Defying Gravity: Understanding and Treating Children with Low Tone

25 May - 26 May 2020 @ Ellen Yack and Associates Paediatric Therapy Services


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 proprioception systems 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. Special topics will include children with mild hemiplegia CP who display underlying functional low muscle tone and altered postural control combined with unilateral spasticity. The course feature a combination lectures, handling labs, videos and group discussion. 

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