Pediatric Hand Therapy and Orthotic Intervention for Musculoskeletal Conditions (hybrid online format)

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15 1/2 contact hours

For Pediatric Therapists who treat hands, and Hand Therapists who treat children!

Pediatric patients are different from adult patients and can pose many challenges. This specialized, hands-on hybrid online CE course provides a valuable learning opportunity for therapists who are challenged by the orthopedic issues that arise when treating musculoskeletal conditions in a pediatric patient. In addition to didactic learning, you will enhance your clinical skills by fabricating 6 orthoses.

Course features:

  • recorded lectures
  • recorded step-by-step demonstrations and specialized techniques for fabrication of orthoses
  • independent orthosis fabrication: we include thermoplastics and splint supplies for you to fabricate 6 orthoses — an $85 value (ships only to US mailing addresses)
  • case study assignments
  • two one-hour interactive Virtual Classroom Zoom meetings–focusing on case studies, review of fabrication techniques, Q & A
  • email access to the instructor throughout the course

Prior to the first Virtual Classroom Zoom meeting, you must complete 5 1/2 hours of recordings, case study assignments and fabricate several orthoses

Prior to the second Virtual Classroom Zoom meeting, you must complete 3 hours of recordings, case study assignments and fabricate several orthoses.

Please consider the above requirements when you select your Virtual Classroom Zoom meetings from these dates:

  • Sundays, Feb 21 and Mar 14, 2021
  • Sundays, April 18 and May 16, 2021
  • Sundays, June 13 and July 11, 2021
  • Sundays, Aug 15 and Sept 12, 2021
  • Sundays, Oct 17 and Nov 14, 2021
  • Sundays, Jan 16 and Feb 13, 2022

All Virtual Classroom meetings via Zoom will be held from 4:00-5:00pm EST  (3-4pm CST • 2-3pm MST • 1-2pm PST) You must attend BOTH meetings of your selected session to receive full CE credits.

You are required to provide a heating pan, heavy duty hole punch and splinting scissors. Download list of course supplies.

Please read course requirements carefully BEFORE registering for this course. All courses are final sale.

TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENTS- read before registering
  • computer/tablet with speakers and good internet access to view course videos.
  • computer/tablet with webcam, microphone and speakers or Smartphone will be needed to participate in Zoom meeting with instructor.
  • Smartphone camera or digital camera/camcorder will be needed to photograph or video record fabrication of specific orthoses.
  • ability to share links to your photographs/short videos of orthoses, stored in your cloud-based storage, i.e. Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud, YouTube account, Vimeo account, etc. (Due to file size limitations, file uploads may not be supported by email.)
  • email access for communication about the course.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS- read before registering

As a requirement of this course, you will need to:

  • view recorded lectures and demonstrations for lesson 1-6 prior to attending the first required Virtual Classroom via Zoom.
  • view recorded lectures and demonstrations for lesson 7-9 prior to attending the second required Virtual Classroom via Zoom.
  • have access to splinting tools and supplies.
  • have access to another person (child or adult) on whom you can fabricate 6 upper extremity orthoses.
  • complete and submit photos/short videos of six orthoses fabricated on another person.
  • share access to photos/short videos via link to your cloud storage, i.e. Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud, YouTube account, Vimeo account, etc. (Due to file size limitations, file uploads may not be supported by email.)
  • complete quizzes at end of each lesson, and four case study assignments.
  • participate in two scheduled one-hour Virtual Classroom sessions (via Zoom) with the instructor. These will review fabrication techniques, completed orthoses, case studies and provide additional opportunity for questions and answers.
  • complete course evaluation.

Course Overview

Pediatric patients are different from adult patients and can pose many challenges. In this hybrid online CE course with 2 one-hour Virtual Classroom meetings, you will:

  • learn strategies to successfully meet these challenges and understand approaches for evaluating, treating, and providing orthoses (splints) and home programs for the pediatric patient with musculoskeletal conditions.
  • gain knowledge and skills through lectures, demonstrations, independent orthotic fabrication labs, and case scenarios.
  • focus on planning treatment, therapy ideas, orthoses recommendations, and goals setting.
  • successfully create and design 6 orthoses (splints).

Presented with support from evidence-based information regarding normal hand development, evaluation, therapeutic intervention and orthotic intervention.

Course includes review of:

  • normal hand skill development from birth to 5 years
  • most common pediatric outcomes measures and evaluation tools for orthopedic conditions
  • developmental and functional issues for children with musculoskeletal conditions
  • identification of specific orthotic intervention for children with musculoskeletal conditions
  • pre-surgical and post-surgical intervention strategies for commonly treated pediatric musculoskeletal, neuromuscular and rheumatologic conditions.
  • overview of orthotic intervention principles and techniques specifically for pediatric patients
  • decision making skills for therapy intervention, home program and orthotic intervention
  • methods to encourage cooperation during fabrication with pediatric patients
  • methods to enhance compliance with use of the orthoses with pediatric patients
  • review of available prefabricated orthoses for pediatric patients

Who Should Attend
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Certified Hand Therapists

What You Will Learn

Course Objectives:

Upon completion, participant will be able to::

  • Identify 3 unique aspects of hand therapy for pediatric patients with musculoskeletal conditions.
  • Identify the appropriate age norms for 3 specific developmental skills below the age of 5 years that affect hand skill development
  • List 3 pediatric evaluation tools that are standardized for use on pediatric patients with upper extremity conditions.
  • Choose 2 treatment techniques that would be appropriate to utilize after surgery for a pediatric patient with one of the following conditions: brachial plexus palsy, upper extremity trauma, congenital hand conditions, neuromuscular disorders, and rheumatologic conditions
  • Identify 3 ways to improve compliance and wear time with orthotic intervention for a pediatric patient with musculoskeletal conditions
  • Compare two differences in treatment of flexor tendon repair of the hand for pediatric patients vs. adult patients.
  • Adapt 3 common items found in the home or clinic into treatment or home program ideas for improving motion or function of the upper extremity
  • Create 6 orthoses, from beginning of the design process to the finalization of the orthotic fabrication, correctly utilizing all of the orthotic mechanical principles.
  • Critique each fabricated orthosis for correct fit by utilizing 3 factors: freedom of distal joints, 3 points of pressure, appropriate application of straps.
  • Propose 3 appropriate therapy goals and treatment strategies for the pediatric patient with neuromuscular condition described in the scenario.

CE Credits

CE Credits

15.5 contact hours.

(2 contact hours of synchronous learning and 13.5 hours asynchronous learning)

This course is accepted by many professional credentialing organizations and state professional regulatory boards. Rules and regulations change frequently without notification, and apply differently to live and online courses. Please check with your state board to confirm accuracy of this list and acceptance of contact hours. Certificate of Attendance will be issued to all participants upon completion of the course and may be used for CEU verification of credits. CE credits vary by state. Please check with your state board/certifying agency to confirm conversion of contact hours to CE.

Course Requirements

To complete this course, you will need access to a heating pan, splinting scissors, and thermoplastic splinting materials and strapping materials to independently fabricate 6 orthoses on another person. You will be required to share photos and/or short videos of your completed orthoses. Instructor will evaluate orthosis fabrication and determine proficiency of 100% correct using 3 variables. You will be required to complete case study assignments and short quizzes at the end of each lesson, and participate in two interactive Virtual Classroom sessions.  A post-test at the end of the course (passing score:85%) is used to evaluate new knowledge.

For a list of required splinting tools and supplies click here.


Jill Peck-Murray, MOT, OTR/L, CHT is a pediatric hand therapist. She worked as an occupational therapist/hand therapist at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, CA from 1982 through 2017. During these 35 years, she gained expertise with special skills in creative splinting/orthotic intervention and developed the hand therapy program for the hospital.

She is currently devoting her time to sharing her knowledge with the therapy community by teaching continuing education courses. She has been teaching Pediatric oriented CE courses nationwide through Rehab Education, LLC since 2007.

Jill has authored numerous journal articles, chapters on pediatric splinting/orthotic intervention in “Orthotic Intervention for the Hand and Upper Extremity” and “Foundations for Pediatric Occupational Therapy”. She has also co-authored a book entitled “101 Creative Therapy Ideas.

She has presented at annual conferences for professional organizations (AOTA, ASHT and OTAC). She is currently the President of the San Diego Hand Special Interest Group.