This past weekend, Jessica and I went to Houston, TX to take part in a continuing Education course.
It was entitled something to do with "handling infants with neuromotor difficulties" and "problem solving and treatment" ya da ya da ya.
Nothing like being 42 and pairing up with other PTs from across the country to pretend you are an 18 month old child with cerebral palsy.
Our instructor, Linda, has been a PT for about 30 years. I am right behind her at 19 years!!
Linda was from WIsconsin, so right from the get go we had that common thread we could discuss. She also used my baby doll to do several of the techniques, so we shared that too! ha.
Here, Linda is demonstrating on Jessica, a PTA at my office, and one of the people who I work the most closely with during my work week. The girl in the navy sweat is a therapist at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston. It is always fun to meet people from all over and share stories about "our kids" as well as things that are working in our treatments.
And this girl is from West Virginia. Kinda crazy to have all these pediatric therapists in one room, collaborating and passionately sharing knowledge.
THis crazy baby doll was the source of much grief. We were told to bring one; preferably a baby with articulating joints. This particular baby doll had elbows, knees, wrists, etc. That makes it nice for the teacher to show us more realistic handling. Well, Jessica and I must have been the only compliant PTs in the group, cause we HAD our babies!! Most of the others did not!
That meant that as we checked into the hotel, we toted in our babies as if we couldn't sleep without them. WEIRDOs!! And then, when we walked to the course, down the streets of Houston, carrying our babies again!
Only to find out they weren't really necessary!
This is how we teach a kid to elongate their hamstrings when their tendency is to crouch or bend their knees in standing. Just a little FYI! And this girl was from NORTH IDAHO. NORTH IDAHO?? WHO would live there?! That justs sounds like plain ol COLD to me!!
and this is a friend I met from Texas Children's, but who was originally from Alabama.
And YES, she "went there" on the national championship thing. UNcool.
It was really fun to learn all that we did, but even more to feel very validated that we are so ON TRACK with what the "big wigs" are doing on the national level with regards to treamtent of kids and adults with neuromuscular disorders. I LOVE what I do... have I mentioned that?!!