How to Manage: Recognising neuromuscular disorders (Belfast)

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About the course

This course focuses on the early recognition of neuromuscular conditions, bringing together a multi-professional team to deliver a case-based programme for health visitors, nurses, physiotherapists, general practitioners and allied health professionals.

Muscle wasting conditions affect around one in every 1,000 people in the UK. This one-day course will teach you a clear approach to effectively recognise a wide range of neuromuscular conditions such as Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) and carry out assessments for 0-5-year-olds.

Using a mix of workshops, case studies and interactive tools we will highlight which red flags you need to look out for, and how to correctly assess and recognise floppy babies, abnormal gait and muscular weakness.

Course aim
This study day will help you develop an approach for the early recognition of a wide range of neuromuscular disorders.

Learning outcomes
By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • use a clear, structured approach to assessing motor development in children aged 0-5 years
  • recognise abnormal motor development (i.e. floppy baby, “clumsy” child, abnormal gait)
  • report your findings in a structured way
  • recognise the range of neuromuscular disorders in children
  • explain why early detection is so important and discuss recent advances in treatment and care.

Target audience
Health Visitors, Nurses, Allied Health Professionals, Physiotherapists and General Practitioners. 

Please note this course is not for paediatricians. It is specifically designed for health visitors, nurses, physiotherapists, allied health professionals and general practitioners.

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