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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 regimes 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 regimes
as part of their home education/therapy program
Having served the pediatric population since 1977, Cindy Miles, PT, PhD. PCS, CNDT established her pediatric private practice in 1981. Dr. Miles is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, School of Health Related Professionals and East Stroudsburg University with a Master of Education in exercise physiology. She also holds a PhD in Pediatric Science from the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. Her doctoral research was on potential risk factors related to the diagnosis of Torticollis. She is Board Certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties as a Pediatric Clinical Specialist, specializing in treating children from birth through to young adults. Cindy completed the eight week Pediatric NeuroDevelopmental training course and the Advanced Infant course. Dr. Miles is serving as President of the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy (APPT) and is presently the Co-Chair and Meeting Planner for the Academy’s Annual Conference (APPTAC). She held the titles of APPT Treasurer, Treasurer Elect and pediatric sports, fitness SIG chair. Dr. Miles presents nationally on pediatric private practice and reimbursement as well as nationally and internationally on Torticollis, Plagiocephaly, and Fitness for All Abilities. She has published in peer review journals and books on topics related to pediatric physical therapy. www.cindymiles.com or www.traintotriumph.com
"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
Ochsner Baptist - A Campus of Ochsner Medical Center
2700 Napoleon Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70115
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This course meets the criteria for 15 contact hours (1.5 CEUs). Application has been made to the LA Board of Physical Therapy Examiners.
TX Physical Therapy Association accredited provider.
Approved provider of continuing education by the American Occupational Therapy Association #3043, for 15 contact hours - Intermediate Level Occupational Therapy Process: assessment, intervention. The assignment of
AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products or clinical procedures by AOTA.
This course meets the approval by the TX Board of OT Examiners.
NBCOT professional development provider – 15 PDUs
12 hours of this course qualify toward the 20 hours requirement for NDTA re-certification.