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Genetic Muscle Disease eCourse

Presenters: Jamie Eskuri, MD, Pediatric Neurologist; Kali Juliette, Genetic Counselor; Leah Meyer, OT; Meghan Burnstiine, PT II

Deadline to Register for eCourse: Thursday, June 10, 2021

eCourse Access Begins: June 10, 2021 (course is self-paced)

eCourse Closes: Saturday, July 10, 2021

eCourse Cost: $100 AACPDM Members / $150 Non-Members

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand neuromuscular specialists’ scope of practice, including the types of conditions they diagnose/treat.
  • Identify three red flags from a child’s history and exam that can help identify children who are at highest risk for having an underlying genetic muscle disease.
  • Identify the two most important next steps after you’ve identified a child who may have a genetic muscle disease
  • Identify the importance of genetic counseling and genetic testing in diagnosing genetic muscle diseases, determining eligibility for disease treatment, and anticipating patient prognosis.  
  • Evaluate key family history findings that may be red flags for undiagnosed genetic muscle diseases. 
  • Understand the various genetic testing techniques for genetic muscle diseases including single gene testing, genetic testing panels, and whole exome sequencing, and when each test may be applied .
  • Learn the unique role of physical and occupational therapy evaluations for patients with genetic muscle diseases and identify red flags for undiagnosed patients. 
  • Understand physical and occupational therapy treatment strategies for patients with genetic muscle disease including equipment, adaptations, and energy conservation. 
  • Identify the importance of collaborative care between therapies, home, school, and day care emphasizing a team approach.  


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The Genetic Muscle Diseases eCourse is a 3-part lecture series that will explore multiple aspects of inherited myopathies in children. Part I will be led by a pediatric neuromuscular specialist and will focus on the clinical symptoms and phenotypes seen in various genetic muscle diseases as well as an introduction to the diagnostic process of these conditions; Part II will be directed by a neuromuscular genetic counselor and will focus on the process of genetic testing and confirmation of genetic muscle diseases; Part III will be co-led by a physical therapist and occupational therapist and will explore the roles of therapists in the ongoing management of patients with various myopathies as well as highlighting important “red flags” seen in undiagnosed patients that should prompt referral for neuromuscular evaluation. This course is open to all but targeted to pediatrics primary care providers, physical therapists, and occupational therapists.


The Genetic Muscle Diseases eCourse is a 3-part lecture series that will explore multiple aspects of inherited myopathies in children. Part I will be led by a pediatric neuromuscular specialist and will focus on the clinical symptoms and phenotypes seen in various genetic muscle diseases as well as an introduction to the diagnostic process of these conditions; Part II will be directed by a neuromuscular genetic counselor and will focus on the process of genetic testing and confirmation of genetic muscle diseases; Part III will be co-led by a physical therapist and occupational therapist and will explore the roles of therapists in the ongoing management of patients with various myopathies as well as highlighting important “red flags” seen in undiagnosed patients that should prompt referral for neuromuscular evaluation. This course is open to all but targeted to pediatrics primary care providers, physical therapists, and occupational therapists.