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Determining a Clientís Severity of Disability Using the GMFCS, MACS, CFCS, EADCS, and Functional Emotional Developmental Levels

Sara Kerrick, PT, PCS, C/NDT & Molly McBroom, OTR/L, C/NDT
1 Continuing Education Credit(s) Available
Current theories of motor science tell us that if a person is more engaged during treatment, he/she are more likely to make lasting positive changes. If a person is able to communicate his or her likes and dislikes, a therapist can use this information to guide treatment and enhance the functional aspects of the plan of care. This communication is true regardless of the client and the severity of his or her involvement.
For our clients who are more severely involved, being able to actively motivate and engage them in a treatment session can be challenging. It can require more active problem-solving on the therapistís part and more detective work together with the family and client to determine what motivates him/her. In this article, we hope to explore as therapists how we can better engage our clients who are more involved through the assessment of a clientís functional emotional developmental level, but first we will discuss some options for determining a clientís level of severity.

Participants will be able to:

1. Identify four different functional classification systems used for people with cerebral palsy addressing gross motor, manual abilities, communication, and eating and drinking.

2. Describe similarities between functional classification systems and the value of using functional classification system for describing functional skills for a person with cerebral palsy.

3. Identify the first six Functional Emotional Developmental Levels (FEDLs), as developed by Dr. Stanley Greenspan and colleagues
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The Use of Therapeutic Aquatics for Functional Gains Through the Life Span (18S35JSAINT)
Dates: May 31, 2018-June 02, 2018
Location: My Whole Child, Centre for Children with Special N
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Utilizing NDT and Sensory Integration Strategies to Facilitate Functional Skills Through Play
Dates: May 31, 2018-June 01, 2018
Location: Therapeutic Interventions of Georgia, Inc.
Augusta, GA
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Integrated Treatment Strategies For the Rib Cage, Shoulder Girdle and Upper Extremities
Dates: June 01st-03rd, 2018
Location: The Learning Center of Northeast Arkansas Inc
Jonesboro, AR
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