Patricia Oetter, MA, OT, FAOTA
Eileen W. Richter, MPH, OTR/L, FAOTA
Course Description (running time approx 3 hours)
This workshop will emphasize the process of respiratory development, from in utero on, as it relates to typical and atypical sensory processing, and sensory motor processing and development. We will discuss how this applies to assessment and treatment of pediatric clients with varied diagnoses. Using lectures, slides, videos, we will explore assessment and treatment options to address various dysfunctional respiratory patterns.
Breath has not always been a focus in pediatric treatment. New information is shedding light on how respiration impacts many aspects of development. It is therefore necessary for us to take a more in-depth and active approach to breathing function in our clients with regulatory, sensory processing and/or sensory motor dysfunction.
Current study of breathing restrictions, be they structural, functional or the result of trauma or allergies, is identifying associations with regulatory disorders such as sleep apnea, sleep patterns, ADD, and ADHD; as well as motor skills such as feeding, posture and other skills. Observation of respiratory patterns leads to a better understanding of development and sensory motor outcomes. When breathing function is unrestricted air expands the rib cage 3-dimentionally. Identifying where breath is restricted (belly, diaphragm, upper chest, neck, mouth, nose) provides clues to function and is a foundational focus for treatment. Rate, depth, rhythm and gradation are required for attention, self-regulation, endurance, postural control, eating, voicing for speech, and many other development achievements.
Course Level, Intermediate, Audience OT, PT, SLP and interested others
Course will run from 1st March 2021 to 31st March, 2021