Pediatric Physical Therapist, Amy Cooper, PT, DP
In the opening module, Amy will begin with laying a solid foundation of typical anatomical, physiological and motor development from birth through adolescence. This information will inform your work with young people, helping you to identify realistic expectations for your students, providing insight regarding atypical development, and allowing us to place our students along a developmental as well as chronological continuum.
Course objectives include understanding developmental anatomy and the changes that occur in the musculoskeletal system; the transition from primitive reflexes through the developmental movement sequences, which allow children to move more intentionally; and the complex unifying purposes of the vestibular system in maintaining balance and equilibrium, and regulating arousal levels.
Amy Cooper, PT, DP is a pediatric physical therapist with 13 years of experience working with children from birth to age 12. She has a wide range of experience in pediatrics including providing early intervention home services, preschool and elementary age school-based services, aquatic therapy, and teaching experience at the graduate level. She has worked with typically developing children in after school programs designed to develop a love of running and other fitness activities, as well as with children with significant physical and cognitive disabilities. Amy has been an athlete for her entire life, she enjoys long distance running, triathlons, cycling, yoga and strength training, and loves to be outdoors hiking, biking and swimming whenever possible.