Using Gravity to Facilitate Sensory Motor Development in Infants and Children

Using Gravity to Facilitate Sensory Motor Development in Infants and Children

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Gravity influences infant development in many ways, from triggering vestibular processing to developing and strengthening muscles. Due to a number of factors, including improper positioning, lack of typical sensory motor opportunities, other environmental factors, and/or diagnoses of failure to thrive, autism, sensory processing disorders, etc., many of today's children are delayed in their sensory motor development when compared with past generations. These delays are particularly apparent in lack of core strength, proximal stability, and upper extremity coordination.
Along with other treatment strategies, gravity can be used by therapists to enhance development, especially in the areas of sensory motor processing, reflex integration and motor coordination. A variety of intervention strategies that engage vestibular mechanisms and take advantage of gravitational influences, including some innovative equipment, will be discussed and demonstrated via labs and video presentation.


About the presenter

Eileen Richter has over 30 years experience working with a variety of disability groups in public schools, pediatric hospitals & private practice. Her MPH degree is in Maternal & Child Health, she is NDT certified and has published a number of books, articles and research. She is a Fellow of the AOTA, an international lecturer and has developed therapeutic equipment for infants and young children. 


Here is some of the great feedback from previous participants..

"It's been so interesting, fantastic theory as well as practical therapy activities and I’m looking forward to using what I’ve learnt with my caseload. Thanks so much!"

"This course was excellent in improving my knowledge of sensory dysfunction, regulation and sensory integration i will be able to engage more meaningfully with the therapist that support my students and have gained a deeper understanding of the therapeutic approach to supporting sensory dysfunction. this was excellent and information very accessible to a non-therapist. Thank you"

"I learnt a lot about how I can help my children with at home activities that will help improve Vestibular functioning and social development/regulation.  We already use some of the skills, so it just ties it all in for me."

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COURSE CONTENT DETAILS

5.25 contact 
Module 1: Role of Gravity in Human Development (56:20)
Module 2: Clinical Indicators of Dysfunction - Ages & Stages (34:10)
Module 3: Basic Elements of Treatment (27:18)
Module 4-1: Floor Lab-Activities in Prone (38:05)
Module 4-2: Floor Lab-Activities in Supine & Rolling (37:56)
Module 5: Clinical Reasoning in Treatment (58:11)
Module 6-3: Floor Activities in Creeping (25:03)
Module 6-4: Floor Activities in Sitting/Course Summary (31:46)

Course materials include PowerPoint handouts, Lab Sheets and an Appendix with Bibliography.


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