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2-Day Pediatric Course: Comprehensive Rehabilitation & Treatment Interventions

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  1. Determine three signs/symptoms of gastro-intestinal pathology as it manifests itself in children
  2. Determine three potential inter-relationships between the respiratory and gastro-intestinal systems
  3. Implement three interventions to increase hunger and decrease GI discomfort in children with limited food repertoires
  4. Implement interventions to decrease work of breathing and improve breathing/swallow coordination in children with feeding difficulties
  5. Evaluate the diagnoses and the various neurological structures related to the 9 senses
  6. Assess neuronal oscillations and their connection to function
  7. Apply current research on the neuronal plexuses to function and dysfunction of individuals with complex trauma disorder, autism & ADHD 
  8. Inspect the signs and symptoms of Complex Trauma
  9. Assess for and recognize Complex Trauma
  10. Provide inclusive treatment interventions and approaches for patients with Complex Trauma
  11. Determine the neurological connection to the various sensory strategies for treating children and adolescence diagnosed with complex trauma, autism, ADHD and Sensory Processing Disorders.
  12. 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.
  13. Apply neurologically tailored sensory interventions in the treatment of challenging behaviors in children, such as hyper-activity, hypo-activity, aggressiveness, self-stimulatory and inattentiveness.
  14. Assess the pros and cons of dietary modifications for clients with dysphagia
  15. Apply compensatory swallowing strategies specific to physiological impairments
  16. Design exercise programs that will target specific physiological impairments for clients with dysphagia
  17. Evaluate primitive reflexes that have not fully integrated in children diagnosed as developmentally delayed.
  18. Articulate the principals of neuroplasticity and identify treatment tools using neuroplasticity principals for rehabilitation in the pediatric population.
  19. 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.
  20. 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

‚ÄčDysphagia 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

Target Audience

  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants 

Copyright : 07/25/2019

Pediatric Neuroplasticity Interventions for Sensory and Primitive Reflex Integration

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  1. Assess the primitive reflexes’ influence on movement patterns.
  2. Assess the multilayer approach using neuroanatomy and brain function.
  3. Evaluate strategies to incorporate techniques into home programs for parents and caregivers.
  4. Appraise the importance of positive treatment sessions and verbal cues.
  5. Analyze the relationship between brain dysfunction and tone abnormalities.
  6. Inspect different approaches to changing low and high tone qualities.



  • Brain stem and functions
  • Occipital lobe
  • Temporal lobe
  • Frontal lobe
  • Parietal lobe
  • 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
  • Developmental milestone review
  • Sensory motor development
  • Vision
  • Vision and hearing
  • Speech Sensation
  • Primitive reflex patterns and influence
  • Going back a step-in therapy treatments
  • Lobes next door
  • Videos of before and after sensory
  • stimulation combinations
  • How vision can be stimulated
  • Education for parents and caregivers
  • Shaping neuropathways
  • 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

Target Audience

  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Counselors
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Speech-Language Pathology Assistants
  • Early Childhood Special Education Teachers
  • Early Childhood Staff

Copyright : 11/02/2018