The Balancing Act

Juggling a challenging caseload of vestibular and balance patients? This 2-day interactive introductory course for PT/PTA’s, OT/COTA’s and ATCs will walk you across the tight-rope of assessment, treatment plans, exercise programs, documentation, billing and successful program development for patients needing intervention with various balance challenges. Through hands-on experiences, this energetic Master of Ceremonies will take you through the most common cause and effects of vertigo, the sensory systems used for balance and their impact on the geriatric population. You will compare the different assessment methods used for functional balance and learn which methods are best for specific patient needs. Come one, come all…“The Balancing Act” will build your clinical skill dedicated to your patients and will map out ideas on how to create, build and market a dynamic balance program for your facility.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

Course Instructor(s)

Noi Mavredes

Noi is a Senior Therapist at Siskin Rehabilitation Hospital in Chattanooga, TN. where she was instrumental in the development of the Balance Program and Fall Prevention Program at Siskin. Noi is NDT trained and has a degree in Biology and Physical Therapy. She has 15 years of experience specializing in General Rehab and Balance. Noi has been featured in the Healthscope Magazine and a contributor to the Health Section of the Chattanooga Times Free Press. She has used her training to educate case managers and speaks for various conferences. Noi’s passion and dedication to helping balance patients is evident in her energetic and interactive teaching.

Course Agenda

Day 1

07:30 - 08:00
08:00 - 09:00
Research on Fall Factors
09:00 - 09:30
Disablement Models
09:30 - 10:15
Anatomy of Balance
10:15 - 10:30
10:30 - 11:30
Sensory Organization
11:30 - 12:00
Strategies in Balance / Dynamic Balance Cycle
12:00 - 12:30
Manual Balance Testing - Lecture
12:30 - 01:30
01:30 - 02:45
Manual Balance Testing – Lab
02:45 - 03:00
03:00 - 03:30
Technology for Differential Testing
03:30 - 04:30
Balance Exercises and Txt – Lecture and Lab
04:30 - 05:00
Documentation and Billing

Day 2

07:30 - 08:00
08:00 - 08:45
The Vestibular System
08:45 - 09:45
Testing and Treatment for BPPV
09:45 - 10:30
Exercises for substitution and adaptation – Lab
10:30 - 10:45
10:45 - 11:15
CRT & Brandt-Daroff Exercises – Lab
11:15 - 12:30
Case Studies
12:30 - 01:30
01:30 - 02:00
Testing BPPV and CRT – Lab
02:00 - 02:30
Building a Successful Balance and Fall Prevention Program
02:30 - 03:00
Evidence-based practice
03:00 - 03:45
Questions and Answers

Contact hours pre-approved for:

  • This course meets PDU Requirements for NBCOT
  • CIAO is an AOTA Approved Provider #4119 (OT/COTAs)
  • CIAO is an IACET Approved CE Provider
  • 14.0 hrs PT/PTAs in KY (#103-IPKPTA-08)

The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

CIAO is recognized on the NBCOT Provider Registry (meets PDU requirements for NBCOT)

CIAO is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). CIAO complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices. As a result of this accreditation, CIAO is accredited to issue the IACET CEU.