Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and Spinal Muscular Atrophy: Advancing Assessment and Interventions in Line with Medical Breakthroughs

Details Price Qty
Early Bird-Group: DMD & SMAshow details + $369.00 (USD)   Expired
Early Bird-Individual: DMD & SMAshow details + $399.00 (USD)   Expired
Full Price: DMD & SMAshow details + $429.00 (USD)  

  • DMD & SMA
    March 25, 2019 - March 26, 2019
    8:30 am - 3:30 pm

with Carly Matichak Stock, PT, DPT

Carly is a school-based PT in Bel Air, MD. She was a faculty mentor in the pediatric residency program for the school-based & muscular dystrophy (MD) components at Kennedy Krieger Institute. She took part in research trials for children with MD. She has presented at national & international venues including Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, Kinetic Connections, and Periodic Paralysis Association. She is excited to share her knowledge and skills to therapists working in the schools, clinics and homes.


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“Fantastic, organized, well-informed & factual” – PTA with 18 years experience

“Carly is very approachable and clearly loves her topic.” – PT with 21 years experience

“Loved the updated evidence and medical interventions that has helped this population so far.” – PT with 11 years experience


Medical breakthroughs for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) and Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) have changed disease progression significantly. These breakthroughs are transforming the expectations for individuals with DMD or SMA, and our roles as occupational and physical therapists. Are you equipped to provide them the services they now need?!

On Day 1, Carly will discuss pharmacologic breakthroughs and current research in the area of DMD and SMA, and how they have led to a different clinical picture than described in the past. Participants will practice administration of various assessment tools (e.g., North Star Ambulatory Assessment, Motor Function Measure, Performance of Upper Limb Assessment, etc.) to assess motor performance. Carly will discuss the use of these assessment tools to monitor outcomes and as predictors of disease progression.

On Day 2, participants will learn specific treatment ideas in the home, school and clinical settings. Carly will discuss interventions for children with various abilities, from children who are able to sit, those who are ambulatory, and those who require substantial supports from caregivers.  Participants will explore appropriate interventions for various stages of these health conditions, as well as when children are transitioning between these stages.  Contraindications will also be highlighted. Case vignettes will be utilized to illustrate effectiveness of intervention and to facilitate discussions on decision-making, goal writing, and development of plan of care. Finally, participants will be equipped with resources that they can share with families, educators and other caregivers regarding the care for individuals with DMD and SMA.

Clothing: Activewear recommended for the hands-on portions of the course


  1. Identify at least 3 specific medical advancements for DMD & SMA in the last 5 years
  2. Demonstrate the administration of at least 2 specific assessments tools to utilize in individuals with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and Spinal Muscular Atrophy
  3. Given a case study of a child with DMD or SMA, interpret the results of an assessment tool to predict disease progression
  4. Given a case study of a child with DMD or SMA, interpret the results of an assessment tool to measure outcomes
  5. Given a case study, describe 3 evidence-based interventions to include in a plan of care of an individual with DMD or SMA
  6. List 3 diagnosis-specific resources to share with families/caregivers and educators of children with DMD or SMA


OTs, PTs, COTAs and PTAs


Day 1: Assessment & Decision-Making

AM Session

  • Review of Medical Advancements in DMD & SMA
  • Standardized Assessments
    • North Star Ambulatory Assessment (NSAA)
    • Motor Function Measure (MFM) Assessment
    • Case Study and Discussion

PM Session

  • Standardized Assessments, continue
    • Performance of Upper Limb Assessment
    • Brookes and Vignos Scales
    • Case Study and Discussion
  • Decision-Making

Day 2: Intervention and Decision-Making

AM Session

  • “Early” Therapeutic Plan for Prevention/Maintenance
  • Plan of Care Development
  • The Treatment Session
  • Case Study and Discussion

PM Session

  • “Later” Stages Intervention
  • Case Study: Assessment, Intervention & Decision-making


This course qualifies for the equivalent of 12 hours of training. 

  • Connecticut: Note that CT does not require pre-approval of continuing education courses. The content of this course qualifies as continuing education as per DPH OT and PT regulations.
  • Massachusetts: The MA Board of Allied Health Professionals does not require pre-approval of continuing education courses.
  • New York: OTs & COTAs will receive 12 contact hours. PTs & PTAs will receive 14.4 contact hours as per NYS PT Board CE calculations.
  • New Jersey: Apply EBP, LLC submitted an application for approval for 12.0 credits for PTs & PTAs. Note that there is no CEU approval process for OT/COTA – all attendees will receive a certificate of completion.
  • Pennsylvania: OTs, PTs, COTAs & PTAs will receive 12 CE credits as per PA OT Board Regulations § 42.54(c)(8)
    and PA PT Board Laws & Regulations § 40.67 (d)(1)(i)(H)
  • NBCOT: You can use the certificate of completion handed at the end of the course and this brochure when submitting for NBCOT certification renewal.

If you would like to obtain CEUs for another state, please email applyebp@gmail.com.


Early Bird – Group: $369 – save $60 if 3 or more from the same organization, community group/network or study group register by February 22, 2019. Register together or separately, indicating at least 2 of your co-therapists who are also registering.

Early Bird – Individual: $399 – save $30 by registering by February 22, 2019

Full Price: $429 – available starting February 23 – March 18, 2019


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Registrants may cancel up to 14 days prior to the course for a refund minus a $75 administration fee. There will be no refund for canceling less than 14 days prior to the course. Substitution is allowed with an email notification to applyebp@gmail.com.  ApplyEBP reserves the right to cancel a course up to 21 days prior to the course due to insufficient registration, with a full refund to registrants. Please do not  arrange non-refundable travel arrangements until 20 days prior to the course, as ApplyEBP is not responsible for such expenses.

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