Advancing Pediatric Function Through Neuroplasticity
We are now using the word neuroplasticity to describe the way we can modify brain connections to change how the body works.This lecture offers a journey through the nervous system and neuroanatomy, exploring how the brain can change tone, movement and key sensory functions. Throughout the sessions, we'll examine how the brain connects and adds new connections in relation to exercises that make progressive therapy fun, fast, and rewarding
Karen Pryor, PhD, PT, DPT, ND, CH, CFPS, has a doctorate in physical therapy and has practiced for 40 years in the field. Dr. Pryor is the owner of Health Sphere Wellness Center, an integrative therapy clinic in Nashville, Tennessee. Involved with early intervention in the birth-three population for over 30 years, she has developed neuroplasticity techniques that are used in a wide variety of settings, including homes, childcare center, and school systems, to advance pediatric therapy programs. Dr. Pryor serves on several boards, including the Leadership Interagency Council for Early Intervention, (2014-2019), a position to which she was appointed by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam. In 2010, she received the President's Volunteer Service Award for her contributions to the advanced treatment of children from President Barack Obama. In addition to her work with children, Dr. Pryor has served as an adjunct professor at the Tennessee State University Occupational Therapy Assistant program. She is a clinical instructor for several universities and colleges. With her years of experience and passion for complete wellness, Dr. Pryor advances a more expansive view of how to integrate therapy throughout the lifespan by using neuroplasticity techniques.
Financial: Dr. Karen Pryor has employment relationships with the Tennessee State University, the Volunteer State Community College, the Daymar Physical Therapy Assistant School, and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She is the owner of Health Sphere Wellness Center, LLC and is a field examiner for PDMS-3. Dr. Pryor receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Karen Pryor is on the advisory board for the Maoris Foundation and is the president of the Caring Health Foundation.