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2021Integrative Education Symposium

Empowering and Connecting Pediatric Professionals
26-27 February 2021
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Shelley Mannell

February 27, 2021

CEUs: 6 hours (.6 AOTA CEUs)

Recording access available 1 week after event, viewing available 2 weeks following the release

Optional: Live Interactive Community of Practice, 1-hour sessions

March 18, 2021, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm CST

CEUs: 1 hour (.1 AOTA CEUs)

Course Level:  Intermediate
Audience: OTs, PTs and interested others
Course Description

Previous models of postural control were based on our knowledge at the time. While both Neuro-Developmental Treatment and Sensory Integration address postural control, their information and application in both motor and sensory realms are incomplete based on current research and knowledge. Many other philosophies of therapeutic intervention for children do not address postural control at all.  Join us for an exploration of dynamic systems theory as the basis for a contemporary paradigm for postural control. We will discuss this model, emphasizing an expanded number of components and the dynamic relationships between components, along with practical information on the clinical application to assessment and treatment of postural control in children with sensory and motor challenges.


Course Objectives:

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  1. Define postural control and list 3 reasons it is considered foundational for motor skill development.

  2. Identify 10 components of a contemporary model of postural control.

  3. Relate the dynamic connections between these components.

  4. Compare and contrast the current postural control literature for children with different diagnoses.

  5. Discuss appropriate assessment strategies for different postural control components.

  6. Choose appropriate treatment strategies for children with differing presentation of postural control challenges.


8:30 - 8:45 am A 21st century model of postural control
8:45 - 9:30 am Muscle Tone
9:30 - 10:00 am Emotional Regulation

10:00 - 10:30 am Break

10:30 -11:00 am Musculoskeletal Components
11:00 - 11:30 am Neuromuscular Synergies
11:30 -12:00 pm Anticipatory and Reactive Mechanisms

12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch Break

1:00 - 1:30 pm Anticipatory and Reactive Mechanisms (cont’d)
1:30 - 2:00 pm The Vestibular System
2:00 - 2:30 pm The Visual System

2:30 - 3:00 pm Break

3:00 -3:30 pm The Proprioceptive and Tactile Systems
3:30 - 4:00 pm Internal Representations and Stability Limits
4:00 - 4:30 pm Cognitive Resources

4:30 pm End

Course Requirements

For the live interactive sessions: Within one week of the course, the participant will be emailed a certificate of attendance following confirmation of attendance and completion of the self-evaluation.


For recorded session viewing: Following the passing score of 80% on the post-course quiz, the participant will be sent a course completion certificate.

Continuing Education

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6 Contact Hour (.6 AOTA CEUs) awarded if course requirements are met. Integrative Education is an AOTA Approved Provider, number 11607, for Distance Learning - Interactive, Distance Learning - Independent Self-Study, and Blended/Hybrid courses that include both interactive and independent study aspects.  Course approval number: 01633. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA or indicate AOTA approval of a certification of other professional recognition. ​ For additional continuing education information for PT, SLP, and social work, click here to access our CEU policy information.

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