Sensory Based Motor Dysfunction

sensorymotorToday’s clinician receives abundant referrals for children experiencing movement challenges interfering with daily living functions. Diagnoses such as “Developmental Coordination Dysfunction, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Aspberger’s Disorder, ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome and Learning Disabilities” often display co-morbid features of dyspraxia and postural deficits. Despite these distinct disorders, therapists observe consistent behavioral manifestations that limit occupational performance. This two day workshop for occupational and physiotherapists will provide an introduction to the current understanding of praxis and postural deficits observed in clinical practice. A framework for observing, identifying and problem solving ideational praxis, motor planning, sequencing, coordination of the two sides of the body, projected actions sequences and postural control deficits will be highlighted. Videotapes, lecture and labs will comprise the learning format.

The participant will be able to:

1. Describe the neurobiology of practice dysfunction
2. Describe the sensory contributions to posture and movement dysfunction
3. Identify and differentiate practice dysfunctions from ideation to execution
4. Using a problem solving approach develop treatment strategies for practice and postural control deficits

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