Full Course Description
2-Day Pediatric Course: Comprehensive Rehabilitation & Treatment Interventions
- Determine three signs/symptoms of gastro-intestinal pathology as it manifests itself in children
- Determine three potential inter-relationships between the respiratory and gastro-intestinal systems
- Implement three interventions to increase hunger and decrease GI discomfort in children with limited food repertoires
- Implement interventions to decrease work of breathing and improve breathing/swallow coordination in children with feeding difficulties
- Evaluate the diagnoses and the various neurological structures related to the 9 senses
- Assess neuronal oscillations and their connection to function
- Apply current research on the neuronal plexuses to function and dysfunction of individuals with complex trauma disorder, autism & ADHD
- Inspect the signs and symptoms of Complex Trauma
- Assess for and recognize Complex Trauma
- Provide inclusive treatment interventions and approaches for patients with Complex Trauma
- Determine the neurological connection to the various sensory strategies for treating children and adolescence diagnosed with complex trauma, autism, ADHD and Sensory Processing Disorders.
- Implement current treatment techniques such as mindfulness, activation of the Vagus nerve, music and movement, and respiratory-based techniques to improve client level of functioning.
- Apply neurologically tailored sensory interventions in the treatment of challenging behaviors in children, such as hyper-activity, hypo-activity, aggressiveness, self-stimulatory and inattentiveness.
- Assess the pros and cons of dietary modifications for clients with dysphagia
- Apply compensatory swallowing strategies specific to physiological impairments
- Design exercise programs that will target specific physiological impairments for clients with dysphagia
- Evaluate primitive reflexes that have not fully integrated in children diagnosed as developmentally delayed.
- Articulate the principals of neuroplasticity and identify treatment tools using neuroplasticity principals for rehabilitation in the pediatric population.
- Demonstrate the brain regions responsible for development of auditory and motor sensory processing and describe the research that supports specific treatment of the auditory-motor pathways in Pediatric Rehabilitation.
- Develop creative and evidence-based approaches to implement timing and movement activities that will focus directly on primitive reflex integration, brain development, and sensory motor skills.
Neurological Connections for Motor, Sensory & Behavior Deficits: How Kids Brains Work
- Sensory-Motor-Auditory Pathways Emotional brain’s connection to functioning & behavior
- Primitive reflexes
- Developmental milestones
Dissect the Brain-Gut Connection: What Kids Guts are Telling You
- Current research related to:
- Complex Trauma, Autism, ADHD, Sensory Processing Deficits
- Neurological structures related to the 9 senses
- Neuronal oscillations and their connection to function
- Central nervous system plexuses and the role of the Vagus nerve
Dysphagia and Not Just Picky Eating: Kids that Can’t and Won’t Eat
- GI pathologies and respiratory diseases Inter-relationships between respiratory and gastro-intestinal systems
- Digestive and respiratory function
- Physiological targets for swallow treatment
- Pros and cons of dietary modifications
Mindfulness, Music, Movement and Respiratory-Based Techniques for:
- Hyper-activity, hypo-activity, aggressiveness, self-stimulatory and inattentiveness
- Vestibular, interoception, auditory, olfactory and vision work
- Primitive Reflexes
Dietary/Lifestyle Interventions and Compensatory Strategies for:
- GERD, constipation, allergies, and respiratory insufficiencies
- Increase volume and variety of food intake
- Breathing/swallow discoordination, delays in swallow response, and pharyngeal dysmotility
- Increase hunger and decrease GI discomfort
Pediatric Neuroplasticity Interventions for Sensory and Primitive Reflex Integration
- Assess the primitive reflexes’ influence on movement patterns.
- Assess the multilayer approach using neuroanatomy and brain function.
- Evaluate strategies to incorporate techniques into home programs for parents and caregivers.
- Appraise the importance of positive treatment sessions and verbal cues.
- Analyze the relationship between brain dysfunction and tone abnormalities.
- Inspect different approaches to changing low and high tone qualities.
NEUROANATOMY & BRAIN DEVELOPMENT
BEYOND THE LEVEL OF BRAIN DAMAGE
- Brain stem and functions
- Occipital lobe
- Temporal lobe
- Frontal lobe
- Parietal lobe
DEVELOPMENTAL DELAYS – HOW TO APPROACH TREATMENT
- Neurodevelopmental screens
- Examples of damage
- What is working and what is not
- Where to rewire
- Therapy in infants – faster change
- Going deep into the brain
NEW PERSPECTIVE ON THE NERVOUS SYSTEM FOR POSITIVE CHANGE
- Developmental milestone review
- Sensory motor development
- Vision and hearing
- Speech Sensation
- Primitive reflex patterns and influence
- Going back a step-in therapy treatments
RESULTS OF NEUROPLASTICITY TECHNIQUES
- Lobes next door
- Videos of before and after sensory
- stimulation combinations
- How vision can be stimulated
- Education for parents and caregivers
- Shaping neuropathways
INTEGRATING NEUROPLASTICITY INTO THERAPY
- Changing brain connectivity
- Primitive reflex integration and increased active movements
- The “team” – patient, therapist, and parent/caregiver
- Sensory stimulation to promote appropriate motor response
- Smooth movements
- Strength is not the same as tone
- Simple activities to present to parents
- Sensation is 3-dimensional
- Vision exercises
- Sensory stimulation for high tone vs. low tone