Pediatric Vestibular Rehabilitation
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.
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.
Texas Children's Hospital - West Campus
18200 Katy Freeway, 1st floor conference room B
Houston, Texas 77094
(I-10 and Barker Cypress)
14.5 contact hours or CCU’s through TPTA and TOTA
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.
Pre-Test/Review of the vestibular system, automatic reflexes, and development
Recognition of vestibular disorders and growing evidence of the need for interventions with children
Development of posture, equilibrium, protective reflexes, oculomotor control, vestibular-ocular reflex (VOR) and vestibular spinal reflex (VSR)
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
Evaluations for children with vestibular pathology and imbalance (diagnostic, developmental, and therapeutic)
Lunch (on your own)
Practice of evaluation techniques: oculomotor, balance and reflex integration
Vertigo and positional assessments
Practice lab and video demonstrations
Treatment Planning, Progression and Precautions
Vestibular interventions: Compensation, adaptation, habituation for home, clinic and school based treatment
Treatment: vestibular stimulation, eyehead coordination and gaze stabilization, eye-head/eye-foot coordination, and treatment for hyperactive vs. hypoactive dysfunctions
Demonstration of repositioning and redistribution exercises/techniques for posterior and anterior semicircular canal dysfunction, BPPV and post concussion syndrome
Lunch (on your own)
Demonstration and practice of treatments for horizontal canal dysfunction & spasmodic torticollis
Reflex integration & vestibular rehab (VSR, VOR, balance retraining and sensory organization)
reatment for CPV, migraine associated vertigo, neurontitis, Meniere’s, otolith and saccule dysfunction, (gravitational insecurity)
Program development, outcomes, video case reports, teacher, parent questionnaires, accommodations letter, and IEP examples.
18014 Park Row Drive
Houston, TX 77084
Contact: Jelique Ayala