LIVE Interactive Online Course/Labs for Pediatric PTs and OTs: Basic Introduction to TASES (Task Specific Electrical Stim)

LIVE Interactive Online Course/Lab for Pediatric Physical and Occupational Therapists: Basic Introduction to TASES (Task Specific Electrical Stimulation) Lower Quarter and Upper Quarter
Co-taught by Judy Carmick PT and Dr. Mirav Newman, PT, DPT

Saturday & Sunday September 17/18 for Lower Quarter and Upper Quadrant Saturday Sept 17th and 24th.

Course Overview:  This is a virtual workshop that introduces TASES and lasts a total of two half-days plus a 1:1 consultation with one of the course instructors.

TASES is an acronym for the task-specific electrical stimulation intervention.  It was created and developed by Judy Carmick. TASES is used with a dynamic systems motor learning approach and mobile ankle-foot orthoses.

This introductory level course will teach attendees the theoretical and scientific background behind TASES and how to set up TASES for use in the clinic. Although TASES is appropriate for other diagnoses who need exercise or motor control, this class will focus on cerebral palsy (CP) as it is a more difficult diagnosis to change motor control and function. The knowledge or skills learned in this class can easily be used with hypotonia or Down Syndrome.

The TASES workshops have been organized into levels. BASIC INTRODUCTION to TASES is the prerequisite to all other TASES classes.

You may choose Basic Introduction Lower Quarter or Basic Introduction Upper Quarter. Either course is two days in length plus a 60-minute consultation with one of the course instructors. There is also an option to attend both upper and lower quarter courses.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Cite the indications, precautions, and contraindications of ES.
  2. Learn how to evaluate the orthoses for fit, alignment, mobility, and function.
  3. Be able to discuss how and why to choose and set the parameters and begin to use the unit.
  4. Plan treatment with TASES: know when and which muscles to stimulate, and choose an appropriate task.
  5. Be familiar with the current literature on ES and understand how it relates to pediatric patients, especially those with cerebral palsy.
  6. Understand the different theories on ES and the differences between TASES and traditional NMES or FES.
  7. Discuss the basics of task-specific movement science and the new findings on spasticity and management for those with cerebral palsy, and with and without foot orthoses to compare differences of movement and stability.
  8. Learn how to use TASES on more muscles during treatment to help gait quality, posture, and prevent contractures.
  9. Gain a basic understanding of typical gait phases and deviations and which muscle/muscles are responsible for that particular deviation.
  10. Achieve a further understanding of how to properly use the unit and switch during standing tasks and gait training
  11. Understand how to decide which muscle is needed to be stimulated according to the upper extremity task to improve ROM, spasticity resistance to passive movement, and posture and function.
  12. Understand how to decide which muscle is needed to be stimulated according to the basic UE task and how to place the electrodes on the correct motor points.
  13. Learn how to set up a task that is optimal for success for the child and be aware of posture and alignment needs.
  14. Learn how to use the unit and the switch for grasp assist during a task.

About the Speakers 
Mirav Newman PT, DPT is a Pediatric Physical Therapist with 25 years of experience. She practices in Brooklyn, NY and is the founder and owner of Dynamic Solutions Pediatric Physical & Occupational Therapy. Mirav has joined with Judy, in the effort to teach and spread the word about the many ways to help children with disabilities benefit from functional electrical stimulation. She is using TASES in her practice and is offering virtual courses and upcoming in person courses focusing on the use of functional electrical stimulation in pediatric physical therapy practice.

Judy Carmick, M.A., PT is a Pediatric Physical Therapist with over 40 years of experience in pediatrics. She is world-renowned for her work with electrical stimulation and has written numerous publications and received awards for her innovative and evidence-based approach.

Her interests are in helping children achieve motor learning, motor control, muscle strength, and range of motion by using Task-Specific Electrical Stimulation (TASES) together with movement science and motor learning ideas.

Judy has taught classes and workshops at various pediatric affiliations for many decades. She is now sharing her knowledge via virtual courses. Judy resides in the San Francisco/Oakland Bay area of California.



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