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As physical, occupational and speech therapists working with children with complex needs (and too often) exhausted families and disconnected teams that don't always see eye-to-eye, we recognised the need for clinical discussions that go beyond what we can gather from textbook and published guidelines.

Pia Stampe: Maximising Motor Learning and Neuroplasticity with Intensive Pediatric Therapy

Pia Stampe: Maximizing Motor Learning and Neuroplasticity with Intensive Pediatric Therapy

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Pia Stampe is a physical therapist who earned her doctor of Physical Therapy degree in the US and her undergrad degree from Denmark. This has given her a unique set of skills that, under the mentorship of Dr Karen Pape, she has used to develop a systematic and considered approach to delivering an intensive therapy model that is showing spectacular results for children with neuromotor difficulties. With the growing neuroscience research on the benefits of intensity for brain plasticity clashing with the diminishing funding available for therapy, I was super eager to pick her brains about the practical issues of providing this kind of a model in a pediatric practice - and I was not disappointed.

Pia and Karen’s approach is getting results. In this interview we get into the nitty gritty from a therapist’s perspective: scheduling, funding, tools of the trade - Pia generously shares advice, tips and tricks, along with a framework that makes her intensive therapy approach easy to implement.

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Time Stamps (drag the cursor along the sound wave - might only work on desktop)

  • A journey to becoming a great #pediPT 05:20

  • Getting into intensives 05:46 / 12:26

  • Auditory-Motor substitution with music therapy 06:19

  • Pivotal Moments - motor learning and neuroplasticity 10:39

  • A Framework for Intensive Therapy 13:51

  • Length of therapy blocks

  • Pre-block prep

  • The most important pieces 15:54

  • Goals

  • A Case-study 16:53

  • Time between blocks

  • Funding 26:18

  • Intensives in a school setting 27:32

  • Session Lengths 29:58

  • Putting it all together 31:53

  • Form Before Function 37:14

  • Biofeedback and emg-triggered stim 33:49

  • Strength and function 38:23

  • Stretching and ROM 43:00

  • Questions

  • Using low tech equipment 47:44

  • Scheduling 48:24

  • Working within a limited service delivery environment 54:00

  • Supporting the home programme 55:50

  • Non-contact time with intensives 57:12

  • Frustrations 58:25

  • Who's noteworthy 1:01:07

  • Advice for new therapists 1:01:39

  • Visual-motor rehearsal 1:03:16

  • Best Books 1:05:41

  • Developing excellence 1:07:28



Wired ON Development clickable links to great resources

A Family's perspective

Book Mentions:

I quizzed Pia after the interview about what anatomy books she finds most helpful and she gave the best suggestion - a true classic that I used more than 20 years ago as an undergrad - and they're still recommending for students - The Anatomy Coloring Book - No fluff - quick and easy to find what you need and show parents and kids what you're talking about - a great suggestion!

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