Defying Gravity: Understanding and Treating Children with Low Tone

30 Mar - 31 Mar 2020 @ Community Options

Edmonton

Differing degrees of hypotonia is a common denominator for many children presently referred for Physical and Occupational Therapy. In this 2-day course the neurobiology of postural tone will be explored with emphasis on research regarding the vestibular system and the contributions of gravity. The search for stability and motor development for children with low tone will serve as a basis for understanding the challenges that life presents to such a child. Discussions will differentiate between the assessment and treatment of children with a diagnosis of hypotonia and those children who have low, functional muscle tone.Using a systems frame of reference, we will examine how difficulties impact postural stability and independent functional movement.  Techniques in Neuro-Developmental Treatment, sensory processing and Dynamic Core for Kids will be presented within a clinical problem-solving model for assessment and treatment. We will also focus on strategies and activities for carryover at home and in the classroom. The course will feature a combination of lectures, videos, handling labs and group problem solving.

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