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Cynthia N. Potter

PT, MS, DPT

Cindy Potter, PT, MS, DPT, has worked with children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in many different practice settings, including early intervention, outpatient, preschool, school, community-based settings, and ICF/IDD facilities for 39 years. She earned a BS in biology and English writing from Allegheny College, an MS in health-related professions (developmental disabilities track) from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Slippery Rock University. She is a former associate professor and chair of the Graduate School of Physical Therapy at Slippery Rock University. She currently serves as chairman of the State Board of Physical Therapy in Pennsylvania and is in her third term on the licensure board. She has presented internationally and has published in peer-reviewed journals. With a strong interest in global health, she has served on 20 medical missions and is the president of the nonprofit Honduras Hope Mission, Inc.

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Treating Aging Adults With Genetic Causes of I/DD: Down Syndrome & ASD

Presented by Cynthia N. Potter, PT, MS, DPT

Treating Aging Adults With Genetic Causes of I/DD: Down Syndrome & ASD

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Video Runtime: 83 Minutes; Learning Assessment Runtime: 39 Minutes

Individuals aging with genetic causes of intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) such as Down syndrome and autism spectrum disorders have specific problems unique to these diagnoses. As more individuals with Down syndrome and autism live longer, and as the numbers of those diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders have increased, physical therapists and physical therapy assistants in all settings are likely to encounter these patients. An understanding of unique diagnosis-related issues that occur is key to developing effective interventions and health promotion strategies to support a high quality of life and maximize function in these individuals. This course will cover the common characteristics and clinical issues, with a focus on Down syndrome and autism spectrum disorders.

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Treating Aging Adults With Cerebral Palsy

Presented by Cynthia N. Potter, PT, MS, DPT

Treating Aging Adults With Cerebral Palsy

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Video Runtime: 59 Minutes; Learning Assessment Runtime: 40 Minutes

Individuals aging with cerebral palsy have specific problems unique to this diagnosis. Depending on the Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS) level and a wide variety of secondary problems that may be present, the course of aging for these individuals is quite variable. As more individuals with cerebral palsy live longer and more independently in community settings, physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapists, and occupational therapy assistants in all settings are likely to encounter these patients. An understanding of unique diagnosis-related issues that can occur is key to developing effective interventions and health promotion strategies to support a higher quality of life and maximize function for these individuals. This course will cover the common characteristics and clinical issues that can impact function in those with cerebral palsy, including common orthopedic problems, muscle development, and the role of physical activity.

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Aging Adults With Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities: Overview

Presented by Cynthia N. Potter, PT, MS, DPT

Aging Adults With Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities: Overview

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Video Runtime: 86 Minutes; Learning Assessment Runtime: 48 Minutes

Individuals aging with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are living longer than previous generations and their numbers are increasing. Physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapists, and occupational therapist assistants in all settings are likely to encounter those with I/DD as patients. There is a need to understand the unique differences in the aging process as compared with aging in the typical population. The ability to recognize the specific functional, medical, cognitive, and psychosocial problems that may occur is key to effectively treat and develop appropriate health promotion strategies is to support a high quality of life for individuals with I/DD. The World Health Organization notes that as more people with IDD age, health care needs increase and further disparities in functional impairment, morbidity, and mortality can occur. This course will cover the common characteristics and clinical issues associated with aging in this population and appropriate physical activity and fall prevention strategies that may be appropriate for this population.

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Pediatric Motor Problems & Visual Impairment: Introduction

Presented by Cynthia N. Potter, PT, MS, DPT

Pediatric Motor Problems & Visual Impairment: Introduction

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Visual impairments have the potential to dramatically affect how children develop and are able to learn. The course outlines delays across developmental domains that can be anticipated as a result of visual impairments. The effect of visual impairment on development of head and trunk control and postural stability is described. Common delays in motor skills and motor planning are explained. Case examples to illustrate use of compensatory strategies are discussed.

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Pediatric Motor Problems & Visual Impairment: Impact & Interventions

Presented by Cynthia N. Potter, PT, MS, DPT

Pediatric Motor Problems & Visual Impairment: Impact & Interventions

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Visual impairments have the potential to dramatically affect how children develop and are able to learn. The course focuses on differences in postural control, gait, and functional skills that can be anticipated as a result of visual impairments. A case study of twins with different types of visual impairments is presented.

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Pediatric Visual Impairments & Developmental Impact

Presented by Cynthia N. Potter, PT, MS, DPT

Pediatric Visual Impairments & Developmental Impact

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This course provides participants with a review of common visual problems associated with developmental and sensory disabilities. The impact of these conditions on the child's visual function and development is described. Examples of children with common visual problems and interventions individualized to the child's capabilities are discussed.

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Introduction to Visual Impairments & Visual Testing for Pediatrics

Presented by Cynthia N. Potter, PT, MS, DPT

Introduction to Visual Impairments & Visual Testing for Pediatrics

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This course provides participants with an overview of the visual system and its development, definitions of blindness and low vision/partial sight, and the incidence of visual impairments. Components of visual screening and examination are presented and relevance of test results to physical therapy treatment is discussed.

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