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Live Webinar

2-Day Advanced Course: Primitive Reflex integration


Faculty:
Karen Pryor, PhD, PT, DPT
Duration:
2 Full Days
Product Code:
LWC064595
Brochure Code:
PWZ84743
Media Type:
Live Webinar - Also available: Digital Seminar | DVD

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Description

As therapists, when we treat the causes and symptoms of motor delays, we can utilize alternate brain pathways to improve the effects of therapy.

Through neuroplasticity, we have the power to make this happen! It acts as an adaptive mechanism to compensate for lost connection allowing us to maximize remaining function!

From congenital abnormalities (Downs Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Angelman Syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome and more….) to traumatic brain injuries, this course delivers new and exciting ideas on how to detour around damage and incorporate viable nervous system connections.

Dr. Karen Pryor, PT, DPT, will teach you:

  • How therapy can change the brain and how neuroplasticity will improve motor skills in a child’s development
  • Creative and evidenced-based approaches to incorporate into a multisensory learning experience
  • The importance of diverse and novel activities during treatment sessions
  • The link between primitive reflexes and development
  • How to evaluate the influence of primitive reflexes and effects on the
  • CNS developmental stages relating to motor function

Video case studies will demonstrate changes before and after integrative neuroplasticity treatments. The therapy techniques you learn in this course can easily be integrated into the clinic or home the next day, leading to increased developmental success. Sign up today!

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Health Sphere Wellness Center


Karen Pryor, Ph.D., PT, DPT, has a doctorate in physical therapy and has practiced for over 40 years in the field. Dr. Pryor is the owner of Health Sphere Wellness Center, an integrative therapy clinic in 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 centers, and school systems, to advance pediatric therapy programs. She is the author of Ten Fingers Ten Toes Twenty Things Everyone Needs to Know.

Dr. Pryor serves on several boards, including the Leadership Interagency Council for Early Intervention, (2014-2024), a position to which she was appointed by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Governor Bill Lee. 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 School, and in the Volunteer State Community College Physical 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 COMPASS neuroplasticity techniques.

 

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Karen Pryor is owner of Health Sphere Wellness Center. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Karen Pryor serves on the Leadership Interagency Council for Early Intervention board.


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Access Period for Live Webcast

For live CE credit, you must watch the live webcast in its entirety at its scheduled time and complete the CE quiz and evaluation within one week. You will have access for 90 days after the program for review.


Webcast Schedule

Please note: There will be a lunch and two 15-minute breaks; one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Lunch and break times will be announced by the speaker and at their discretion. A more detailed schedule is available upon request.


Objectives

  1. Describe the primitive reflexes’ influence on movement patterns.
  2. Identify the multilayer approach using neuroanatomy and brain function.
  3. Evaluate strategies to incorporate techniques into home programs for parents and caregivers.
  4. Recognize the importance of positive treatment sessions and verbal cues.
  5. Analyze the relationship between brain dysfunction and tone abnormalities.
  6. Restate different approaches to changing low and high tone qualities.
  7. Identify primitive reflexes and how they contribute to development.
  8. Articulate testing and influences of the retention or primitive reflexes.
  9. Demonstrate the integration exercise, including modifications, for each reflex.
  10. Identify the behavioral and physical systems associated with each reflex.
  11. Examine why the reflexes may still be present.
  12. Discuss what reflex integration can accomplish.

Outline

NEUROANATOMY & BRAIN DEVELOPMENT
  • Brain stem and functions
  • Occipital lobe
  • Temporal lobe
  • Frontal lobe
  • Parietal lobe
BRAIN DAMAGE & MISSING PARTS
  • Neurodevelopmental screens
  • Examples of damage
  • What is working and what is not
  • Where to rewire
  • Therapy as infants – faster change
  • Going deep into the brain, beyond the level of damage
BIGGEST CHALLENGES IN DEVELOPMENTAL DELAYS
  • High tone
  • Low tone
  • Nystagmus
  • Tremors
HOW TO APPROACH TREATMENTS
  • Developmental milestone review
  • Sensory motor development
  • Vision
  • Vision and hearing
  • Speech
  • Sensation
  • Primitive reflex patterns and influence
  • Opening the hands for exploration
  • Developmental delay and when to go back a step in therapy treatments
A NEW PERSPECTIVE ON THE NERVOUS SYSTEM & GUIDING IT FOR POSITIVE CHANGE
  • Lobes next door
  • Videos of before and after sensory stimulation combinations
  • Why vision is vitally important and how it can be stimulated
  • How these concepts can be explained to parents and caregivers
  • The brain is clay and how to make a model
THE PRIMARY & SECONDARY RESULTS OF NEUROPLASTICITY TECHNIQUES
  • Changing the way the brain connects
  • 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
HOW TO INTEGRATE NEUROPLASTICITY INTO YOUR THERAPY PROGRAM
  • Sensation is 3-dimensional
  • Climb through the cloth tube
  • Vision exercises
  • Sensory stimulation for high tone vs. low tone
BRAIN DEVELOPMENT AND IMPAIRMENTS RELATED TO:
  • Brain stem
  • Mid brain
  • Cerebellum
  • Cortex –
  • Occipital lobe
  • Temporal lobe
  • Parietal lobe
  • Frontal lobe
EVALUATION AND ASSESSMENT
  • Demonstration of primitive reflexes
  • How retained reflexes act on developmental milestones
  • Reasons for primitive reflex retention or re-emergence
  • How primitive reflexes interfere with higher level skills – Reading, writing, sensory processing
DETAIL
  • Palmar grasp
  • Plantar grasp
  • Symmetrical Tonic Neck
  • Asymmetrical Tonic Neck
  • Tonic Labyrinthine Reflex
  • Moro Reflex
  • Extension synergy
  • Flexion synergy

Target Audience

  • Physical Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Educators
  • Early Interventionists

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