posted: December 28, 2014
2nd Richter Active Integration Resources Symposium on Therapeutic Applications for Pediatrics
February 26-March 1, 2015
This year’s RAIR Symposium features Mary Massery, PT, DPT, DSc’s If You Can’t Breathe, You Can’t Function and Nancy Lawton-Shirely, OTR’s the Healing Power of Your Hands: CranioSacral Applications for Pediatrics.
If You Can’t Breathe, You Can’t Function will challenge the practitioner to make a paradigm shift; acknowledging the importance of the cardiopulmonary system as an integral component of postural control. Dr Massery will present a model of postural control (Soda Pop Can Model) that demonstrates how breathing mechanics are linked to motor and physiologic behaviors. This is the cornerstone for the speaker’s multi-system clinical approach to the evaluation and treatment of trunk and/or respiratory impairments. She will demonstrate how to integrate the cardiovascular, pulmonary, musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, integumentary and internal organ systems into every evaluation and intervention, as well as how to recognize physiologic causes or consequences that may accompany these motor dysfunctions. Dr Massery will show the participants how to effectively pair ventilatory strategies with specific movements in order to establish the pulmonary system as an asset rather than a liability for their patients, regardless of whether their original diagnoses were physiologic or physical. The emphasis of the presentation will be on developing and applying practical quick clinical solutions that are applicable for both pediatric and adult patients in all practice settings.
CranioSacral Applications for Pediactircs is designed to promote understanding of the power of personal touch to heal and to train the participant with specific techniques applicable to the pediatric population. The presentation will explore the use of fascial and craniosacral techniques and discuss how they impact modulation, postural alignment, and sensory processing. Through lab experiences, participants will learn ‘hands on’ techniques while getting a boost in their own energy. All techniques taught are usable in clinic and home programs. Applications to the pediatric population and how to integrate these techniques with current practice will be discussed. Presentation of ‘self help’ techniques for healing the healer are included.
There are several other sessions available at the RAIR Symposium on Therapeutic Applications for Pediatrics. Participants may build their own CE program based on 1, 2, or 3 day courses, featuring topics such as oral motor development, listening therapies, and sensory diets. For example, the Impact of Primitive Reflexes on Development, Sensory Processing, and Academic Achievement and the INPP Developmental Test and School Based Program both taught by Paul Stadler, MS, OTR/L, NDT. These sessions review the history of assessment and treatment of primitive reflexes, as well as sharing an assessment of neuromotor status in children at the beginning and end of intervention.
Teresa May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA’s Advanced Assessment of Praxis: Tools for the Busy Therapist and Advanced Intervention for Ideational Praxis: Affordances to Executive Function teach participants to administer 3 quick praxis assessments and provide advanced intervention strategies to address ideational problems in children with praxis deficits.
Most sessions are approved for Minnesota Board of Physical Therapy Category 1 continuing education credit. For more information, visit our website at www.rairsymposium.com; email firstname.lastname@example.org; or call 651-705-6799