You are now viewing our public site. Back to Dashboard

Treating Aging Adults With Genetic Causes of I/DD: Down Syndrome & ASD

presented by Cynthia N. Potter

Accrediting Body:

Target Audience:

Levels:
Disclosure Statement:

Financial: Cynthia N. Potter receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Cynthia N. Potter has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

MedBridge is committed to accessibility for all of our subscribers. If you are in need of a disability-related accommodation, please contact support@medbridgeed.com. We will process requests for reasonable accommodation and will provide reasonable accommodations where appropriate, in a prompt and efficient manner.

Accreditation Check:
Video Runtime: 83 Minutes; Learning Assessment Runtime: 39 Minutes

Individuals aging with genetic causes of intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) such as Down syndrome and autism spectrum disorders have specific problems unique to these diagnoses. As more individuals with Down syndrome and autism live longer, and as the numbers of those diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders have increased, physical therapists and physical therapy assistants in all settings are likely to encounter these patients. An understanding of unique diagnosis-related issues that occur is key to developing effective interventions and health promotion strategies to support a high quality of life and maximize function in these individuals. This course will cover the common characteristics and clinical issues, with a focus on Down syndrome and autism spectrum disorders.

Meet Your Instructor

Cynthia N. Potter, PT, MS, DPT

Cindy Potter, PT, MS, DPT, has worked with children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in many different practice settings, including early intervention, outpatient, preschool, school, community-based settings, and ICF/IDD facilities for 39 years. She earned a BS in biology and English writing from Allegheny College, an MS in health-related professions (developmental disabilities track)…

Read full bio

Chapters & Learning Objectives

Download Learning Objectives

1. Age-Related Changes in Those With Down Syndrome

This chapter describes the specific changes that occur with aging in those with Down syndrome that can affect function. This includes a focus on the issues of early onset of Alzheimer's disease and how it influences musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and behavioral changes that can impact physical therapy care.

2. Age-Related Changes in Those With ASD

This chapter describes the specific changes that occur with aging in those with autism spectrum disorders that can affect function. This includes a focus on sensory, psychosocial, and behavioral considerations that can impact physical therapy care. In light of limited research available about physical function in those aging with autism spectrum disorders, the chapter will present best practice considerations.

3. Examples and Case Study: Developing a Plan of Care to Maintain Physical Activity and Motor Function

The examples and case study in this chapter demonstrate the incorporation of intervention strategies based on the specific problems and characteristics of individuals with I/DD with a genetic cause. A case study of a 53-year-old adult with Down syndrome living in a group home setting who has had an increased incidence of falls is presented. The use of the case study as evidence is described based on Sackett’s hierarchy.

More Courses in this Series

Aging Adults With Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities: Overview

Presented by Cynthia N. Potter, PT, MS, DPT

Aging Adults With Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities: Overview

Subscribe now, and access clinical education and patient education—anytime, anywhere—with video instruction from recognized industry experts.
Video Runtime: 86 Minutes; Learning Assessment Runtime: 48 Minutes

Individuals aging with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are living longer than previous generations and their numbers are increasing. Physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapists, and occupational therapist assistants in all settings are likely to encounter those with I/DD as patients. There is a need to understand the unique differences in the aging process as compared with aging in the typical population. The ability to recognize the specific functional, medical, cognitive, and psychosocial problems that may occur is key to effectively treat and develop appropriate health promotion strategies is to support a high quality of life for individuals with I/DD. The World Health Organization notes that as more people with IDD age, health care needs increase and further disparities in functional impairment, morbidity, and mortality can occur. This course will cover the common characteristics and clinical issues associated with aging in this population and appropriate physical activity and fall prevention strategies that may be appropriate for this population.

View full course details

Treating Aging Adults With Cerebral Palsy

Presented by Cynthia N. Potter, PT, MS, DPT

Treating Aging Adults With Cerebral Palsy

Subscribe now, and access clinical education and patient education—anytime, anywhere—with video instruction from recognized industry experts.
Video Runtime: 59 Minutes; Learning Assessment Runtime: 40 Minutes

Individuals aging with cerebral palsy have specific problems unique to this diagnosis. Depending on the Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS) level and a wide variety of secondary problems that may be present, the course of aging for these individuals is quite variable. As more individuals with cerebral palsy live longer and more independently in community settings, physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapists, and occupational therapy assistants in all settings are likely to encounter these patients. An understanding of unique diagnosis-related issues that can occur is key to developing effective interventions and health promotion strategies to support a higher quality of life and maximize function for these individuals. This course will cover the common characteristics and clinical issues that can impact function in those with cerebral palsy, including common orthopedic problems, muscle development, and the role of physical activity.

View full course details

Sign up to receive exclusive content from industry leading instructors.

Send us feedback

Email