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Kathy Martin

PT, DHSc

Dr. Martin received a BA in Athletic Training from Purdue University in 1987, an MS in Physical Therapy from the University of Indianapolis in 1990, and a Doctor of Health Science from the University of Indianapolis in 2003. She joined the faculty of the Krannert School of Physical Therapy at the University of Indianapolis in 2000 and is currently a Professor. Her clinical background includes early intervention and inpatient pediatric general acute care. Dr. Martin teaches the pediatric portion of the DPT curriculum, and her research efforts have been focused on orthotic effectiveness and children with Down syndrome. Dr. Martin is currently the Chair of the Education Committee for the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy and has been actively involved in identifying best practices in pediatric physical therapy professional education. She is also the 2008 winner of the Indiana Chapter of the APTA Frances Ekstam Award for outstanding contribution to the physical therapy profession.

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Early Motor Development in Down Syndrome: Part 2

Presented by Kathy Martin, PT, DHSc

Early Motor Development in Down Syndrome: Part 2

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Children with Down syndrome have known gross motor delays. A key role of early intervention programs is educating parents on how to foster motor development for their child. Current understanding of how typically developing children acquire new skills will be used to identify strategies to teach parents to optimize motor learning and the practice of new skills for their child with Down syndrome. These concepts will also be related back to the ideal role of a pediatric physical therapist in the early intervention setting.

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Orthotic Intervention for Hypotonia in Children With Down Syndrome

Presented by Kathy Martin, PT, DHSc

Orthotic Intervention for Hypotonia in Children With Down Syndrome

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Children with hypotonia often experience gross motor delays and excessive foot pronation. This course will review the variety of orthotic options available for hypotonia-related over-pronation, ranging from simple foot orthoses to custom made supramalleolar orthoses. Evidence from the peer-reviewed literature about the efficacy of these orthoses will be reviewed to summarize what is currently known and identify the gaps in our understanding that still exist.

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Typical Pediatric Musculoskeletal Development

Presented by Kathy Martin, PT, DHSc

Typical Pediatric Musculoskeletal Development

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In order to understand how to appropriately plan interventions for children with gross motor delays, physical therapists must first understand typical development. In this course, the typical development of the lower extremity (muscle, bone, and cartilage) will be reviewed. This will include a discussion of developmental stages in which genu valgum or genu varum and in-toeing are considered developmentally appropriate. Screening tests for femoral torsion and tibial torsion will be demonstrated. Normative data for lower extremity alignment will be reviewed with an emphasis on when to refer to an orthopedic physician.

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Development of Pediatric Independent Gait

Presented by Kathy Martin, PT, DHSc

Development of Pediatric Independent Gait

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In order to understand how to appropriately plan interventions for children with gross motor delays, physical therapists must first understand typical development. Peer reviewed data regarding the maturation of typical gait will be discussed. Contemporary motor learning theory related to skill practice will be discussed as a framework for consideration of interventions to improve gait maturation in children with gross motor delays. Several intervention activities will be demonstrated that may improve gait skill.

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Early Motor Development in Down Syndrome: Part 1

Presented by Kathy Martin, PT, DHSc

Early Motor Development in Down Syndrome: Part 1

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Children with Down syndrome have known gross motor delays. The neuromuscular and musculoskeletal factors that contribute to these delays will be reviewed in addition to discussing peer-reviewed literature that has become the gold standard for predicting when children with Down syndrome will acquire specific motor milestones. Suggestions will be offered for using this data to help educate parents about realistic expectations for motor development for their child.

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Medical Surveillance Guidelines for Down Syndrome

Presented by Kathy Martin, PT, DHSc

Medical Surveillance Guidelines for Down Syndrome

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Individuals with Down syndrome may have multiple medical comorbidities that may potentially affect any system in the body. This course will provide a brief overview of common medical issues in children with Down syndrome. Appropriate questions for conducting a systems review will be discussed along with red flags that would warrant a referral to a physician. The American Academy of Pediatrics' guidelines for health supervision of infants and young children will also be reviewed.

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