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Rehabilitation and Therapy Courses

  • VitalStim® Therapy Pediatric Focus

    This dynamic and innovative program has revolutionized dysphagia therapy! Dysphagia Therapists will bring their facilities to a state-of-the-art-level with their Specialty Certificate from this course. VitalStim® Therapy is the original FDA cleared treatment approach to successfully combine Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation and traditional dysphagia techniques. This hands-on competency course will focus on topics such as muscle physiology, kinesiology of the swallowing mechanism and on pathological swallowing mechanisms and processes. The basic principles and concepts of NMES will be taught and the VitalStim® Therapy protocol will be extensively reviewed and practiced. The participants will receive one-on-one attention from two instructors, a dysphagia expert and an electrical stimulation expert. Through extensive hands-on labs; attendees will apply the theory of neuromuscular electrical stimulation to the treatment of dysphagia. This program is the ONLY accredited NMES for dysphagia program and provides participants with the building blocks and confidence to implement a successful VitalStim® Therapy program. Becoming a VitalStim Provider will add value to your practice, your facility, and most of all your patient's outcomes!

    Event Details

    Date(s):
    February 8, 2019 - February 9, 2019
    Location:
    Children’s Health Specialty Center Plano - Ambulatory Pavilion
    Speese Conference Center
    7601 Preston Rd., Plano, TX 75024
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  • Integrating NDT, SI and Motor Learning Perspectives in Pediatrics

    This workshop will enhance critical thinking skills and hands-on skills to enable therapists to use a systematic approach to treating children with developmental challenges. Focus will be on problem solving to gain function for children with motor control, sensory processing and behavioral compromise. The unique approach will help therapists set realistic measurable goals, set priorities and determine frequency of treatment and exit criteria.

    Event Details

    Date(s):
    February 22, 2019 - February 23, 2019
    Location:
    Children’s Health Specialty Center Plano - Ambulatory Pavilion
    Speese Conference Center
    7601 Preston Rd., Plano, TX 75024
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  • Kinesio Taping 3 & 4

    Clinical Concepts & Advanced Whole Body Applications of the Kinesio Taping Method (K3 Toward Certification)

    The KT3 course combines the Kinesio Taping® Method foundational concepts of KT1&KT2 with advanced clinical concepts. The course provides lab time for attendees to practice their skills on the new concepts through a variety of clinical applications. The KT3 course is designed to allow the Certified Kinesio Taping Instructor (CKTI) to cater specific clinical applications to address specific professions. Upon completion of this course and prerequisite KT1&KT2 seminar, attendees will be eligible to request and take the exam to become a Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner (CKTP). Note: Students can request to take the exam but will not be eligible to receive a CKTP certificate until they graduate.

    KT4: Specialty Pediatric Concepts of the Kinesio Taping Method (K4 Toward Specialization)

    The KT4 Pediatric course is an eight-hour advanced seminar appropriate for practitioners who treat a pediatric population. Participants will have completed KT1, KT2, and KT3 prior to enrolling in KT4 Pediatric. In this seminar we will explore common diagnoses seen in pediatric patients from NICU to adolescence, and present suggested taping techniques for them. Kinesio Taping can be used during physical activity and in conjunction with many therapeutic interventions. Attendees will review theory and basic taping techniques, learn advanced and combination techniques, and develop clinical reasoning skills relevant to the pediatric population. The course will also provide commonly used taping techniques for specific diagnoses, including cerebral palsy, hemiplegia, torticollis, and brachial plexus injury; as well as pediatric sports related injuries.
    The seminar will utilize lecture, lab, and case studies to demonstrate appropriate taping techniques. Assessment of the diagnoses presented will help the student to apply similar techniques to any indicated problem they should encounter in the clinic. A key focus of this course will be the adaptation of common Kinesio Taping techniques for use with smaller and less developed patients. In addition, we will also encourage problem solving by the students to enhance the learning process.

    Event Details

    Date(s):
    April 12, 2019 - April 13, 2019
    Location:
    Children’s Health Specialty Center at Cityville Southwestern Medical District
    Education Building
    2222 Medical District Dr., Dallas, TX 75235
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  • Feeding Therapy: It's not just about swallowing

    This unique 2-day course benefits pediatric therapists interested in the bigger picture pertaining to pediatric feeding disorders. Therapists want strategies to implement right away with their clients. Why do children have trouble eating? How are physiology, motor skills and behavior linked and how do the basic principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) strengthen that connection? What role could tethered oral tissues play in feeding function? How do family dynamics and parenting styles influence progress? Why is it that a child eats well in the clinic setting but cannot generalize those skills to the home and school? This course answers those questions, provides practical strategies to implement with a variety of clients, and focuses on setting children up for success for meeting functional objectives while utilizing the premise of ABA. Participants learn how to problem solve common roadblocks in eating and then continue to build progress by following a hierarchy of steps to success. This course emphasizes the importance of keeping the fun in feeding while developing consistent positive behaviors at mealtimes so that everyone in the family can enjoy their time together around the family table! (Intermediate Level)

    Event Details

    Date(s):
    May 3, 2019 - May 4, 2019
    Location:
    Children’s Health Specialty Center Plano - Ambulatory Pavilion
    Speese Conference Center
    7601 Preston Rd., Plano, TX 75024
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  • Pediatric Swallowing & Feeding: The essentials

    Comprehensive 2-days covering assessment and treatment of swallowing/oral-motor/feeding from a problem-solving perspective. Neonates through school age. Current approaches, case studies. Videos to enhance learning. Essential skills for pediatric practice and problem-solving complex cases. Perfect for adult therapists moving in to pediatrics. Multiple learning levels for both highly experienced therapists and new grads! This will change your practice.

    Event Details

    Date(s):
    September 12, 2019 and September 13, 2019
    Location:
    Children’s Health Specialty Center Plano - Ambulatory Pavilion
    Speese Conference Center
    7601 Preston Rd., Plano, TX 75024
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  • Pediatric Videofluoroscopic Swallow Studies: From physiology to analysis

    Evolution of physiology from infancy forward. Extensive information for conducting and interpreting pediatric swallow studies and problem-solving at each juncture. Learn how to look beyond aspiration and appreciate the entire swallow pathway and its potential for compensations and maladaptations in relation to co-morbidities. Procedures in preparation for and during the study that are most common across the US. Recommendations and optional treatment modalities specific to pediatrics will be highlighted. A pediatric history and report format provided to enhance learning. Videos of normal swallowing and typical radiographic swallowing problems will be shown, case scenarios, and real-life examples discussed. Leave with a new appreciation for the essential current perspectives and the importance of problem-solving each infant/child and his unique presentation. Learn strategies to enhance MD understanding, buy-in and support from a clinician “in the trenches”. 

    Event Details

    Date(s):
    September 14, 2019
    Location:
    Children’s Health Specialty Center Plano - Ambulatory Pavilion
    Speese Conference Center
    7601 Preston Rd., Plano, TX 75024
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  • NICU Swallowing & Feeding

    Cutting-edge 2-days with an expert in the NICU. Essential evidence-based information for managing the complex swallowing and feeding needs of preterm and sick term infants in the NICU and in Early Intervention. Functional problem-solving approach to assessment and treatment, including a broad range of interventions and how-to problem-solve. Hear the latest research and how it applies. Case studies and videos of neonates feeding enhance learning. Gain confidence with babies you are seeing in EI and with supporting parents.

    Event Details

    Date(s):
    September 15, 2019 and September 16, 2019
    Location:
    Children’s Health Specialty Center Plano - Ambulatory Pavilion
    Speese Conference Center
    7601 Preston Rd., Plano, TX 75024
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  • Vision, Ocular-Motor and Movement Strategies for Integrated Learning

    This course will focus on clinical decision-making for the use of vision, oculomotor and movement strategies to enhance outcomes. Emphasis will be on frameworks used with special populations and analysis of assessment data. Movement-based therapeutic strategies and ocular-motor assessment will be incorporated through case study review for effective and evidence-based treatment planning. Video case analysis will allow attendees to sharpen observational and assessment skills and integrate course material for more complex clinical data-based decision making in order to L.E.A.R.N.

    Event Details

    Date(s):
    November 8, 2019 and November 9, 2019
    Location:
    Children’s Health Specialty Center at Cityville Southwestern Medical District
    Education Building
    2222 Medical District Dr., Dallas, TX 75235
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  • The NICU and Beyond

    This course will focus on preparing the infant and their family for transition home and for providing optimal developmental care post discharge. It is designed to provide medical, developmental and outcome data as well as intervention strategies to enable professionals working in the NICU to determine which babies will require services following discharge from the NICU, and to enhance the skills of the professional practicing within a home base and/or outpatient clinical setting treating the NICU graduate.

    Event Details

    Date(s):
    December 6,2019 and December 7, 2019
    Location:
    Children’s Health Specialty Center 1 Plano - Ambulatory Pavilion
    Speese Conference Center
    7601 Preston Rd., Plano, TX 75024
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