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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.

TheraTogs Research and Evidence Based Practice for Pediatric Physical and Occupational Therapists


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The essence of evidence-based practice lies in the intersection of theory and practice, particularly when it comes to the complex and ever-changing nature of pediatric therapy.


While therapists have long recognized the therapeutic benefits of TheraTogs in their day-to-day practice, research in this area has often fallen short of capturing the value and impact we see. Fortunately, recent publications have begun to bridge this gap, shedding light on the effectiveness of TheraTogs and aligning with therapists' real-world experiences.


In this fascinating interview, I had the privilege of sitting down with Billi Cusick herself to explore why previous research may have failed to capture the essence of TheraTogs' therapeutic benefits and delve into the exciting advancements in the latest studies that are starting to ask the right questions, capture the right outcomes and provide meaningful insights that are actually clinically useful.


But wait....


That's not all!


We also also take a closer look at the dos and don'ts of using TheraTogs, provide tips on how to apply them, discuss some different approaches to orthotics and so much more!


If you are looking to enhance your skills and understanding of TheraTogs, orthotics and how to critically appraise the evidence around this topic, then you're not going to want to miss this interview!


Enjoy!!




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Podcast Highlights

  • 03:31 minutes- Functioning alignment

  • 06:72 minutes- The problem with gait as an outcome measure

  • 09:37 minutes- Research

  • 23:09 minutes- Getting started with TheraTogs the right way

  • 27:51 minutes- Dosage and Longevity

  • 32:00 minutes- History of use

  • 34:59 minutes- Orthotics and TheraTogs

  • 36:06 minutes- QUESTIONS

  • 39:41 minutes- Cost and compliance

  • 44:29 minutes- TheraTogs over clothes

  • 45:15 minutes- Sourcing TheraTogs outside of the USA

  • 45:46 minutes- Addressing w-sitting and Clinical Consults

  • 48:22 minutes-Training

  • 49:20 minutes- Recycling TheraTogs

  • 51:36 minutes- Sequence for applying TheraTogs correctly

  • 52:59 minutes- Researching TheraTogs

  • 56:07 minutes- TheraTogs and Scoliosis


Resources

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Billi

Mentioned

Research


"Unless researchers are reporting that they're measuring changes in alignment and body weight management before they measure functional outcomes, you don't really know if they're achieving the core purpose of TheraTogs before they're looking at what TheraTogs can do."


Essential Books​​

Recommended by Billi in this interview and her previous interview HERE





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