Pre-congress courses

6th October 2022

Meyer Health Campus

Via Cosimo Il Vecchio, 26 – Florence (Italy)


A) The Child with Toe Walking: Physiotherapy Assessment and Intervention Strategies (45 seats)

Conductors:

  • Laura Beccani, Italy
    PPT MSc, physiotherapist specialist in pediatrics and clinical researcher IRCCS Santa Maria Nuova -Ausl Reggio Emilia, Lecturer Bachelor degreee in Physiotherapy Unimore Reggio Emilia, Master in Neurorehabilitation and Developmental Neuroscience Humanitas Roma
  • Giulio Valagussa, Italy
    PT MSc, physiotherapist  specialist in pediatrics and clinical researcher “Villa S. Maria” Institute, Tavernerio, Como; Board member  Pediatric Specialist Interest Group of Italian Association of Physiotherapy, lecturer Bachelor Degree in Physiotherapy Milano-Bicocca University

Course summary
The clinical sign of “toe walking” is present in very different clinical pictures, such as infantile cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, autism, idiopathic. This sign can be present as a slight tendency or as a constant element in standing and walking.
Through the analysis of clinical cases, and referring to the relevant literature, the goal of this workshop is to propose a reasoning on the functional interpretation of this sign as a “defect” or as a compensation and to discuss the tools for evaluate it and the rehabilitation interventions to treat it.


B) Early Diagnostics with the Alberta Infant Motor Scale (45 seats)

Conductors:

  • Marike Boonzaaijer, The Netherlands
    PPT PhD, physiotherapist  specialist in pediatrics and researcher,  Researchgroup Lifestyle and Health , Research Center Healthy and Sustainable Living; Lecturer  Master Pediatric Physiotherapy  Institute of Human Movement Studies  HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht
  • Imke Suir, The Netherlands
    PPT MSc,   physiotherapist  specialist in pediatrics and researcher,  Researchgroup Lifestyle and Health , Research Center Healthy and Sustainable Living; Lecturer  Master Pediatric Physiotherapy  Institute of Human Movement Studies  HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht

Course summary
The session focuses on the impact of measuring the level of development in assessing motor development. The Alberta Infant Motor Scale (AIMS) will be introduced including the psychometric properties and cross cultural norm values. After this introduction, the participants will go on to score infants from video. We then discuss in smaller groups the value of the measurement in clinical reasoning and decision making.


C) H.U.G. Your Baby- Helping and Guiding parents Understanding Newborns Behavior (40 seats)

Conductor:

  • Benedetta Costa Italy
    PT, Trainer IAIM (International Association Infant Massage), Italian Certified HUG Teacher, Genova

Course summary
The importance of family involvement is a recognized principle in early intervention.
Based on child development, lactation and pediatric literature, HUG Your Baby’s approach helps parents (and the professionals who serve them) understand a baby’s body language in order to promote parent-baby interaction and to prevent problems around eating, sleeping, crying.
The workshop will give professionals strategies and tools to help parents identify “Resting, Ready and Rebooting Zones” and when an “SOSs – Sign of Over-Stimulation.”  is sent out. Experience inspiring case studies and engaging videos will be presented.


D) Respiratory Physiotherapy for the Children with Complex Care Needs – Real Life Case Studies (35 seats)

Conductors:

  • Chiara Castellani, Italy
    PPT MSc, physiotherapist specialist in pediatrics, Meyer Children’s University Hospital, Florence, Lecturer Master Pediatric Physiotherapy, University of Florece
  • Beatrice Ferrari, Italy
    PPT MSc, physiotherapist specialist in pediatrics and respiratory physiotherapy, Meyer Children’s University Hospital, Florence, Lecturer Postgraduate Course in Paediatric Respiratory Physiotherapy University of Milan, Clinical Tutor Master in Cardiorespiratory and Intensive Care Unit Physiotherapy University of Milan
  • Simone Gambazza, Italy
    PT PhD Allied Healthcare Professions Research Manager

Fondazione IRCCS Ca’ Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Healthcare Professions Department, Milan

Course summary
Respiratory home management of Children with Complex Multisystemic Care Needs can pose challenges to the pediatric physiotherapist who works in community services.
In this worskhop, an interactive session on two clinical real-life cases with different characteristics will be proposed, aiming to offer to the participants a variety of tools to functionally assess respiratory problems and deepen the knowledge of the devices and equipments that may be present in the home environment. The devices commonly used at home will be available during this session.