OT, PT, SLP, educators, music therapists, play therapists, parents and interested others
Gravity influences infant development in many ways, from triggering vestibular processing to developing and strengthening muscles. Due to a number of factors, including improper positioning, lack of typical sensory motor opportunities, other environmental factors, and/or diagnoses of failure to thrive, autism, sensory processing disorders, etc., many of today's children are delayed in their sensory motor development when compared with past generations. These delays are particularly apparent in lack of core strength, proximal stability, and upper extremity coordination. Based on years of clinical experience, literature review and personal published research, the instructor will offer some unique perspectives on reflex integration and functional movement patterns, emphasizing the importance of gravity and vestibular function to normal development.
Along with other treatment strategies, gravity can be used by therapists to enhance development, especially in the areas of sensory motor processing, reflex integration and motor coordination. A variety of intervention strategies that engage vestibular mechanisms and take advantage of gravitational influences, including some innovative equipment, will be discussed and demonstrated via labs and video presentation.
Module 1: Role of Gravity in Human Development (56:20)
Using a lecture format with slides and video, the role of gravity in human development and function is discussed. We’ll look at the purpose of reflex patterns and how they support our sensory motor progression from fetal development to upright posture and locomotion. This overview will include the ways reflexes influence, antigravity muscle development, complex motor coordination and maturation of the brain.
Module 2: Clinical Indicators of Gravity Dysfunction – Ages & Stages (34:10)
Module 2 describes the common barriers to antigravity development and the impact lack of antigravity integration on human behavior and performance from infancy through adulthood. Viewers will learn the indicators of poor antigravity development in the areas of sensory processing and modulation, sensory motor, and psycho-social function throughout the age span.
Module 3: Basic Elements of Treatment (27:18)
We will begin our consideration of intervention strategies, by outlining the basic elements necessary to facilitate antigravity activation in infants and young children. The strategies will emphasize the areas of sensory input (vestibular, tactile and proprioceptive), motor responses and rhythmicity and include some demonstration.
Module 4-1: Floor Lab-Activities in Prone (38:05)
The “Lab” modules are designed to encourage viewer participation. The module will include demonstrations of the activities; discussion of the therapeutic objectives and the value of the activities along with consideration of the treatment activities for adaption. Many examples of the activities with children are included. Module 4 Lab #1 focuses specifically on floor activities in prone.
Module 4-2: Floor Lab-Activities in Supine & Rolling (37:56)
Viewers will receive copies of all the activities that will be demonstrated and many more. Lab #2 specifically focuses on floor activities in supine and rolling. Rolling is a powerful activity for vestibular activation.
Module 5: Clinical Reasoning in Treatment (58:11)
Deciding where to start in treatment and how to proceed can be very challenging considering the wide range of children’s needs with respect to sensory processing/sensory motor dysfunction. In this module we will discuss the neurobiological foundations for intervention; some important principles for therapeutic interaction; and recommendations for sequencing of strategies in treatment.
Module 6-3: Floor Activities in Creeping (25:03)
We’re back to more participant lab activities. In this case, we will focus on creeping on all fours. After demonstrations (and viewer experience with the activities), we’ll discuss the significance of this experience for antigravity development and future core and upper extremity function.
Module 6-4: Floor Activities in Sitting/Course Summary (31:46)
Activities in sitting will be our first activity focus upright against gravity. We will experience and consider ways to challenge gravity from this position to facilitate core strength and balance reactions. We will conclude the course with a summation of the physics of antigravity work and how to use it to support children who have not established good antigravity integration.
1. Identify the role that gravity plays in typical infant development.
2. List the ways that positioning and other environmental influences can obstruct or enhance sensory motor development.
3. Identify at least 3-4 strategies to facilitate antigravity and sensory motor development.
4. Recognize the importance of multidimensional treatment and how to implement it.
The participant must complete the course in its entirety. Following the passing score of 80% on the post-course quiz, the participant will be immediately issued a course completion certificate that can be downloaded or printed.
5.25 Contact Hours awarded if course requirements are met. For additional continuing education information for PT, SLP, and social work, click here to access our CEU policy information.