Treatment of the Head and Neck:
A Foundation for Oral Motor Function,
Sensory Motor Processing and Motor Development
Contact Hours (.6 AOTA CEUS)
Intermediate Level Course
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This course is presented to establish a protocol for evaluating and treating head and neck problems as a first step in viewing children with oral motor, developmental and sensory processing problems. Evaluation and treatment of a child’s head and neck is essential for resolving structural problems that impair information from the cranial nerves. These issues are often seen as a central nervous system problem when the location of the issue is peripheral in nature and can block normal information to the mouth, sensory systems, motor system and the entire developmental process. These issues often occur with difficult births, falls, low tone, excessive positioning on the back, low vision, stress, and other developmental problems that put excessive stress on the head and neck. This problem will be linked to other related issues in areas of development so the participant will be able to establish a solid foundation on which to build skills.
Through this presentation and practice sessions, participants will learn to identify the symptoms of decreased information through the cranial nerves, the habilitation process and the impact this treatment can have on function. With this common sense approach many primary blocks can be resolved. Sensory and motor control can be established.
Bring a yoga mat with you to use in this session.
This course is offered for .6 AOTA CEUs, Intervention & Outcomes
Suggested Audience: OT's, PT's, SLP's, & Early Intervention Specialists
Objectives: Participants will be able to:
1. Describe the anatomical structures related to common head and neck/cranial nerve problems.
2. Diagnose and treat oral motor, sensory motor and developmental problems related to head and neck/cranial nerve issues.
3. Learn oral motor techniques for efficient treatment of nerve, soft tissue, muscle, and joints for tongue, lip, and jaw coordination as needed for suck, swallow, chewing and speech.
4. Design habilitation programs for oral motor, sensory motor and developmental problems related to head and neck/cranial nerve issues.
Schedule* (6 contact hours)
8:30 • Overview & Introduction
8:45 • Observation of movement patterns in typically
developing and atypically developing kids
9:15 • Review of neuroanatomy as it relates to problems of neck
10:30 • Clinical observations for assessment
11:30 • Observation of pre and post treatment
12:00 Lunch on your own
1:00 • Treatment lab mobility of spine
1:45 • Treatment lab oral motor area
3:00 • Treatment lab developmental & sensory motor
4:00 • Habilitation activities - Home & Community
4:15 • Questions & Answers
* Topic times may vary; contact hours do not.
• Financial disclosure: Receives a speaking fee from Professional Development Programs.
• Non-financial disclosure: Speaker has no non-financial relationships to disclose.
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