Balance Testing and Vestibular Rehabilitation in Children

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Audience: Peds, PT, PTA, OT, COTA, Audiologist
Course level: Intermediate
Date: November 12th, 2011
Check in time: 7:30-8:00 am
Class time: 8:00-4:00 pm
Location: Fairview Ridges Maple Room, 152 Cobblestone Lane, Burnsville, MN 55337
External Fee: $195.00
Contact hours: 6.5

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Micheal Castiglione, AuD, obtained her Master's Degree in Audiology in 1996 from SUNY Fredonia and went on to earn her AuD degree from SALUS University (formerly PCO School of Audiology) in 2003.  Micheal has 14 years of experience as a practicing audiologist, with the past 12 years focused on pediatrics.  Micheal joined the audiology team at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in April of 2007.  In 2008, the Pediatric Balance Center opened at CCHMC offering diagnostic and treatment options for children wit vestibular disturbances.  The Center's model involves ENT, Audiology, and Physical/Occupational Therapy.  Micheal has extensive experience evaluating children. 
Gretchen A. Mueller, PT, MPT received her Master in Physical Therapy from the Ohio State University in 2005.  Gretchen is currently pursuing her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, which she will complete in August 2011.  She has been working exclusively with children since 2006.  Gretchen joined the Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy Department at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in August of 2008.  She has been treating a wide range of pediatric developmental and neuromuscular disorders since that time.  In addition, she became certified in vestibular rehabilitation by the American Physical Therapy Association in March 2011.   Gretchen uses specific tests and measures in conjunction with Audiology and ENT, to assess children in order to treat each patient's functional limitations due to vestibular dysfunction. 
Course description:
This presentation will provide an overview of the vestibular anatomy system and describe the test battery used in pediatric vestibular assessment, as well as modifications used to obtain reliable data from this population.  It will detail common vestibular disorders seen in the pediatric population and how these disorders affect a child's life.  It will describe subjective information obtained during an evaluation and rehabilitation techniques used to treat vestibular/balance deficits.  We will highlight the Pediatric Balance Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and share normative data that has been collected. 
Following successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify common disorders of the pediatric vestibular system and how they may affect a child's activities.
  • Identify components of the vestibular test battery and measurements used to obtain information regarding the patients vestibular impairments.
  • describe modifications for pediatric population.
  • Identify subjective information attained during a vestibular evaluation.
  • Identify rehabilitation techniques used to treat vestibular and balance deficits.
7:30-8:00          Registration/Check in
8:00-8:10          Introduction and review of learner outcomes
8:10-8:25          Anatomy and Physiology
8:25-8:45          Signs and symptoms of vestibular disorders in pediatric population
8:45-10:00       Overview of test battery (audiology) and normative data in children. Overview of test battery (PT).
                           Bedside Exams and Special test considerations for children
10:00-10:15     BREAK
10:15-10:30     Common diagnosis and effects of vestibular disorders on children
10:30-11:40     PT treatment for vestibular deficits
11:40-12:00     Questions and Answers
12:00-1:00        LUNCH
1:00-2:30          Hands on exams
2:30-3:30          Case Studies
3:30-4:00          Case Studies, Questions and answers     

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