Pediatric Vestibular Rehabilitation: Assessment and Treatment
Gaye W. Cronin, OTD, OTR/L
December 7 & 8, 2014 - New York City
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This course is designed for physical and occupational therapists working in pediatric settings with infants through teenagers. The course covers vestibular rehabilitation principles for treating children with dizziness, coordination, balance, motor, postural, reflex integration, vestibular, visual motor, sensory organization and motion disorders. The course will include pediatric assessments for vestibular, sensory organization, visual motor, reflex integration, and motor development. Treatment techniques, video case studies, home program development, and lab practice time will be included.
Attention School-Based Therapists:
This course is beneficial for school-based therapists because a vestibular disorder can affect many aspects of learning, mobility, and attention. The student with vestibular dysfunction has difficulty focusing, working math problems, writing and reading, watching computer monitors, copying from the board to paper, and with eye-head and eye-hand coordination due to oculomotor problems, nystagmus, and oscillopsia. Also, balance affects their ability to manipulate hallways, tolerate change of class, participate in physical education, and to negotiate school grounds. The treatment of these functional problems using vestibular rehabilitation techniques has been sited with evidenced outcomes to have a direct effect on, and improve motor development and function.
Gaye W. Cronin, OTD, OTR/L is an occupational therapist specializing in vestibular rehabilitation. She received her Bachelor of Science and Masters degrees from the Medical College of Georgia, and her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. She has 27 years of clinical experience in various physical rehabilitation, educational, and administrative positions, including Emory University Hospital and the Medical College of Georgia. Since 1988 she has been in private practice in Atlanta, Georgia specializing in geriatric, pediatric, neuromuscular facial retraining, tinnitus reduction, fall reduction, and vestibular rehabilitation programs.
Dr. Cronin has experienced a high rate of success in the reduction and elimination of vertigo and balance dysfunctions using the sound medical principles of vestibular rehabilitation. She has successfully applied this treatment approach with a variety of disabilities, including vestibular disorders of BPPV, Meniere’s disease, ototoxicity, childhood paroxysmal vertigo, trauma, neurological disorders, and other disorders of adults and children that affect balance, coordination, and tolerance of movements. Cronin has published extensively in medical and therapy journals and has conducted numerous workshops for occupational therapists, physical therapists, audiologists and physicians.
Following this course, participants will be able to:
- Apply developmental principles as they relate to balance, posture, movement and motor skills.
- Describe the peripheral vestibular system of semicircular canal alignment/function, otolithic function, and receptors, central system and spinal pathways to stimulate vestibular rehabilitation mechanisms of adaption, compensation and habituation.
- Identify and recognize manifestations of vestibular dysfunction and pathologies in children.
- Develop problem solving skills and appropriate treatment planning for children with peripheral and central vestibular disorders.
- Recognize and develop movement exercise programs for vestibular ocular and vestibulospinal reflex dysfunction.
- Develop specific treatment techniques and sequence continuums for children with vestibular disorders based upon the physiology of the system.
- Identify effects of vestibular dysfunction on learning, school performance, sensory organization, coordination and motion/movement tolerances.
|Sunday & Monday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
||Pre-Test/Review of the vestibular system, primitive reflexes, automatic reflexes, and development
||Recognition of Vestibular Disorders and Growing Evidence of the Need for Interventions with Children
||Development of Posture, Equilibrium, Protective Reflexes, Oculomotor Control, VOR, VSR
||Vestibular pathology in infants and children, CPR (childhood paroxysmal vertigo), Meniere’s disease, ototoxicity, spasmodic torticollis, trauma, BPPV, neurological, congenital, and genetic disorders
||Evaluations for children with vestibular pathology and imbalance
||Lunch (on your own)
||Practice of evaluation techniques, oculomotor, balance, reflex integration and vertigo
||Vertigo and Positional Assessments
||Practice Lab and Video Demonstrations
||Treatment planning and development of home programs
||Vestibular Interventions: Compensation, Adaptation, and Habituation
||Treatment: Vestibular Stimulation, Eye-Head Coordination and Gaze Stabilization, Eye-Head/Eye-Foot Coordination, and Treatment for Hyperactive vs. Hypoactive Dysfunctions
||Demonstration of Repositioning and Redistribution Exercises and Techniques for Posterior and Anterior Semicircular Canal Dysfunction and BPPV
||Practice of Treatment Techniques
||Lunch (on your own)
||Demonstration and practice of redistribution and repositioning techniques for BPPV, CPV, and spasmodic torticollis
||Reflex Integration and Vestibular Rehab (VSR, VOR, Balance Retraining, Sensory Organization, Protective and Equilibrium)
||Treatment for CPV, Migraine Associated Vertigo, Neuronitus, Meniere’s, Otolith and Saccule Dysfunction (Gravitational Security)
||Program Development, Outcomes, Video Case Reports
Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists and Assistants.
14 contact hours. Certificates will be awarded.
Recognized by the NY State Education Department's State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapy assistant continuing education. Approved for 1.4 CEUs.
Application has been made to the NJ Board of PT Examiners for CE credit approval
||TSI is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures. Approved by AOTA for 1.4 CEUs.
401 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY
$445.00; Early Registration $420.00 (must be postmarked or emailed 21 days prior to seminar)
Group Discount: A 10% discount will be given to each registrant when 3 or more registrations are received in the same online registation form or envelope.
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Therapeutic Services, Inc.
2409 Avenue K
Brooklyn, NY 11210
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