Children with neurological challenges experience many barriers when learning to move their bodies. This course was designed to introduce therapists to current levels of understanding that encompass the science and art of pediatric therapy. Varying adjunctive approaches will be introduced in an integrated manner, blending state of the art skills together. Therapists will develop both intuitive and cognitive clinical reasoning to aide in the treatment problem solving process.
Upon completion of this course the participant will be able to:
- Understand the current science linking the mind body connection.
- Describe how emotion is translated into physiology and movement patterns.
- Understand the physiology of muscle and connective tissue and their relationship to motor control challenges in the pediatric neurology patient.
- Develop and heighten sensation and awareness of movement, enhancing the ability to alter the movement patterns of the neurologically challenged child.
- Develop a preliminary understanding and usage of Myofascial release techniques as an adjunct to alter biomechanical resistance to movement.
- Develop a preliminary understanding and usage of acupressure techniques as an adjunct to developing activation, co-contraction and strength of motor patterns in the neurologically challenged child.
- Increase intuitive perception and sensory awareness of subtle energies and their impact upon movement.
- Develop a preliminary knowledge and use of cranio-sacral therapy as an adjuct intervention to alter state of arousal and preparation for motor learning.
- Develop clinical reasoning and problem solving of an integrated approach of techniques to provide a comprehensive rehabilitation approach to the neurologically challenged child.
Audience: Pediatric occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, speech and language pathologists.