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Understanding the Unique Aspects of the Vestibular System in Children and Adolescents
Children’s vestibular systems differ from adults in both anatomy, physiology and the functional difficulties associated because the vestibular system impacts the development of ocular motor responses, spatial perception, body awareness, attention, memory, balance, and mental imagery. This session focuses on an evidence-based functional anatomy review that is applicable to treatment. Maturation of the child’s vestibular system into an adulthood is discussed along with the development of vestibular reflexes and central processing implications. The instructor covers functional impairments, and the epidemiology of vestibular issues in children. Quality of life issues as they relate to children in school, home and play environments will be discussed.
Pathophysiology of Vestibular Symptoms in Children
Common diagnoses, signs, and symptoms involving the vestibular system are discussed and include vestibular neuritis, labyrinthitis, ototoxicity, Meniere’s Disease, cochlear implants, cranial trauma, migraine headaches, whiplash, among other issues. Learn how trauma such as mTBI can be differentiated into central, peripheral, cervical, or a combination of all three and present differently in children. Therapists should consider vestibular screening in any child who has motor delays, clumsiness, hearing loss and difficulty with reading. Red flags for referral are discussed.
Pediatric Vestibular Screening and Assessment: Evaluation and Testing
Best practices to evaluate and assess the child with vestibular symptoms is covered because children often present differently from adults. The instructor demonstrates how to perform a physical exam and what to observe in the clinic and on the field following a possible concussion. She demonstrates basic screening techniques for cervical, vestibular and ocular pathology following concussion. Dizziness and the autonomic nervous system, OI (Orthostatic Intolerance), POTs, (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) including activity and exercise intolerance and various assessments/tests such as the VAT, Modified VBI test and the ocular motor exam are demonstrated as well as BPPV Testing and the Dix-Hallpike test. How each of these diagnoses affect performances in school and sports is stressed.
Practical Treatment Techniques to Improve Function and Participation for the Child with Vestibular Symptoms
Learn effective, evidence-based treatment strategies and symptom relief techniques, with functional outcomes and school considerations in mind. The promotion of healthy habits in children, as well as a practical and effective home exercise program (HEP) are discussed. Pediatric treatments to improve ocular motor skills, BPPV symptoms, and postural instability, including cervical proprioception retraining are provided. Strategies to alleviate symptoms of dizziness, motion sickness and chronic pain are covered as well. Group case studies concerning complex issues are presented by the group.
This course is offered for 13.5 Contact Hours, 1.35 CEUs (Intermediate Level)
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