Defying Gravity: Understanding And Treating Children with Low Tone

28 May - 29 May 2022 @ PABC


Differing degrees of hypotonia is a common denominator for many children presently referred for Physical and Occupational Therapy. In this 2-day course we will explore the neurobiology of postural tone with emphasis on research regarding the vestibular system and the contributions of gravity. The search for central 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 contemporary, dynamic systems-based model of postural control, we will examine how difficulties impact postural stability and independent functional movement. The integration of Neuro-Developmental Treatment, sensory processing and Dynamic Core for Kids approaches will be presented within a clinical problem-solving model for assessment and treatment. This course features a combination lectures, handling labs, videos and group discussion. 
Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this workshop the participant should be able to:

  1. Identify the vestibular systems contributions to muscle tone and postural control.
  2. Discuss activities that can support vestibular system input to support muscle tone and postural control.
  3. Identify the anticipatory core musculature, postural stability and the contribution of IAP in typical development.
  4. Identify and analyze the biomechanical movement compensations that a child with hypotonia may develop.
  5. Identify diastasis recti and understand the possible implications of this condition for postural control.
  6. Assess the alignment of pelvis and rib cage in children with hypotonia during static and dynamic movement using Dynamic Core principles.
  7. Describe the interconnections between emotional arousal and postural control that occur in children with hypotonia.
  8. Apply basic soft tissue release techniques.
  9. Demonstrate the NDT concepts of facilitation, key points of control, speed of movement and depth of touch as they can be applied in children with low tone.
  10. Describe activities that promote hip extension connected to shoulder girdle activation using Dynamic Core principles.

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