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Rehabilitation Continuing Education


If You Can't Breathe, You Can't Function

Integrating Cardiopulmonary and Postural Control Strategies In the Pediatric Population

Instructor: Mary Massery, PT, DPT, DSc and faculty
April 20 through 22, 2018
20.5 Contact Hours

Day 1
1215 21st Ave. S.
Medical Center East
South Tower Conference Room 8380 A/B (8th Floor)
Nashville, TN 37232

Day 2 and 3
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
First Tennessee Conference Room and Theatre
2200 Children's Way, Nashville, TN 37232

This course will challenge the practitioner to make a paradigm shift: connecting breathing mechanics and postural control with management of trunk pressures. Through her model of postural control (Soda Pop Can Model), the speaker will link breathing mechanics with motor and physiologic behaviors (a multi-system perspective). She will present novel research demonstrating the role of vocal folds as postural stabilizers, extending the concept of “core stability” from the vocal folds on the top of the trunk to the pelvic floor on the bottom.

Numerous interventions will be presented that use positioning and ventilatory strategies to optimize motor performance. Neuromotor breathing retraining techniques and manual assistive cough techniques will be the focus of treatment labs. Multiple patient cases will be presented throughout the course. The emphasis of the course will be on developing practical, quick clinical solutions for pediatric patients in all practice settings.

Registration: This course is open to Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants, and Speech Language Pathologists.

Please register early. Space is limited!

Registration Fee: $600.00 (Early Bird Registration Fee $575 on or before 3/20/18)

Apply a $20 group discount off each registration for groups of two or more registrants from the same facility.

Download the complete course packet and registration form (PDF)

The Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center is approved by the Continuing Education Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to provide continuing education activities in speech-language pathology and audiology. See course information for number of CEUs, instructional level, and content area. ASHA CE Provider approval does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures.

ASHA Continuing Education Approved Provider

AOTA Approved Provider Program

OT classification codes

  • Content category: Domain of OT
  • Content topic: Client Factors and Performance Patterns

Tennessee Physical Therapy Association

  • Approval number: 2017-346 for 2.05 CEUs
  • Class 1 Continuing Competency Requirement

Last Edited: January 16, 2018
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