Every Motor Event Is A Sensory Event First: Anxiety, Self-Regulation and Postural Control

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Presented By: Shelley Mannell, Owner and Physical Therapist of HeartSpace Physical Therapy for Children

Course Description:

The nature of the paediatric rehabilitation caseload has changed in the last decade. Many clients now present for Physical Therapy with sensory processing and emotional self-regulation challenges as well as postural control and gross motor deficits. The research is beginning to inform us of the inter-relationship between sensory processing, self-regulation and postural control. Also, it is now recognized that self-regulation is critical for learning new motor skills. This creates a challenge for Physical Therapists: How do we integrate this research using practical strategies that support the goals for the child and family? This course provides you with an overview of the interactive nature of sensory processing, emotional self-regulation and postural control in typical children and how this becomes disrupted in children with motor and sensory challenges. The impact of stress and anxiety on sensory processing and balance is explored with a brief discussion regarding the nature of developmental trauma. Finally, motor and sensory treatment strategies that can be clinically useful in Physical Therapy will be presented as well as practical applications of trauma-informed practice principles. This course is 90 min in length.

Learning outcomes:

Participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss commonalities of the literature regarding postural control in 3 different clinical populations.
  2. Discuss the typical development of emotional self-regulation and list the difficulties encountered by children with motor and sensory challenges.
  3. Explain the inter-relationship between sensory processing, emotional regulation and postural control in children with motor and sensory challenges.
  4. Identify the role of alignment in mature postural control and emotional regulation.
  5. Define developmental trauma and discuss its impact on postural control.
  6. Label 5 basic principles of trauma-informed practice.
  7. Understand the clinical application of these concepts through case studies.

Education Level: Intermediate


Cost:$74.95 USD