Live Webinar for Pediatric Therapists. Complete all 3 Sessions for 12 Contact Hours (1.2 CEUs)
August 17, 2023: 5:40 pm EST • 4:40pm CST • 3:40 pm MST • 2:40 pm PST (US)
August 18 and 19, 2023: 8:40 am EST • 7:40 am CST • 6:40 am MST • 5:40 am PST (US)
Primitive reflex integration is a term being used in a variety of fields resulting in various approaches to treatment. This course provides therapists with a clear understanding of evaluating and treating primitive reflexes. It focuses on understanding the neuroanatomy of primitive reflexes, supporting research, and the importance of analyzing posture, biomechanics, and qualitative movement patterns. Several primitive reflex programs take a rote approach providing a “cookie-cutter” recipe to address each reflex individually. This class begins with understanding the neuroanatomy of the primitive reflexes and how they apply to natural development. It looks at the research and integrates occupational and physical therapy theories (Rood, Bobath, Brunnstrom, NDT) as these all play a large role in the understanding of the primitive reflexes. It teaches clinicians to assess the child’s posture and movement patterns as this is a vital key to integrating reflexes because a child cannot integrate if the posture is holding onto particular patterns of movement to allow for safety and stability. It then goes on to teach the reflexes in groups and patterns as they work together fluidly to promote function.
- Define the three levels of motor control in the central nervous system and how those levels impact occupation-based intervention
- Correlate the findings from a research study to the evaluation and treatment of retained primitive reflexes
- Determine how the structural development and alignment of the pelvis and trunk can impact a functional activity
- Choose an appropriate primitive reflex integration assessment to address a functional impairment
- Select a functional and individualized goal based on a primitive reflex integration assessment
- Update a treatment plan to address retained primitive reflexes that utilizes effective strategies to strengthen your client’s skills during functional activities
This course is relevant for Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Occupational Therapists, and Occupational Therapy Assistants.
Janine Wiskind engages her audience with her dynamic teaching style and makes intense information easy to understand and apply. As a pediatric occupational therapist, beginning her career in brain injury, Janine cultivated her specific concentration in vision, which has, in turn, led her to specialize in primitive reflex integration. Janine published articles relating to dysfunction in the pediatric population and has been involved in research on the pediatric brain injury unit. Working for inpatient rehab, outpatient, home health, the school system, and now within her own clinic has provided Janine with an extensive opportunity to work with a variety of pediatric populations and has led to her diverse array of expertise. Her clinic, On Solid Ground, focuses on primitive reflex integration, sensory integration, and, also focuses on the family unit to tie clinic gains to functional changes within the home and family system. The goal of her teaching and class work is to provide effective concepts that will be pertinent in your everyday practice.
This is THE course to take if you are looking to review primitive reflexes and how to assess if they are retained or integrated. You also learn assessment techniques and activities to work on with the students helping to progress integration of reflexes that may be inhibiting functioning. -Wendy P., PT
I loved the information on body mapping, the importance of sensory awareness, keeping function at the core of decision making, and how the reflexes impact so many activities that the individuals I work with have difficulty with. I'm so excited to continue learning! -John T., OTR
I feel more confident in evaluating reflexes and integrating the information gained into therapy sessions. -Andrea G., OT
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