Baby Steps: Building Ambulation Interventions for Infants and Young Children with Posture and Movement Dysfunction

Apr 23, Thursday – Apr 25, Saturday 8:00am – 5:00pm

Baby Steps: Building Ambulation Interventions for Infants and Young Children with Posture and Movement Dysfunction

RESCHEDULED - New Dates coming

Course Description:

How do you maximize your time and target gait in your interventions with infants and toddlers? This course will focus on pre and early ambulation in a population that is predisposed to rapid and dramatic changes: the birth to three population. We will examine typical and atypical ambulation development in infants/toddlers and determine how best to incorporate therapeutic activities into their natural environment and routines. The impact of biomechanics, the neuromuscular system, the sensory system, orthotics, and assistive equipment will be integrated as participants learn to build intervention strategies to address ambulation early and effectively in infants and toddlers with diagnoses such as CP, developmental delay, prematurity, and Down syndrome.

Course Objectives:

  • Recognize and mediate adverse influences of the biomechanical, neuromuscular, and other body systems (respiratory, visual, sensory, GI, etc.) on the development of ambulation in infants and toddlers
  • Develop and use pre‑ambulation interventions to build the capacity for ambulation and teach families/ caregivers to incorporate into the child's daily routine
  • Examine evidence‑based intervention supports such as handling, treadmill, taping, and dynamic garments
  • Compare benefits to disadvantages of orthotic use by implementing current evidence in selecting and progressing orthotics to enhance functional early ambulation and preserve the quality of later ambulation


This course is designed for PTs, PTAs, OTs and OTAs to address the needs of infants and toddlers often serviced in birth to three programs. Content applies to children who are developmentally functioning at a 0‑3 age.


Jan McElroy, PhD, PT, PCS, C/NDT, has 35 years of pediatric experience with the 0‑3‑year population in a wide range of settings including NICU, acute care, Early Intervention, outpatient, and inpatient rehabilitation. Jan graduated from the School of Physical Therapy at the University of Missouri in 1972 and owns a private pediatric PT clinic in Columbia, Missouri. Her teaching experience includes clinical, classroom, and continuing education settings. She is currently adjunct faculty at the University of Missouri School of Physical Therapy and is primary physical therapy faculty on the TIPS for KIDS grant. Her national continuing education short courses focus on baby treatment, treatment of infants born preterm, serial casting and temporary foot supports, and gait. Jan is currently a NDTA pediatric PT instructor candidate assisting in Neuro‑Developmental Treatment 8 week pediatric and 3‑week advanced baby courses. Jan completed the PhD program in Pediatric Science at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, 2011. She is conducting research in lower extremity movement patterns in infants born full term and preterm, baby treatment, and the effects of treadmill training.


Mary Bridge Children’s Therapy
402 15th Ave. SE
Puyallup, WA 98372
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2.1 CEUs (21 Education Contact Hours)


Full refund of the course registration fee, less $75 administration fee, will be granted upon receipt of written request post marked 21 days prior to date of class.


Mail to:

Mary Bridge Children's Therapy
ATTN: Normajean/Education
402 15th AVE SE
Puyallup, WA 98372
fax: 253-697-5145
email:  [email protected]

Location Details

Mary Bridge Children's Therapy-
402 15th AVE SE Puyallup, WA 98372

Contact Details

[email protected]

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