LIVE WEBINAR: Breathing, Talking and Postural Control: Why is this relationship so important for School Based Therapists (PT, OT, SLP) to understand?

Patricia West-Low, PT, MA, DPT, PCS

Wednesday – December 15, 2021
8:00 am – 3:00 pm EST

Early $225.00* | Regular $250.00 

*Early registration must be received 14 days prior to webinar (December 1, 2021). 

Breathing mechanics and postural control are linked!  Using Dr. Mary Massery’s novel research and the “Soda-Pop Can” postural control model, the instructor will push this connection further, demonstrating the link between glottal control, breathing and upright postural stability.  The focus will be on applying these concepts from walking to talking in the school-based therapy environment for PT, OT, and ST.

Schedule now includes more time for treatment ideas! 


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Learning Objectives
Participants completing this course will be should be able to:

  1. Present a model of postural control (Soda Pop Can Model) that links breathing, talking, and motor performance.
  2. Using Massery’s research, demonstrate the relationship between the top of the trunk (glottal control), to the middle of the trunk (diaphragm), and to the bottom of the trunk (pelvic floor), in terms of pressure supported postural control and the far-reaching consequences on vocal control, respiration, balance, limb force production, GERD, continence, and constipation.
  3. Describe the multiple, simultaneous roles of the diaphragm as related to breathing, talking, postural control, gastroesophageal reflux, constipation and venous return.
  4. Use voicing to optimize dynamic postural stability (and vice versa), such as stand-to-sit, reaching tasks, toilet transfers, and other typical school day motor activities.
  5. Suggest additional PT, OT, and ST interventions to optimize postural control for children receiving therapy services in a school environment.

Target Audience


Course Level 

All levels


Patricia (Trish) West-Low, PT, MA, DPT, PCS

PATRICIA WEST-LOW has been a physical therapist for over 25 years. She earned a Bachelor’s in Physical Therapy from The University of Scranton, an Advanced Master’s Degree from New York University, and a Doctoral Degree from Seton Hall University. She is a Board Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist.
Trish has completed a 2-year apprenticeship with Dr. Mary Massery, PT, DPT, DSc, becoming Dr. Massery’s second certified faculty member. She treats children and adults in the New Jersey shore area and is a consultant to schools and private practices in the area of the multi-systems impact of cardio-pulmonary dysfunction.

Trish receives a speaking fee for her presentation. She has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Course Schedule

8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Schedule now includes more time for treatment ideas!

8:00 – 9:30 Lecture Breathing, Talking, and Postural Control:  What is the connection and why is it important for school-based therapy (PT, OT, ST)
9:30-9:45 Break
9:45-11:00 Lecture Breathing, Talking, and Postural Control: continued
11:00 – 11:30 Lecture Matthew’s case: Long term management of spine, posture and breath support
11:30 – 12:15 Lunch
12:15 – 1:00 Lecture Breathing, Talking, and Postural Control: continued
1:00 – 3:00 Lab/discussion Suggesting interventions: Positioning and movement (ventilatory) strategies for school-based therapy
3:00 End


Educational Credits

6 contact hours

Approved for 6 contact hours by NYSED’s State Board for PT.

Application has been made to NJBPTE for CE credit approval.

color web&pptTSI is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures. Approved by AOTA for .6 CEUs. 6 contact hours, Intermediate Level, Domain of OT: Client Factors.

This course is offered for .6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).


Group Discount

Early $225.00* | Regular $250.00

*Early registration must be received 14 days prior to seminar
VALID UNTIL Dec. 1, 2021

3 or more registrants – Early –  $212.94 | Regular – $236.60 (use code group3)

In order to qualify for the group discounted rate, registrations MUST all be received within 24 hours (of the first registration) if registering on-line, and in the same envelope if registering by mail.  PLEASE NOTE: Registrations received after a group has been processed will not be eligible for the discount.

To ensure that all group members receive the appropriate discount, choose a group name and be sure that each person registering adds the name in the “other notes” section at checkout.