Torticollis & Plagiocephaly: Assessment & Treatment of Infants & Children

Course Description:

This dynamic evolving course will concentrate on progressive, effective evaluation and treatment schemes for infants and young children with a diagnosis of torticollis with or without plagiocephaly, including challenging cases. The course is designed to provide therapists with current research and recommendations pertaining to the implications of torticollis, sleep posture and increased use of positional devices on infant postural and motor development. Current evidence-based clinical pathways and guidelines for management of torticollis and infant head shape, including Clinical Practice Guidelines from APTA - Section on Pediatrics, will be discussed and incorporated. Red flags for related early infancy and preschool diagnoses will be appraised. Current functional, clinically oriented evaluation and evidence based treatment strategies for infants and young children that can be integrated into routines and play will be provided. Diagnostic procedures and surgical intervention will be reviewed. Recommendations for follow-up and secondary specialist consultations will be presented. Emphasis on home exercise programs and effective strategies to team with parents will be explored throughout both days.

Learning opportunities for therapists and medical professionals involved in pediatrics will transpire through lecture, case reports, group problem solving, video review, patient demonstration and lab practicum. The extensive use of pictures and videos throughout the 2 days of intensive course materials will allow participates to problem solve and identify movement and tissue impairments related to the diagnosis of torticollis, providing functional ways to evaluate and treat.


Participants will be able to:

1. Discuss and implement current evidenced based treatment regimes for torticollis
2. Discuss the impact on head shape that may be present with a diagnosis of torticollis
a. Establish solutions to manage; including helmet criteria and treatment
3. Identify the impact of torticollis on the acquisition of motor components and midline postural development
4. Discuss the relationship of the change in sleep posture and the effects of increased positional devices to postural development
5. Discuss SIDS and the efficacy of back to sleep
6. Review related diagnoses to the health policy change
7. Incorporate parent input when establishing individualized goals and a home exercise program.

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What others are saying:

"Cindy's course was amazing! It was very informative and I loved the videos. It was nice to have evidence based interventions to take back to my families and doctors to support what we do! Thanks" -  Lisa Kumnik, PT

"Cindy did an excellent job of presenting the material on both torticollis and plagiocephaly. I gained new strategies to try with clients on my caseload as well as evidence based research to use to advocate for treatment for both conditions." -  Sara Feltovitch, DPT

"This was an excellent course! Cindy is a very dynamic, clear, and engaging speaker. As a new therapist, this class provided wonderful, specific interventions and treatments and provided a more complete picture of Torticollis' effects on the whole person." - Jennifer Renell, OT

"Cindy Miles was a very informative and knowledgeable presenter. She kept everyone engaged with personal case studies and treatment ideas. I will definitely be using her strategies with my patients!" - Jeanette Palacios, OT

"Cindy is very knowledgeable and passionate in the care of children with special needs, especially in this unique population. She does a great job with providing information on the assessment and treatment of the child with torticollis with evidence based practice in mind!"- Roxana Santaella, PT


Cindy Miles

Session 1 March 9-10, 2019
Miami, FL (Map)

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Session 2 April 5-6, 2019
Pearland, TX (Map)

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