Much like the infant development it describes, Program 2 builds upon the science and foundation of Program 1: Early Postural Control Acquisition, so you must complete that webinar first. Upon completion of Program 1, we'll send you a registration link for this webinar.  

The cost of this webinar is $45 USD.

If you have completed Program 1 and need the link, please contact us.

Course Description

In this hour-long Program 2 of the Golden Rule series, Billi Cusick discusses the biomechanical and somatosensory aspects of the developing infant’s progress after stabilizing the body center of mass in prone and supine positions. 

In this next phase of early movement acquisition, lying leads to rolling and body weight is displaced in the frontal plane and elevated off the surface into quadruped position. The Golden Rule is applied in suggested biomechanical and somatosensory strategies for remediating deficits.   

This session combines with Program 1: Early Postural Control Acquisition to lay down the fundamental events, nomenclature, and core rationale for the Golden Rule. 

Who Should Attend?

The Golden Rule series is designed for clinicians who work in pediatric rehabilitation — including physicians, physical and occupational therapists, therapy assistants, speech pathologists, and orthotists — who want a fresh, deeply experienced, and informed point of view.

Practicing clinicians and students alike will find in this series - as in all of Ms. Cusick’s instructional materials - a sound scientific basis for what they do, presented in a logical framework for approaching and enhancing their clinical evaluation and management of children with neuromotor dysfunction.

Program 2 Objectives

  • By the end of this one-hour webinar, the participant will be able to:

  • Compare the location of the body center of mass (COM) in an infant to that of an adult.

  • Explain the effect of a face-side shift of the head on reaching ability, relative to prone positioning.

  • Compare the influence of a face-side weight shift and a skull-side weight shift on hip extension range of motion on the loaded side, relative to prone positioning.

  • Compare the influence of a face-side weight shift and a skull-side weight shift on weight loading on the pelvis, relative to prone positioning.

  • Describe the derotational righting reflex.

  • Name two movement requirements for completing a roll from side-lying with all limbs flexed into prone position.

  • Describe two strategies for moving from prone lying into the quadruped (i.e. hands and knees) position.

  • List or identify four benefits of rocking forward and backward in quadruped position.

  • Suggest 2 strategies that would simplify the task of gaining stability and movement in quadruped position for a child who has difficulty loading the limbs.


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, 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 to rehabilitation clinicians such as physical therapists, occupational therapists, orthotists, and physical therapy assistants. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all attendees, colleagues, clients, and vendors.