Treatment Intensive: Pediatric Vestibular Rehabilitation

Course Description:

This intensive course differs from other vestibular courses in that treatment is the primary focus.  Specifc vestibular rehabilitation interventions to be used with children with dizziness, balance, motor, postural, vestibular, visual motor, perceptual, sensory organization and motion disorders due to vestibular dysfunction, malformations, disease, toxicity, childhood neurological cancer, infection, tumors, trauma, neurological, and congenital/genetic disorders will be covered. It offers the clinician treatment interventions that can improve clinical outcomes including improved motor skills, posture, safety, balance, learning, perceptual skills, attention, reflexes, and tolerances of motion. Recognition of vestibular disorders, an overview of vestibular anatomy/physiology, treatment of vestibular pathologies/dysfunctions, post-concussion syndrome, reflexes, and a discussion of hypoactive versus hyperactive function will be included.  Vestibular treatments appear simplistic, but the clinician must understand the complexities of the system to have successVideo demonstrations and interactive problem-solving lab with hands on practice will enhance skills and competencies for clinical outcomes and problem solving.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Demonstrate advanced problem solving skills of appropriate treatment plans for balance, posture and movements.
  2. Describe and treat functions of peripheral vestibular system of semicircular canal alignment, otoliths, receptors, central system and spinal pathways to stimulate rehabilitation mechanisms of adaptation, compensation and habituation.
  3. Identify manifestations of vestibular dysfunction and pathologies in children for treatments.
  4. Develop skills for treating children with peripheral and central vestibular disorders.
  5. Develop problem speicifc exercise programs for vestibular ocular and vestibulospinal reflex dysfunction and the effect on midbrain reflexes
  6. Develop specific treatments and continuums for children with vestibular dysfunctions based upon the physiology of the system.
  7. Identify effects of vestibular dysfunction on learning, school performance, sensory organization, coordination and movement tolerances


Gaye Cronin