Defying Gravity: Understanding and treating the child with low tone

15 Oct - 16 Oct 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 and proprioceptive systems and the contributions of the cerebellum. 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 benign congenital 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. The course feature a combination lectures, handling labs, videos and group discussion.

Learning Objectives
On completion of this course the participant will be able to:
  1. Describe a contemporary model of postural control with 12 contributing components.
  2. Outline the contributions of 3 different systems in the clinical manifestation of low muscle tone.
  3. Highlight the contributions of the vestibular and proprioceptive systems to muscle tone.
  4. Discuss the contribution of the cerebellum to muscle tone andmovement.
  5. Assess diastasis recti and explain why it is of concern when discussing postural control.
  6. Assess the impact of alignment on the development of functional vision.
  7. Compare and contrast a variety of treatment techniques that can support improved muscle tone, postural control and movement in children with low tone.
  8. Demonstrate a basic level of skill in a variety of treatment techniques that can support improved muscle tone, postural control and movement in children with low tone.

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