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RAISING THE BAR IN PEDIATRIC THERAPY

Course Descriptions

1. THE HYPOTONIC CHILD- (Treatment for Postural Control, Endurance, Strength, and Sensory Organization)
"Hypotonic"


This two or three day intensive workshop on treating the child with hypotonia focuses on specific strategies to improve motor control in this population.  Techniques to improve proximal control, sustained postural movements against gravity, and symmetrical alignment will be demonstrated through use of videotapes, as well as patient demonstrations and practice labs.  Lecture material will cover key deficits in the motor and sensory development of the child who has hypotonia.

Enrollment size is normally limited to 40 since this
is a lecture and lab
experience.

 




4.  FOCUS ON FUNCTION THE WONDER YEARS:  BIRTH TO THREE
"Birth-3"


This 2 day course will be presented using videotapes to discuss the following topics:

-Comparing and contrasting normal and abnormal
development.
-Treatment of a 7 month old who has Down Syndrome
-Strategies treating infants narrated and observed
-Treatment strategies for the birth to thhree
population
-Home carryover suggestions for maximum family
involvement
-Treatment of a child who presents with torticollis
-Strategies to promote the components of control
higher against gravity
From the beginner to advanced, this course is designed to challenge therapists at all levels to analyze their treatment approach and share their successes and knowledge in the group.

Due to lecture style format attendance is unlimited.

 

5. USING UNSTABLE SURFACES TO PROMOTE FUNCTIONAL OUTCOMES IN THE TREATMENT OF THE PEDIATRIC PATIENT
"Unstable Surfaces "


This 2 day lecture-style course is presented using keynote with imbedded videos to discuss the following topics:

1. Understanding the importance of treating the sensory system when the focus is motor control.
2. Understanding how apprehension of movement can delay motor skill acquisition.
3. An understnding of how to vary handling specifically to address gravitational insecurity vs.
willful avoidance.
4. Evaluation of various postures and movements of patients observed in video clips.
5. Evaluation of effectiveness of techniques to obtain functional goals in video clips.

  From the beginner to advanced, this course is designed to challenge therapists at all levels to analyze their treatment approach and share their successes and knowledge in a group.

This course can be structured into a 1 or 2 day presentation. It can also be designed to include lab activities with the understanding that dynamic surfaces will not be available to all participants unless the sponsor can arrange an appropriate environment and equipment.

Enrollment size is unlimited when the course is all lecture style.


If lab activities are added, the course size is limited to 40 participants or what the available space


using dynamic equipment can support.

 

6. FEAR / SPASTICITY - WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE? WHY DOES IT MATTER THROUGH THE YEARS?
"Fear/Spasticity"


This 2 day lecture-style course is presented using keynote with imbedded videos to discuss the following topics:

1. To present an overview of abnormal motor responses and the interventions used to decrease spasticity.
2. To discuss the challenges of determining good candidates for tone reducing interventions.

3. To present a rationale for understanding fear responses and the effects these have on tone.
4. To determine appropriate strategies for decreasing tone and increasing alignment, range of motion and freedom of movement when tone reducing techniques are determined not to be appropriate interventions.
5. To discuss emphasis on function through the years that promotes maximum function and minimal pathology.

  From the beginner to advanced, this course is designed to challenge therapists at all levels to analyze their treatment approach and share their successes and knowledge in a group.

This course can be structured into a 1 or 2 day presentation.

Enrollment size is unlimited since this course is all lecture style.

 


3. BALL TECHNIQUES IN THE TREATMENT OF THE PEDIATRIC PATIENT
"Ball"


This two day lab experience focuses on the use of gymnastic balls in therapy to promote development and function in patients.  Posture and balance reactions are evaluated as well as motor planning transitions and movement on the ball.  This is a participatory workshop so comfortable clothing is suggested.  Each participant is encouraged to bring an appropriately sized therapy ball that allows them to sit comfortable with their hips and knees at 90 degrees.  A variety of techniques to elicit muscle elongation, joint mobility, muscle strengthening, synergistic muscle activation and overall movement control will be practiced using the balls.

Enrollment is generally limited to 40 since this is a
lab and lecture experience.

 

2. STRATEGIES FOR TREATING THE CHILD WITH NEUROLOGICAL IMPAIRMENTS
"Strategies"


This 2 day lecture-style course is designed to help the participants become more effective therapists.  Presenter and participants will discuss treatment strategies and goal setting for patients with varying types of neurological deficits.  Videotaped treatment sessions will cover topics from spasticity to hypotonia, athetosis and ataxia.  Group discussions will allow critical analysis of treatment techniques as well as brain-storming sessions to set appropriate goals for each patient shown.  The information shared in this course is intended to be added to the participant's existing knowledge base to continue the learning of clinical strategies and the overall understanding of patients who present with movement deficits.  Therefore, therapists from beginners to advanced are encouraged to attend this interactive seminar.

Enrollment size is unlimited due to lecture style
format.

 

 

BARBARA HYPES P.T.

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