Waiting To Exhale:Optimizing the Diaphragm to Support Emotional Regulation, Anxiety and Postural Control

18 Mar - 18 Mar 2024 @ Live online

The nature of the pediatric rehabilitation caseload has changed in the last decade. Many clients present with sensory processing and emotional regulation challenges as well as postural control and motor deficits. The research is informing us about the inter-relationship between these phenomena and we recognize that emotional regulation is the foundation for learning any new skill. This one-day course delves into emotional regulation in children and explores the connections between emotional regulation, anxiety and postural control.

Discussions regarding the neurology, chemistry and the anatomy of respiration will serve as the foundation for our exploration of breath mechanics and alignment and their impact on anxiety and emotional regulation. An expanded assessment of respiration is introduced to highlight treatment options to improve function. Case presentations will highlight the integraton of breathing in the management of children with various sensory and motor challenges.

Learning Objectives:                                                                                                                                                     On completion of the course, the participant will be able to:
  1. Discuss the emotional regulation difficulties encountered by children with motor and sensory challenges and their impact on learning.
  2. Explain the rationale of treatment of breath to address emotional regulation and postural control.
  3. Compare typical and disordered breath mechanics and their impact on emotional arousal and postural control.
  4. Identify the role of alignment in emotional regulation, mature postural control and learning.
  5. Discuss the rationale behind different interventions to improve breath mechanics.
  6. Understand the clinical application of these concepts through case studies.
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