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Determining a Client’s 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 therapist’s 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 client’s functional emotional developmental level, but first we will discuss some options for determining a client’s 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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NDT/Bobath Certificate Course in the Management of Adults with Stroke and Brain Injury
Dates: January 18, 2018-February 14, 2018
Location: Christus Trinity Mother Frances Rehabilitation Hospital Affiliated with HealthSouth
Tyler, TX
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Managing Adults with Hemiplegia—An NDT/Bobath Perspective (18S08KKWA)
Dates: January 20th-21st, 2018
Location: Good Samaritan Hospital/MultiCare Health System
Puyallup, WA
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NDT/Bobath Certificate Course in the Management and Treatment of Children with Cerebral Palsy and Other Neuromotor Disorders
Dates: February 02, 2018-October 16, 2018
Location: Connect and Ability at Warm Springs
San Antonio, TX
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