Pediatric Vestibular Rehabilitation

November 17-18, 2017

This course focuses on effective vestibular rehabilitation for treating children with dizziness, coordination, balance, motor, postural, vestibular, visual motor, perceptual, sensory organization and motion disorders due to disease, toxicity, infection, tumors, trauma, neurological, and congenital/genetic disorders. Experienced as well as novice clinicians will learn a new frame of reference and treatment techniques that can positively affect the child's motor skills, balance, coordination,rate of development, perceptual skills and tolerances of motion.

The lab course will include pediatric assessments for vestibular, sensory organization, ocular motor, reflex integration, and motor development. Treatment techniques,video case demonstrations, and interactive lab
practice will be included. While this course is specific to children of all ages from infancy through adolescence, the material does apply to adults with vestibular disorders, also.


Course Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Apply developmental principles as they relate to balance, posture, and motor skills.
  • Identify and recognize manifestations of vestibular dysfunction in infants and children.
  • Describe and demonstrate appropriate assessments for vestibular, visual motor, equilibrium, posture, balance, reflex integration, motor skills, and sensory organization.
  • Describe and demonstrate effective treatment techniques for children with vestibular disorders.
  • Develop home and clinic programs for parents, teachers, and caretakers.

Location

Texas Children's Hospital - West Campus
18200 Katy Freeway, 1st floor conference room B
Houston, Texas 77094
(I-10 and Barker Cypress)

Cost -  

$435

Earned credits -  

14.5 contact hours or CCU’s through TPTA and TOTA

Registration - Register online

Instructor

Gaye W. Cronin is a master clinician specializing in vestibular rehabilitation having treated more than 25,000 patients suffering from vestibular or balance disorders. Since 1988, she has been the director of Vestibular Rehabilitation and Neuromuscular Re-education Programs at the Atlanta Ear Clinic specializing in pediatric, geriatric, neuromuscular facial retraining, tinnitus reduction, fall reduction, and vestibular rehabilitation programs. She also serves as an Associate Professor at the Medical College of Georgia and the University of St. Augustine. Dr. Cronin has experienced a high rate of success in the elimination and reduction of vertigo and balance dysfunctions, and improvement of function, safety and developmental levels through vestibular rehabilitation. She has successfully applied these evidenced based treatments with a variety of diagnoses and ages. Dr. Cronin has published extensively in medical and therapy journals and has conducted numerous national and international instructional courses for occupational therapists, physical therapists, audiologists and physicians.She received her Bachelor of Science and Masters degrees from the Medical College of Georgia, and her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. She has 30 plus years of clinical experience in various physical rehabilitation, education and administrative settings.

Disclosure: Financial: Gaye Cronin receives an honorarium from Education Resources. Non-Financial: She has no non-financial relationships to disclose.

Itinerary 

Day One

7:30-8:00
Registration/Continental Breakfast

8:00-9:00
Pre-Test/Review of the vestibular system, automatic reflexes, and development

9:00-9:30
Recognition of vestibular disorders and growing evidence of the need for interventions with children

9:30-10:30
Development of posture, equilibrium, protective reflexes, oculomotor control, vestibular-ocular reflex (VOR) and vestibular spinal reflex (VSR)

10:30-10:45
Break

10:45-11:15
Vestibular pathology in infants and children, CPV (childhood paroxysmal vertigo), Meniere’s disease, ototoxicity, spasmodic torticollis, post-concussion syndrome, BPPV, neurological, congenital, and genetic disorders

11:15-12:00
Evaluations for children with vestibular pathology and imbalance (diagnostic, developmental, and therapeutic)

12:00-1:00
Lunch (on your own)

1:00-2:45
Practice of evaluation techniques: oculomotor, balance and reflex integration

2:45-3:00
Break

3:00-4:00
Vertigo and positional assessments

4:00-5:30
Practice lab and video demonstrations

Day Two

7:30-8:00
Continental Breakfast

8:00-8:30
Treatment Planning, Progression and Precautions

8:30-9:30
Vestibular interventions: Compensation, adaptation, habituation for home, clinic and school based treatment

9:30-10:15
Treatment: vestibular stimulation, eyehead coordination and gaze stabilization, eye-head/eye-foot coordination, and treatment for hyperactive vs. hypoactive dysfunctions

10:15-10:30
Break

10:30-11:45
Demonstration of repositioning and redistribution exercises/techniques for posterior and anterior semicircular canal dysfunction, BPPV and post concussion syndrome

11:45-12:15
Practice lab

12:15-1:15
Lunch (on your own)

1:15-2:00
Demonstration and practice of treatments for horizontal canal dysfunction & spasmodic torticollis

2:00-2:30
Reflex integration & vestibular rehab (VSR, VOR, balance retraining and sensory organization)

2:30-2:45
Break

2:45-3:30 T
reatment for CPV, migraine associated vertigo, neurontitis, Meniere’s, otolith and saccule dysfunction, (gravitational insecurity)

3:30-4:00
Program development, outcomes, video case reports, teacher, parent questionnaires, accommodations letter, and IEP examples.

Questions/Answers/Discussion/Post-Test

Hotel 

Hampton Inn
18014 Park Row Drive
Houston, TX 77084

Contact: Jelique Ayala
281-578-6700

Contact 

Angela Dumas
832-826-6311
courseregistration@texaschildrens.org