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 will be discussed and incorporated. Red flags for related early infancy and preschool diagnoses will be appraised as we explore diagnosis impact on the movement system and resulting impairments in gross, fine and speech motor skills. 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.

Upon completion of course, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the incidence, etiology and pathophysiology of torticollis and discuss the importance of early identification and early referral through systematic screenings and evaluations by health care providers                         
  2. Identify the impact of torticollis on the movement system and associated body structures and function
  3. Problem solve current evidence-based treatment regimens for torticollis
  4. Identify the impact on head shape that may be present with a diagnosis of torticollis. - Discuss guidelines, available research and problem solve solutions to manage including helmet criteria and treatment
  5. Discuss the relationship of "the change in sleep posture," effects of increased positional devices, and environmental influences on postural development
  6. Relate current research and recommendations pertaining to SIDS and the efficacy of back to sleep - Review diagnoses related to the health policy change
  7. Collaborate and cultivate parent/caregiver’s understanding of the child’s health condition, interventions, and compliance to home education/therapy program and follow-up recommendations
  8. Establish individualized goals and incorporate family-centered evidenced-based treatment regimens as part of their home education/therapy 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

Instructor(s):

Cindy Miles

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

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

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Session 3 June 7-8, 2019
Omaha, NE (Map)
465.00/person

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Session 4 August 9-10, 2019
Puyallup , WA (Map)
465.00/person

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Session 5 September 20-21, 2019
Livingston, NJ (Map)
465.00/person

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Session 6 October 19-20, 2019
Las Vegas, NV (Map)
465.00/person

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Session 7 October 25-26, 2019
Loveland, CO (Map)
465.00/person

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