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Vestibular Rehabilitation for the School Based Therapist – October 17 & 18, 2018

Gaye W. Cronin, OTD, OTR/L

October 17 & 18, 2018 – Wednesday & Thursday – NYC – 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

This two day course is designed for physical and occupational therapist professionals working in the school system with children suffering from balance and vestibular disorders. Recognizing and assessing children with dizziness and imbalance can be challenging, but once the process is completed, you need to be able to develop an appropriate treatment plan.  Children with vestibular disorders can present with learning difficulties due to associated decreased attention, concentration, coordination, focus, perception, nystagmus, dizziness/nausea, motion tolerances and visual motor skills. Physical motor skills are affected with decreased coordination, gait, balance, endurance, safety, sport and physical abilities. Vestibular interventions appear simplistic, but the therapist must understand the complexities of the system to have successful treatment outcomes. The purpose of this course is to present vestibular treatments as a system of exercises and movements that the therapist learns to develop a continuum for the individual child. This course will emphasize treatments of childhood vestibular disorders including childhood paroxysmal vertigo, BPPV, Meniere’s disease, ototoxicity, bilateral disorders, migraine associated vertigo, traumatic vertigo-post concussive, genetic syndromes, central vertigo, and hyper/hypo vestibular responses. Adaptations for classrooms and injury prevention will also be covered. The course is interactive, with lab sessions to practice treatment techniques. These experiences will help to develop competencies and promote effective outcomes of improved tolerances, safety, balance, attention, focus, coordination and learning abilities.

Cost: $420.00 Early | $445.00 Regular

(must be registered online or postmarked by mail 21 days prior to seminar to receive early registration discount)

A discount will be give when 3 or more registrations are received at the same time (use code group3) . 



$445.00 $420.00

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Product Description

Dr. Gaye W. Cronin, OTD, OTR/L is a master clinician specializing in vestibular rehabilitation and balance retraining having treated more than 25,000 patients suffering from vestibular or balance disorders. She received her Bachelor of Science and Masters degrees from the Medical College of Georgia, and her Doctorate from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. She has over 35 years of clinical experience in various physical rehabilitation, education and administrative settings. Since 1988, she has been the director of Vestibular Rehabilitation, Balance Retraining, and Neuromuscular Re-education Programs at the Atlanta Ear Clinic specializing in geriatric, pediatric, facial retraining, tinnitus reduction, fall reduction, and vestibular/balance rehabilitation programs. She is also 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 has successfully applied these evidenced based treatments with a variety of diagnoses and ages. She has published extensively in medical and therapy journals and texts, and has conducted numerous national and international professional instructional courses to occupational and physical therapists, physicians, and audiologists/speech pathologists.  Registration is limited.
Learning Objectives:
By the end of this program learners will be able to:

  1. Recognize need for vestibular rehabilitation interventions in therapeutic school programs
  2. Describe the functions of peripheral vestibular system of semicircular canal alignment, otoliths (gravity receptors), receptors, central system and spinal pathways to stimulate rehabilitation mechanisms of adaption, compensation and habituation.
  3. Identify manifestations of vestibular dysfunction and pathologies in children (including ototoxicity, genetic syndromes, CP, surgeries, trauma, and childhood vertigo)
  4. Develop problem solving skills for treating children with hypo and hyper vestibular responses, with emphasis on head position
  5. Develop movement exercise programs for vestibular ocular and vestibulospinal reflex dysfunction and gravitational insecurity
  6. Identify effects of vestibular dysfunction on learning, school performance, perception, attention, behavior, safety, sports, gait, posture/balance, coordination and movement tolerances

Cost: $420.00 Early | $445.00 Regular

(must be registered online or postmarked by mail 21 days prior to seminar to receive early registration discount)

A discount will be give when 3 or more registrations are received at the same time (use code group3).  

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October 17 & 18, 2018

Day 1

8:00-8:15 – Introduction and need for pediatric vestibular disorder’s treatment

programs in school programs / Pre Test

8:15-8:30 –  Recognition of vestibular dysfunction and effect on learning, behavior, attention,

perception, focus, PE/sports skills, coordination, gait and safety

8:30-9:15 – Review of the vestibular system, semicircular canal

alignment/function, and otoliths; indications for vestibular rehab-

adaptation, compensation and habituation

9:15-10:15 – Vestibular ocular reflex (VOR) function, testing, effect on learning,

school performance, development and indications for treatment;

video examples

10:15-10:30 – Break

10:30-11:15 – Lab practice of VOR/nystagmus tests and treatment continuum

11:15-12:00 – Vestibulo-spinal reflex (VSR) manifestations, effect on motor

skills, balance, gait and testing-emphasis neck, thorax and ankle

12:00-12:45 – Lunch (on your own)

12:45-1:30 – Lab practice of VSR, balance, motor impairments, and sensory

organization treatment techniques and sequencing for brain adaptation

1:30-2:00 – VOR and VSR synergist function and effects on posture, vision and attention

2:00-3:00 – Description and intervention for childhood paroxysmal vertigo, chemotherapy

ototoxicity, and genetic disorders treatment and management

Day 2

8:00-8:30  – Otolith function, dysfunction, gravitational insecurity and benign paroxysmal

positional vertigo, and effect on postural control/movement tolerances

8:30-9:45 –  Lab practice for interventions of otoliths, anterior, posterior and

horizontal canals-head positions and push in, motion-push-pull therapy

techniques for gravitational insecurity and movement tolerances; video cases

9:45-10:15 – Hypo vs hyper vestibular reactions and treatment interventions

10:15-10:30 – Break

10:30-11:15 – Rolling, rotation and spin treatments for semicircular canals; indication for

treatment from post rotary nystagmus tests and demonstration

11:15-11:45 – Dual tasking for balance/coordination and Lab Practice of techniques

11:45-12:00  – Vestibular rehabilitation vs vestibular stimulation

12:00-12:45 – Lunch (on your own)

12:45-1:15 – Environmental influences of the vestibular system affecting leaning, behavior

and mobility

1:15-1:45 – Midbrain reflex integration (righting, protective, equilibrium) and vestibular

Effects and video demonstrations

1:45-2:45  – Adaptations for school performance and follow through; Accommodations; IEP;

Teacher/Parent Questionnaires

2:45-3:00 – Q & A/ Post Test

Target Audience:
OTs, PTs, PTAs and COTAs working with the pediatric population.

Course Level:
Introductory to Intermediate

Educational Credits:
12 contact hours. Certificates will be awarded.

Application has been made to the NJ Board of PT Examiners for CE approval.

Recognized by the NY State Education Department’s State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapy assistant continuing education.   Approved for 12 contact hours.

color web&ppt TSI is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures. Approved by AOTA for 1.2 CEUs. 12 contact hours, Mixed level, Domain of OT: Performance Skills.

Cost: $420.00 Early | $445.00 Regular

(must be registered online or postmarked by mail 21 days prior to seminar to receive early registration discount)

A discount will be give when 3 or more registrations are received at the same time (use code group3).