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TOPIC: Early Intervention: Using Equipment to Support Function, Family, and Fun

DATE: Tuesday, July 27th

TIME: 01:00 PM – 02:00 PM PDT Convert to your time zone 

Presented by Expert: Sally Mallory, PT, ATP, CPST

Course Description: 

Infants born prematurely or critically ill are at high risk for developmental motor disorders. Furthermore, it is recognized that the first 1000 days of life is a period of great neuroplasticity. Therefore, early detection and intervention is essential to fostering development and positive outcomes.
The purpose of this course is to review the evidence-based therapy interventions available to children and their families when having a new diagnosis and developing a treatment plan, especially as it relates to adapting to the environment and using assistive devices to support interventions and family goals. We will explore the purposes and benefits of using adaptive equipment during this period including postural management, access to the environment, enhancement of activity and participation, and reduction of potential medical complications such as hip dysplasia, scoliosis, and deformities. Case examples highlighting specific equipment types which support function, the family, and fun in the home environment will be presented.


Learning Outcomes:

  1. Describe 3 primary clinical objectives of early intervention for children ages birth to three years of age at risk for developmental delays.
  2. List at least 3 primary objectives of early use of environmental modifications including adaptive/assistive equipment.
  3. Outline 3 challenges and possible solutions when prescribing adaptive equipment for the very young child.

Instructional Level:

Introductory Completion Criteria: Attend a full 1-hour live webinar, complete post-test and course evaluation Audience: PT, OT, ATP, professionals interested in adaptive/assistive technology CEU Information: 0.1 CEU IACET and Texas Physical Therapy Association


Meet the Presenter: Sally Mallory, PT, ATP, CPST

Sally Mallory is an NDT-trained physical therapist with over 35 years of clinical experience. She has worked the majority of this time focusing on developmental pediatrics and pediatric rehabilitation. Over time, she realized the importance of utilizing assistive technology as a means to complement therapy and developmental goals. This includes seating and positioning equipment, mobility equipment, and the use of other means of support for activities of daily living. Sally has worked in a variety of settings including the NICU, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, school and home settings. She has also had her own consulting business. Sally has worked as a trainer and educator for major international equipment manufacturers. She has lectured nationally and internationally on equipment and the proper selection of equipment based upon clinical assessment. Sally is currently an educational consultant for Etac.


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As an IACET Accredited Provider, The National Registry of Rehabilitation Technology Suppliers offers CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard. Approval for 0.1 CEUs for each course is pending.


The Texas Board of Physical Therapy Association has approved for 1 CCUs for this course. 

The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy recognizes the successful completion of education (e.g., workshops, seminars, lectures, online courses, or conferences) with an assessment component at the end of the program provided by IACET-authorized providers.


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