Online Course Curriculum

Introduction to TASES Upper Quarter and Lower Quarter classes – Introduction to the current research, indications for use of TASES, using the unit, evaluation, treatment planning, and application. This is a two day course, day 1 is attended by both Upper and Lower Quarter students together.  Day 2 is Lower Quarter and Day 3 is one week later for Upper Quarter. These two courses may be combined and taken simultaneously.

TASES for the Pelvis

TASES for the Trunk

Advanced TASES for Gait

In Person Course Curriculum

Level 1 TASES In Person is a two day in person course aimed at Introductory level students. This course includes an introduction to the current research, indications for use of TASES, using the unit, evaluation, treatment planning, and application. This two day course combines Upper Quarter. Lower Quarter and Pelvis training and application.

Level 1 TASES is a 2-day in-person course from 9 am to 5 pm. This course is lecture and lab-based and focuses on A Framework for the Application of  Electric Stimulation for Children. Day one focuses on the basics of TASES and electrical stimulation. Lectures review and synthesize the current literature on the physiology of muscles affected by cerebral palsy (CP), spasticity, spasticity management, and bracing considerations. Students learn how to evaluate alignment and posture in sitting and standing, analyze movement patterns and gait, and begin to plan the TASES treatment based on appropriate muscle choice. On day 1, students also learn to adjust parameters and use an NMES unit. In lab sessions, students practice TASES on each other on the medial gastrocnemius and the gluteus maximus muscles during sitting and standing.  Students also practice using TASES during transitions such as sit-to-stand and half-kneeling. In addition, we add TASES to several pelvic muscles that assist the child with sitting balance and stability, head and trunk control, and increased lower extremity mobility.

Day two elaborates on upper quarter TASES application, emphasizing reach and grasp, prone activities, and creeping on hands and knees. Additional instruction for TASES application to more trunk, core, and pelvic musculature  is covered. Finally, gait lab with training using the switch completes the course. Live patient demonstrations are possible each day, depending on time and prior arrangements.

 

 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the current literature and updated thinking about cerebral palsy, spasticity,  and physiology of musculature in individuals with neuromuscular disorders. 
  2. Evaluate a child to use TASES as an intervention and understand the impact of alignment.
  3. Create a treatment plan using TASES as the primary intervention based on PT/OT problems, clinical rationale, evidence, and patient/family goals.
  4. Apply TASES using correct parameters, muscle choice, electrode placement, and timing using the switch based on desired outcomes and task.
  5. Apply sound clinical decision-making principles within the indications, precautions, and contraindications of electrical stimulation.
  6. Set up an appropriate task for TASES treatment with proper alignment, posture, movement pattern, and environment.
  7. Evaluate and adjust the use of orthosis to allow for activation and strengthening of the muscles while also preserving structure and optimizing function.

Approved 16 CEUs. This course is subcontracted to Redefine Health Education. RHE is a registered CE approval agency of the PT Board of California, a rule-approved CE provider of the PT Board of Florida (#50-32784), a licensed CE sponsor of physical therapy continuing education by the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation (IDFPR #216.000360), an approved CE provider of the PT Board of New Mexico, an approved CE provider of the PT Board of Oklahoma (#BAP202310010) and recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved sponsor of PT/PTA continuing education. In addition to the aforementioned jurisdictions, courses approved by other state boards & APTA chapters will be accepted for licensure credit in all the jurisdictions listed on this webpage, pursuant to regulation: www.redefinehealthed.com/ceuinfo. If you have a specific question about CE credit for this course in your state, please direct your inquiry, including the course title in which you are interested, to info@redefinehealthed.com.

*If you are a Florida licensee, this is the CE Broker approval# for this course is 20-1158834.

Level 2 TASES In Person is a two day course that includes more advanced concepts for Gait, Shoulder, and Trunk.  This course includes live practice with children that volunteer and a practicum. Level 2 TASES In person includes more advanced  exploration of musculature specific to diagnosis, movement pattern dysfunction, and combinations using multiple units.  Live demonstrations and labs including children are included.

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