Course Description

This program features an overview of somatosensory function and development, the role of postural control in movement acquisition and physiologic adaptation, skeletal modeling mechanisms and influences, and ideal and pathomechanical features of orthopedic development of the trunk and selected aspects of the extremities.

The Instructor describes selected musculoskeletal assessments and the clinical implications of their findings and brings them to therapeutic and orthotic management planning designed to optimize bone and joint development via building postural control and movement skills.

The relevance of the findings obtained in the musculoskeletal assessment to target selected interventions is made evident in videotaped cases.

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A LIVE presentation - with follow-up access

The Developmental Orthopedics LIVE course content includes a detailed presentation handout for each session, which is designed to serve as a strong resource for reviewing the content.

In addition, we will be offering LIVE alumni 60 days of free access to the recorded version of the DevOrtho content - after we complete the edits necessary for on-demand webinar delivery. You will be notified when this resource is ready.

CEUs Pending.  Applications are underway for PT's, OT's, and orthotists. Please contact for more information.

Total Contact Hours: 15

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BONUS!  - Support the San Francisco Public Health Foundation

5% of the proceeds from this course will go to the San Francisco Public Health Foundation to pay for healthcare expenses for low income families.

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Course Objectives

Participants completing this course are expected to be able to:

  • Describe these features of normal, postnatal immaturity of skeletal structure and alignment: thoracolumbar kyphosis, hip flexion contracture, increased femoral anteversion, increased femoral antetorsion, coxa valga, genu varum, and leg and foot rotation.

  • Distinguish between strain and load and apply this distinction to the skeletal modeling process and to modeling potential in an aging child.

  • Relate movement-based loading history to bone growth rate in children.

  • Describe the influences of compression, tension, and shear loads on developing bones and joints.

  • Relate postural control acquisition to limb use and orthopedic development.

  • Relate ideal, full‐term neonatal lower limb joint alignment to the acquisition of skilled transitions between quadruped and sitting positions.

  • Distinguish typical from pathological features of developing limb alignment.

  • Explain the influences of foot pronation/supination on bodyweight displacements.

  • Differentiate between femoral anteversion and antetorsion and explain how that distinction relates to the safe use of orthotic & therapeutic interventions.

  • Describe the swing limb torque generator in gait & relate it to changes in long bone torsion.


President / Senior Instructor Beverly (Billi) Cusick

Beverly (Billi) Cusick PT, MS, NDT, COF/BOC is an internationally known pediatric physical therapist whose specialty is the orthopedic development and orthotic management of children with cerebral palsy and other neuromotor deficits.

She has been teaching these and related topics since 1978 - including presentations by invitation for the APTA, AACPDM, AOPA, and AAOP and more than 460 full programs and workshops worldwide.

Ms. Cusick received her BS in PT from Bouve College at Northeastern University in Boston, MA in 1972, and her MS in Clinical and College Teaching for Allied Health Professionals from the University of Kentucky in Lexington in 1988. She is an Associate Professor for the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions – Pediatrics Program – Provo, Utah (2006-present) and is NDT basic- and baby-trained.

Inclusion/Non-Discrimination Statement

Progressive GaitWays LLC and the Cusick Center for Learning do not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to,  provision of training services, products, or consultations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all attendees, colleagues, clients, and vendors.