Inner Ear, Inner Drive: Unlocking the contributions of the auditory & vestibular systems  

Sheila Frick, Live Zoom Webinar

October 20, 2020, 9 am - 12 pm CST

CEUs: 3 hours (.3 AOTA CEUs)

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

The inner ear plays a critical role in forming the “felt sense” of ourselves relative to the world around us, which is a necessary foundation for emotional regulation, praxis, and higher level cognitive skills. This felt sense and its associated perceptions helps us to develop a working map of our bodies and our physical environment, as well as a foundation for connection. Furthermore, the development of the vestibular-postural-ocular connections support both stable and dynamic positioning of our body relative to the salient events around us.

Starting from the sensory and neurophysiological roots, we will explore the vestibular and auditory portions of the inner ear and their relationship to our innate drive to adapt and gain mastery over our environment. Beyond the role of the inner ear in the development of our physical mastery over our body in space, this course will discuss the relationship of vestibular and auditory sensory processing to our innate drive to connect with another. Ultimately, at the highest level, our innate inner drive contributes to the development of the sensory motor foundation for social engagement, play, and learning.


Course Objectives:

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

  1. Describe at least three contributions of the vestibular and auditory systems to the development of our body scheme and/or environmental scheme

  2. Recognize how difficulties with vestibular and auditory processing can impact social engagement through case study

  3. Discuss three suitable assessment measures for evaluating vestibular and auditory functioning, including standardized assessments, clinical observations, and occupational performance concerns 

  4. Identify at least three therapeutic activities that support optimal inner ear (vestibular-auditory) functioning which underlies participation


9:00am - 9:45am - Structure and function of the vestibular-cochlear mechanism

9:45am - 10:30am - The neurological substrates of inner drive in relationship to inner ear

10:30am - 11:50am - Assessment & treatment strategies - clinical problem solving demonstrated through case presentation

11:50am - 12:00pm - Question and Answer

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.

Tel: 651-336-8911


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