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Special Topic Course: Treatment of Brachial Plexus Birth Injuries

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Speakers: Allison Allgier, OTD, OTR/L Ann R. Schwentker, MD
Allison AllgierAnn Schwentker
Topic: Treatment of Brachial Plexus Birth Injuries

Course Description: This course will review the epidemiology and clinical characteristics of brachial plexus birth injuries. Acute therapeutic evaluation and intervention will be discussed as well as explanations regarding surgical management and associated post-operative care.

Speaker Bio: Allison Allgier, OTD, OTR/L graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in 1992 and recently completed her clinical doctorate at Quinnipiac University in 2018. She has been employed at Cincinnati Children’s since 1999 and has been the Clinical Program Manager of the Cincinnati Children’s Brachial Plexus Center since its inception 18 years ago. Prior to coming to Cincinnati Children’s, Allison provided pediatric occupational therapy services through Early Intervention as well as through private outpatient services. Allison enjoys her current roll supporting patients with brachial plexus birth injury and their parents through active involvement in clinical care as well as research.

Ann R. Schwentker, MD graduated summa cum laude from Yale in 1990, and completed a Fullbright fellowship the following year in Vienna, Austria. She attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, receiving an American Heart Association fellowship for research in wound healing. During her residency in plastic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh, she completed an additional two years of basic science wound healing research.
During her fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Dr. Schwentker’s clinical research received the outstanding nerve paper award at the American Society for Peripheral Nerve. She then began a pediatric plastic surgery practice with a teaching appointment at Emory University in Atlanta. She founded the Center for Brachial Plexus and Facial Nerve Reconstruction at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and developed expertise in ear reconstruction and cleft lip and palate repair. Dr. Schwentker joined Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in 2011.

0-2 min: Introduction to treatment of Brachial Plexus birth injuries (BPBI) and objectives
2-11 min: Anatomy and classification of BPBI
11-13 min: Determinants of surgery
13-18 min: Associated injuries
18-21 min: Pre-surgery assessments
21-28 min: Tests and measures
28-30 min: Treatment goals and considerations
31-35 min: Acute therapeutic treatment options
35-44 min: Surgical treatment options and management
44-48 min: Therapeutic post-op treatment options
48-61 min: Conclusion & recorded Q&A session
61-64 min: Learning assessment

Allison Allgier, OTD, OTR/L
Financial Disclosures: No relevant disclosures.
Nonfinancial disclosures: No relevant disclosures.

Ann R, Schwentker, MD
Financial Disclosures: No relevant disclosures.
Nonfinancial disclosures: No relevant disclosures.

Conflict of Interest: There is no conflict of interest for anyone with the ability to control content for this activity.

Target Audience: OT, SLP, PT, RN, MD and Neonatal professionals

Level: Intermediate


  1. Discuss the etiology and clinical characteristics of brachial plexus birth injuries.
  2. Explain acute therapeutic management of children with brachial plexus birth injuries.
  3. Describe surgical management of children with brachial plexus birth injuries.

Instructional Method: Recorded webinar, lecture, videos, pictures, and PowerPoint slides. Learning assessment and course evaluation follow course.

Course Completion Requirements: The learner must view the entire webinar, complete the course evaluation and complete the post webinar learning assessment with at least 80% to receive education credit. Login and logout times will be recorded and documented.
Following completion of this course physical therapists, nurses and other disciplines will receive a certificate of completion and a zip file containing information necessary to submit to their individual state for education credit. Zip file will include course bibliography. Physical therapists are responsible for knowing and adhering to their state’s deadlines, rules and regulations.

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Continuing Education Information*

AOTA CEUs: National Association of Neonatal Therapists® is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval ID # 00174. This Distance Learning-Independent Course is offered at 0.10 CEUs (Intermediate level, Occupational Therapy Service Delivery). AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.

ASHA CEUs: Learners must complete the entire course in order to receive ASHA CEUs. No partial credit awarded. ASHA CE Provider approval and use of the Brand Block does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products or clinical procedures.
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PT CE Credit: This activity has been approved by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 1.00 CCUs for PTs and PTAs.

NANT is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapist assistant continuing education.

*NANT 10 attendees who previously viewed this educational content may retake this course and receive CE Credit.

Questions regarding CE credit should be directed to the National Association of Neonatal Therapists® at or (866) 999-5524.

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