please retain a copy of the advertising brochure and your certificate of completion to provide to your board should this be requested of you. This activity consists of 12.5 clock hours of continuing education instruction.

Physician Assistants

AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME such as PESI. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 12.5 hours for completing this program.

PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PESI, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists

This course contains 12.5 hours of live continuing education. It was not offered for ASHA CEUs. Please retain your certificate of completion. If audited for ASHA Certification Maintenance, you can submit this certificate of completion at that time. For state licensure, teacher certification renewal, or other credential renewal, contact those agencies for information about your reporting responsibilities and requirements.

California Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board, #PDP 319. This course meets the qualifications for 12.5 hours of continuing professional development credit for Speech-Language Pathologists or Audiologists, as required by the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board.

Florida Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. Provider Number: 50-399. This course qualifies for 12.5 continuing education credits. 

Kansas Speech-Language Pathologists or Audiologists

Approved for 15.0 continuing education clock hours for Kansas licensed Speech-Language Pathologists by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services.

Other Professions

This activity qualifies for 760 continuing education minutes as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your activity advertisement and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements. 



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Paula Cox, PT, DSc, PCS, is a board-certified, pediatric PT with over 35 years of experience in pediatric rehabilitation. She is a member of the APTA, the APPT, and the IL PT Association. Dr. Cox served on the APPT’s NICU to EI transition work group. She is committee chair for the APPT course Advanced Clinical Practice in Pediatric Therapy, an ongoing APPT course that investigates current theories and EBP across pediatric settings. Dr Cox presents the EI segment for this course. She operates a private pediatric practice in the Chicago area and provides ongoing mentoring to PT’s in 2013 from the University of Oklahoma. Her doctoral research examined the use of a robotic scooter to provide early autonomous locomotion for infants with Down Syndrome.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Paula Cox maintains a private practice. She is an adjunct professor at Midwestern University. Dr. Cox receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Paula Cox has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

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Program Information


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Access Period for Live Webcast

For live CE credit, you must watch the live webcast in its entirety at its scheduled time and complete the CE quiz and evaluation within one week. You will have access for 90 days after the program for review.

Webcast Schedule

Please note: Each day there will be a lunch and two 15-minute breaks; one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Lunch and break times will be announced by the speaker and at their discretion. A more detailed schedule is available upon request.


  1. Discuss the underlying linear components of motor control and motor learning in typical development.
  2. Describe the contribution of neuroplasticity, the neuronal group selection theory, and epigenetics to motor learning and motor control.
  3. Explore how characteristics of cerebral palsy, autism, and other neuromotor diagnoses influence the development of motor control, motor learning, and functional skills for children with these diagnoses.
  4. Describe four components of strength important for functional play.
  5. Explain how atypical development changes the underlying muscle architecture and influences a child’s ability to generate strength for function.
  6. Utilize the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Function, Disability, and Health (The ICF) as a framework for practice.
  7. Create functional and measurable outcomes in a top-down intervention approach to promote a child’s autonomous ability to participate with peers.
  8. Integrate reliable and valid measurement tools throughout assessment and treatment to guide outcome development and intervention.
  9. Develop evidence-based intervention programs integrating diagnosis-specific neuroplasticity, motor learning, and motor control considerations.
  10. Organize motor learning intervention activities using the sequenced motor learning hierarchy described by Gentile.
  11. Incorporate strategies to promote generalizability into intervention programs.
  12. Document progress toward outcome achievement for function, participation, and age appropriate activities using reliable, valid, and responsive tools.
  13. Evaluate the effectiveness of intervention programs on the activity and participation of children with disabilities.


How recent changes in pediatric neuro-rehabilitation are reshaping therapy
  • Advancement in neuroimaging – what does it tell us about brain and muscle architecture
  • Neuroplasticity and epigenetics – how they impact motor development and how you can develop intervention programs to maximize their effects
  • Where the ICF (International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health) fits into this and how this is the path for rehab
  • Hands-on or hands-off approach? Theories of intervention and research supporting or refuting them
LABS: Improve your clinician responding and assessment skills for neuro rehabilitation
  • Practice today’s most reliable evaluations for:
    • Cerebral Palsy
    • Down syndrome
    • Autism
    • Spinal muscular atrophy
    • Developmental coordination disorder
LABS: Expand your neuro rehabilitation toolbox
  • Practice effective techniques you can use immediately to:
    • Ignite neuroplasticity for breakthrough results
    • Restore functional strength more quickly
    • Enhance motor control with 4 components you’re not using yet
    • Improve motor learning
    • Increase engagement in therapy and at home
    • Design a more effective home program
    • Promote family and peer participation
LABS: Design robust, diagnosis-specific plans of care for your patients
  • Practice developing treatment strategies for specific impairments related to:
    • Muscle weakness
    • Loss of range-of-motion
    • Poor balance, stability, and coordination
    • Eating
    • Communication
    • Fitness
    • Limited ability to participate with peers
Interactive case studies: Put knowledge to practice
  • Video examples – watch the progress you can make with your patients

Target Audience

  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Speech Language Pathologists
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurses


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