ESP Biography

TOBIE TEPFER, Physical Therapist, DPT

Major: Physical Therapy

College/Employer: Gradutae of SUNY Downstate

Year of Graduation: 2010

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I am a licensed physical therapist who works with children from birth to fifteen years. Like most physical therapists, I identify half my clinical role as patient (or parent!) education: teaching people how to prevent injuries, treat their current problem, and care for themselves in the future.

Past Classes

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X5087: Lowest-Tech Gait Lab in Splash! 2011 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2011)
Find out about the parameters of a gait cycle like cadence, stride length, and base of support. Then measure and calculate your own using the oldest and simplest method of getting a workable sample: dipping your feet into paint and leaving footprints on a strip of paper.

H3949: Infant and Early Childhood Neurodevelopment in Splash! 2010 (Nov. 20 - 21, 2010)
Learn about the milestones that developing babies and toddlers are typically expected to achieve in the realms of receptive and expressive language, fine and gross motor stages, feeding, social-emotional behavior, problem solving and sensory integration. Why is it important that babies stick their feet in their mouths? Can you tell if newborns are going to be typically developing? Why do toddlers make up words that we can understand, anyway? Learn these answers and more. Better yet, bring your own questions!

S2715: Balance and the Vestibular System in Splash! 2009 (Nov. 21 - 22, 2009)
A brief overview of how we humans stay upright and balanced from a physical therapy point of view. Learn about the three main systems we use to perceive our position in space, a few principles behind our ability to stay upright, and the reflexive strategies we utilize to keep ourselves that way when faced with a challenge.

S1720: Kinesiology and Human Movement in Splash! 2008 (Nov. 22 - 23, 2008)
A brief taste of human locomotion; from the way individual joints work to the gait cycle.