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Contact Hours : 20.5 | CEUs : 2.5

If You Can't Breathe, You Can't Function - Introductory Course plus TWO days of Intensive LAB (Oct 23 - 25, 2020)

Oct 23 - 25, 2020   |   Livingston, New Jersey  United States of America
Organized by : Education Resources, Inc. (ERI)
Specialties : Respiratory Therapy
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If You Can't Breathe, You Can't Function - Introductory Course plus TWO days of Intensive LAB is organized by Education Resources, Inc. (ERI) and will be held from Oct 23 - 25, 2020 at Horizon High School, Livingston, New Jersey, United States of America.

• This course meets the criteria for 20.5 contact hours.
• Approved provider of continuing education by the American Occupational Therapy Association #3043, for 20.5 contact hours - Intermediate Level Occupational Therapy Process: assessment, intervention. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products or clinical procedures by AOTA
• NBCOT professional development provider- 20.5 PDUs
• This course is offered for up to 2.05 ASHA CEUs for (Intermediate level, Professional area).

This introductory course has revolutionized the way therapists treat patients by assessing the body’s core, from vocal cords to the pelvic floor. Assessment of breathing patterns and maladaptive core stabilization strategies will guide treatment. Participates will leave this course learning numerous interventions to improve functional outcomes in patients.

Day one attendance is required to be able to participate in Days 2-3.
Limited Enrollment
This 3 day course, developed by Mary Massery, will challenge the practitioner to make a paradigm shift: connecting breathing mechanics and postural control with management of trunk pressures. Through Mary Massery’s model of postural control (Soda Pop Can Model), the speaker (a certified faculty member of Mary Massery Physical Therapy), 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 and adult patients in all practice settings.

Course Objectives:
At the conclusion of Day 1, participants should be able to:

• Describe how trunk pressures link breathing and postural control using the Soda Pop Can Model. 
• Describe the multiple, simultaneous roles of the diaphragm as related to breathing, postural control, gastroesophageal reflux, constipation, and venous return.
• Demonstrate the role of the vocal folds in normal postural stability responses (balance) and make the case for using speaking valves for patients with tracheostomies.
• Contrast normal infant chest wall development to those with impaired breathing mechanics.
• Position patients for optimal physiological and biomechanical support of breathing with simple equipment (towels, pillows, etc.).
• Use a ventilatory strategy algorithm presented in class to optimally match breathing with movements from bed mobility to athletic endeavors.

At the conclusion of Days 2- 3, participants should be able to:
• Perform a multi-system (physical and physiologic) evaluation of motor impairments.
• Identify the variations of “normal” breathing patterns and discuss the efficiencies/inefficiencies for individual patient conditions.
• Evaluate need for, and demonstrate, appropriate neuromotor retraining techniques for patients with ineffective breathing/postural control strategies (health or participation deficits).
• Participate in a live patient demonstration (if a patient is available) and suggest possible evaluation and treatment ideas based on the course material.
• Design a targeted airway clearance program using the principles of mobilization, expectoration and oral management.
• Demonstrate airway clearance techniques, with a heavy emphasis on manual assistive cough techniques, and apply an airway clearance algorithm to specific patients.
• Identify thoracic cage/spine restrictions as they pertain to breathing mechanics and postural control (a very brief introduction musculoskeletal issues).
• Evaluate need for, and demonstrate, neuromotor retraining techniques to improve breath support for voicing.
• Suggest means for incorporating the course material into therapy activities in your clinical setting immediately

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Horizon High School
71-77 Okner Parkway
Livingston, New Jersey, United States of America

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