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Consider Cusick's Corner your corner of the internet. This is where you'll find a treasure trove of Progressive GaitWays resources, Billi's insightful musings, and a carefully curated selection of posts and podcasts from expert guest contributors.

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At Cusick's Corner, you can visit time and time again to explore the latest research, scientific breakthroughs, and innovative ideas in pediatric rehabilitation therapy. Our aim is to create a repository of content that empowers and inspires you to push the boundaries and achieve great things.

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A Worthy—and More Accurate—Alternative to BOTOX Injections

A Worthy—and More Accurate—Alternative to BOTOX Injections

Author: Beverly (Billi) Cusick, PT, MS, NDT, COF/BOC

Skeletal muscle tissues in children and adults with neuromotor dysfunction such as cerebral palsy and stroke commonly exhibit decreased volume and increased stiffness over time. Hypertonus, defined as an increased resistance to passive stretch, can occur because of secondary non-neural changes in muscle fibers, collagen tissue, and tendon properties.[1] Viscoelasticity is a tissue property whereby the faster the change imposed on fascia-coated muscle length, the greater is the passive tension generated in the absence of evidence of muscle

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January 25, 2024
wiredON Podcast TheraTogs Research for Pediatric Occupational and Physical Therapists

TheraTogs Research for Pediatric Occupational and Physical Therapists

Podcaster: Dr. Mindy Silva, Guest Contributor

There are many brilliant and passionate therapists in our world of neuromotor development, but few come close to Beverly Cusick in their ability to shape the lives of the children we see. I mean that both at the most pragmatic level, where Billi’s teaching of serial casting and orthotic prescription has literally shaped thousands of feet for the better, and her brilliance in developing TheraTogs has contributed to the improved alignment and development of a thousand more little bodies.

But I also mean this as a more theoretical level where Billi's relentless drive to make sense of the science as it relates to growing bodies and her pedantic attention to detail has given us the most impactful tools in our therapy toolbox to really understand, measure, and monitor the work that we do reliably, repeatably and meaningfully.

Listen in on the conversation.

Download 2023 TheraTogs Research References

June 05, 2023
Tags: TheraTogs
How to make a postural control training aid for the home or school

Clever Postural Control Training Aid for the Home or School

Author: Billi (Beverly) Cusick, PT, MS, COF, NDT

The great idea I want to pass on to you is the adapted plastic barrel you see in the photos. Elizabeth spends ~20-30 minutes/day standing in this barrel and playing ball while wearing her tuned AFOs and shoes — and at the time of this photo — her SWASH orthosis (no longer needed).

The advantages of this barrel as a postural control and strengthening aid include:

  • A safe and controlled environment in which to practice self-initiated and self-controlled body weight shifting and recovery skills while engaged in a game that requires overhead throwing.
  • The interior diameter of the upper barrel can be adjusted down by lining it with foam rubber.
  • Daily strengthening of antigravity musculature needed for trunk and hip control.

 Read on for the materials you'll need and the how to assemble the barrel.

April 25, 2023
wiredON Podcast Spinal Neuromodulation in Cerebral Palsy with Dr. Susan Hastings and Dr. Reggie Edgerton

Spinal Neuromodulation in Cerebral Palsy, Parts One and Two

Podcaster: Dr. Mindy Silva, Guest Contributor

WiredON Development's podcast "Spinal Neuromodulation in Cerebral Palsy" has been described as DROP EVERYTHING ELSE YOU'RE DOING AND LISTEN.

Did we need to shout that? Yes. And rightfully so. 

Dr. Mindy Silva has an in-depth chat with her guests Dr. Reggie Edgerton and Dr. Susan Hastings as they pull the curtain back on the mechanism of cerebral palsy, motor learning, neuroplasticity, and so much more.

If you’re not familiar with Dr. Reggie Edgerton, Dr. Silva describes him as the father of using neuromodulation to reorganize neural networks after spinal cord injury. And Dr. Susan Hastings is the physical therapist who discovered the application of spinal neuromodulation in the recovery of function for children with cerebral palsy. 

So pop those white earbuds in and get ready as Dr. Silva digs into their theories and hypotheses, practical applications, and current understandings of how the spinal cord is able to change the brain and deliver truly unbelievable outcomes in children with cerebral palsy.

And note, it's a two parter. Part 2 is a continuation of their conversation, where they get into the nitty-gritty details about ​​the benefits of low-intensity amplitude with spinal neuromodulation. Enjoy!

Listen in on the conversation.

February 27, 2023
Children playing in the w-sitting position

The Myth of Evidence-Based Practice

Author: Dr. Mindy Silva, Guest Contributor

Evidence based practice (EBP) has become an aversive phrase for me over the past few years, even as I immersed myself in writing up a thesis for my PhD.

It’s a little surprising to reflect on this actually, considering one of the significant factors influencing my decision to undertake a PhD was that I love nothing more than immersing myself in the research. I started a PhD so I could have legitimate reason to sit on my but and read publications all day.

So how’d we go from loving research to being allergic to the phrase EBP?

Read on.