The Golden Rule of Managing Pediatric Orthopedic and Motor Development

Early Postural Control Acquisition, Part 1

1 Hour — $45 — 60-Day Access

Your First Golden Rule

In The Golden Rule, Part 1 — Early Postural Control Acquisition online course, you'll learn from Billi Cusick as she reviews key biomechanical and sensory-motor aspects of early postural control acquisition — the essential foundation for building competent limb use and movement skills.

She then applies her golden rule to three cases, and answers questions posted during the original live webinar of this course. 

Wrapping up this hour-long online course, Billi cites clinicians who have influenced her work in significant ways, and the key contributions they have made to our understanding of postural control development. 

Then in Golden Rule, Part 2 — Expanding Postural Control into Movement — Billi builds upon the science and foundation of Early Postural Control Acquisition by addressing the biomechanical and somatosensory aspects of the developing infant’s progress after stabilizing the body center of mass in prone and supine positions.

Part 1 of this on-demand course is required prior to enrolling in Part 2.

Available in French from our training partner Bia Formations. Other translations in progress.

Customer Reviews
Billi has the ability to take difficult concepts and break them down into ways that you understand and can use in practice. Her incredible knowledge of how the body moves and what it needs to work properly is impressive. I encourage anybody who wants to become a better clinician to take a course with Billi Cusick!
Very Clear and thorough explanation of all concepts. Immediately and directly applicable to treatment with children related to boney alignment/development, muscle activation patterns, and ways to intervene to improve postural control.

Golden Nuggets, Part 1

Your Takeaways

✔️ Define postural control

✔️ Discuss the significance of the drive for verticality in daily life.

✔️ Define Bly’s point of stability and point of mobility and to give an example upon request.

✔️ Describe the influence of the drive for verticality on the point of stability in early development in prone position.

✔️ Name three sensory systems involved in postural control and movement acquisition. 

✔️ State the correct sequence of the body planes in which postural control emerges prior to walking according to Bly. 

✔️ State the first and second components of movement against gravity that emerge in normal development. 

✔️ State the proposed clinical “golden rule” of pediatric orthopedic and neuromotor management.

✔️ Suggest interventions that implement the golden rule for infants with deficits in postural control following premature birth.

Continuing Education Credits

Earn CEU Credits Online

PHYSICAL THERAPISTS: Upon course completion, you’ll earn a total of 1.0 contact hours which are accepted for PT continuing education credits in over 40 states via Redefine Health Education. For a list of states that accept these CEUs and information about obtaining them in those that do not, please visit Redefine Health Education's website

ORTHOTISTS/PROSTHETISTS: This on-demand online course earns you 1.25 Category I scientific credits through the American Board for Certification (ABC). Full participation in this program is required to be eligible for the full amount of credits approved, which means you need to watch the hour-long course, answer 15 quiz questions, get 80% correct to pass, and complete an evaluation form. 

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS: Our application to AOTA for Approved Provider status is in process. Email us for further details.

Want a closer look before you enroll? Here are the details.

The moment you enroll in this course you gain 60-days' access to the content topics shown. From start to finish, Billi brings her experience, research, and discernment to the improvement of your practice.

Beginning with Postural Control.

Please note: this course is available on demand, and may be accessed at any time during your 60-day access period, which begins on the date you purchased the webinar, not the date you hit play.

Section 1: Early Postural Control Acquisition

Section 2: Let's begin...

Section 3: Postural Control

Section 4: Postural Control Changes in Prone and Supine Positions

Section 5: Three Cases

Section 6: Summary Conclusions

Section 7: Q&A

Section 8: The Mentors' Footsteps

The Big Three

The Big Three course bundle gives you access to three courses at one low price of $133, and includes The Golden Rule of Managing Pediatric Orthopedic and Motor Development, Part 1 and Part 2, and The W-Sitting Controversy.

Meet Your Instructor

Billi Cusick

Billi Cusick, PT, MS, NDT, COF/BOC, is an internationally known pediatric physical therapist whose specialty is the orthopedic development and orthotic management of children with cerebral palsy and other neuromotor deficits. 

She has been teaching these and related topics since 1978, including presentations by invitation for the APTA, AACPDM, AOPA, and AAOP and more than 460 full programs and workshops worldwide.

Billi received her BS in PT from Bouve College at Northeastern University in Boston, MA in 1972, and her MS in Clinical and College Teaching for Allied Health Professionals from the University of Kentucky in Lexington in 1988. She is an Associate Professor for the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions – Pediatrics Program – Provo, Utah (2006-present) and is NDT basic- and baby-trained.