This dynamic evolving course will concentrate on progressive, effective evaluation and treatment schemes for infants and young children with a diagnosis of torticollis with or without plagiocephaly, including challenging cases. The course is designed to provide therapists with current research and recommendations pertaining to the implications of torticollis, sleep posture and increased use of positional devices on infant postural and motor development. Current evidence-based clinical pathways and guidelines for management of torticollis and infant head shape, including Clinical Practice Guidelines from APTA - Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy will be discussed and incorporated. Red flags for related early infancy and preschool diagnoses will be appraised. Current functional, clinically oriented evaluation and evidence based treatment strategies for infants and young children that can be integrated into routines and play will be provided. Diagnostic procedures and surgical intervention will be reviewed. Recommendations for follow-up and secondary specialist consultations will be presented. Emphasis on home exercise programs and effective strategies to team with parents will be explored throughout both days.
Upon completion of course, participants will be able to:
- Identify the incidence, etiology and pathophysiology of torticollis and discuss the importance of early identification and early referral through systematic screenings and evaluations by health care providers.
- Identify the impact of torticollis on movement and associated body structures and function.
- Problem solve current evidence based treatment regimes for torticollis.
- Identify the impact on head shape that may be present with a diagnosis of torticollis.
- Discuss guidelines, available research and problem solve solutions to manage including helmet criteria and treatment
- Discuss the relationship of the change in sleep posture, effects of increased positional devices, and environmental influences on postural development
- Relate current research and recommendations pertaining to SIDS and the efficacy of back to sleep
- Review diagnoses related to the health policy change
- Collaborate and cultivate parent/caregiver’s understanding of the child’s health condition, interventions, and compliance to home education/therapy program and follow-up recommendations.
- Establish individualized goals and incorporate family centered evidenced based treatment regimes as part of their home education/therapy program.
$465 fee. Deadline for registration is 3 weeks prior to course. Registration will be accepted after deadline on a space available basis.
Cancellation will be accepted until 2 weeks prior to course minus an administration fee of $75.
NO REFUNDS WITHIN 2 WEEKS OF COURSE
Schedule - Day One
|8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
|8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
||Etiology, Pathophysiology, Incidence
Health Policy Shift
Changing Symptomatology/Clinical Implications
Health Policy Shift-Impact on Development/Compensatory Postures
|10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
|10:45 a.m. - 12:30 a.m.
|12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
||Lunch (on your own)
|1:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
|3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
|3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Schedule - Day Two
|7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
|8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
|10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
|10:15 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Manual Stretching/Functional Range
of Motion (Lab)
|12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
||Lunch (on your own)
|1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Problem Solving Participant Cases
Taping (Lab)/Tot Collar
|3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
|3:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Clinical Decision Making/Follow-up
Related Infant Trends
Cindy Miles, PT, PhD. PCS, CNDT
established her pediatric private practice in 1981 after serving the pediatric population since 1977. Dr. Miles is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, School of Health Related Professionals, East Stroudsburg University with a Master of Education in exercise physiology and Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions with a PhD in Pediatric Science. Her doctoral research was potential risk factors related to the diagnosis of torticollis. She is Board Certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties as a Pediatric Clinical Specialist, specializing in treating children; birth thru young adults. Cindy completed the eight week Pediatric NeuroDevelopmental training course and the Advanced Infant course. Presently, she serves as Co- Chair and Meeting Planner of the Academy of Pediatrics Physical Therapy Annual Conference (APPTAC). She served as SOP Treasurer 2008 through 2013 and Treasurer elect 2007-2008. Dr. Miles presents nationally on pediatric private practice and reimbursement as well as nationally and internationally on Torticollis and Plagiocephaly, and Fitness for All Abilities. She has published in peer review journals and books on topics related to pediatric physical therapy www.cindymiles.com or www.traintotriumph.com
Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists and Assistants; Nurses, including NICU, Nurse Practitioners, Orthotists, Physician Assistants and Physicians.
"This was one of the best continuing education classes I have ever attended. Cindy is a great teacher and did such a great job covering all aspects of Evaluation and Treatment of Torticollis, providing a lot of case studies and examples. I would highly recommend this course to all pediatric therapists."
- I Swann, PT
"Great presentation! Cindy's method of teaching was phenominal - she gave numerous examples, materials and peer-reviewed articles. Very informative. I would definitely recommend her to my colleagues."
- T Bihasa, PT