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    The Lowdown on Lowtone and Impact on Environment: Birth-3

    Intervention ideas for promoting play and function for young children

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    Appropriate Disciplines

    • Physical Therapist
    • Certified Occupational Therapy Asst
    • Occupational Therapist
    • Physical Therapy Asst
    • Speech Language Pathologist
    • Speech Language Pathology Asst

Course Description

(*Houston, TX attendees please scroll down for more information)


  1. Attend as part of the LIVE STUDIO AUDIENCE in Gulf Breeze, Florida - Studio audience seats are limited - so register today!
  2. Attend via LIVE STREAM from anywhere around the world. Live stream participants will login to access the event from their computer.


  • This live event is streamed in real time. 
  • Course agenda is in Central time, please adjust for your time zone
  • Registrants who attend the live broadcast will be able to interact with instructor.
  • All registrants will have access to the broadcast recording for 14 days.
  • A group may view the course together, however each attendee must be individually registered in order to receive CE credit.


  • SLPs - this course is registered with ASHA as Blended Learning. ASHA CEUs may be earned by attending live, viewing the recording, or a combination of both.
  • OT/PTs - Participants who need live hours for state license renewal must attend in real time yet, will still have access to the recording for 14 days.


  • Attend/view entire course
  • Pass multiple choice quiz (80% min score)
  • Complete online course evaluation

This introductory level course will utilize lecture, video and hands-on lab sessions to teach participants in this course therapeutic techniques and interventions to help the young child (birth to 3 years) with hypotonia, regardless of the cause, through the developmental stages from supine to standing. This course will be based on NDT and SI principles to facilitate functional skills including gross motor, fine motor and postural control. By considering the internal and external factors which can impact arousal, posture and functional skills, participants will help young children achieve their highest functional level. Although this course will focus on gross motor development for PT's, OT's and SLP's will learn the importance of postural control and strength for respiration, body awareness and fine motor skills. Additionally, the inclusion of sensory information will benefit all disciplines (including ITDS's and teachers) toward the goal of maximizing a child's learning and function.

Appropriate Disciplines: OT/COTA, PT/PTA, SLP/SLPA
Course Level: Introductory
Assessment Methods: Q&A and Self-Assessment on Evaluation Form

**Please note the course September 16, 2023 in Houston, TX is LIVE, IN-PERSON course (NOT LIVESTREAM).**

Course Event Address:
Texas Children’s Hospital Feigin Center 1102 Bates Avenue Houston, TX 77030

Mandatory Mask Policy

Course Objectives

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

  • Define and explain primary and secondary impairments related to low muscle tone and its implication on development for young children
  • Define different types of muscle contractions and the significance of each in young children with hypotonia
  • Understand the importance of the “preparation” phase prior to handling
  • Provide environmental adaptations to ensure the success of the young child during functional activities
  • Demonstrate handling techniques to promote postural control and transitional movements

Kristin Ibach Owen


Kris Owen, PT is a graduate from UNC-CH with a BA in Psychology and a graduate of Emory University with a MS in Physical Therapy. Although Kris started in therapy as a sports medicine patient while playing on the UNC volleyball team, she has worked exclusively with pediatrics since her graduation from Emory. Kris has worked in out-patient settings throughout her career and has started her own company, Intentional Play, Inc., in 2017. Kris completed her 8-week NDT training with Judith Beirman, PT and has attended the level one SI mentorship at The STAR center with Lucy Jane Miller, OTR. As the lead therapist on The Down Syndrome Clinic at Hope Haven Children’s clinic in Jacksonville, Fl. Kris has had 17 years of assessment and treatment of children with Down syndrome. Also a TLP provider with Advanced Brain Technologies, Kris is also trained in kinesiotaping and Electrotherapeutic Point Stimulation. Kris is blessed to have a profession which fits her personality while helping children and families enjoy the lives they have been given.
Financial Disclosure: Kristin receives an. honorarium for speaking/teaching live courses through CIAO Seminars. She also owns her own company Intentional Play,
Non-financial Disclosure: No relevant non-financial relationship exists.

Day 1

08:00 - 09:30
Basic review of hypotonia; primary and secondary impairments; common diagnoses; types of muscle contractions; overview of NDT and SI approaches
09:30 - 09:45
09:45 - 11:30
Treatment principles and preparation objectives for young children with hypotonia
11:30 - 12:30
12:30 - 02:30
Treatment techniques through developmental stages from supine/prone to sitting/LAB
02:30 - 02:45
02:45 - 04:00
Treatment techniques from quadruped thru walking/LAB
04:00 - 04:30
My favorite things and Q&A

Delivery VIA:

  • Live By Request - This course is available to come to you! Contact us to see how easy that can be. mail@ciaoseminars.com
  • Live Stream - This course is offered from our Live Stream studio. Watch and interact with the instructor from wherever you are or join us as part of the studio audience in sunny Gulf Breeze, FL. Included with each Live Stream registration is access to the course recording for the 14 days immediately following the broadcast.

Contact hours pre-approved for:

  • 7.0 hours
  • CIAO is an ASHA Approved Provider #AAWA (0.7 ASHA CEUs) Bubblesheet required
  • ASHA CE Provider Approval and use of the Brand Block does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures.
  • CIAO is an AOTA Approved Provider #4119 (OT/COTAs)
  • This course meets PDU requirements for NBCOT (7 PDUs)
  • CIAO is recognized as an Approved Provider for PT/PTAs by the NYSE Dept State Board for PT
  • CIAO is an Illinois Approved Provider for PT/PTA Continuing Education
  • This activity is provided by the TBPTE Accredited Prov. #2502009#TX
  • This activity meets the continuing competence requirements for PT/PTA license renewal in TX
  • The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE
  • The Physical Therapy Board of California recognizes CIAO Seminars as an Approval Agency to Approve Providers Offering Continuing Competency Courses
  • The Physical Therapy Board of California has determined that CIAO meets the standards set forth in section 1399.95 of the CA Code of Regulations
  • CIAO is an Approved Provider for the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy
  • CIAO is a PT Approved Provider #BAP202310092 for the Oklahoma Medical Board. All PT courses for the 2022-2023 reporting period are approved.
  • Pre-Approved for:
  • 7.0 Hrs PT/PTAs in AR, CA (CIAO21-29), IL, TX (APTA-TX #2502009TX for 7 CCUs)
  • 8.4 Hrs PT/PTAs in NY
  • 8 Hrs. OT/COTAs in FL (CE Broker #20-872652)

Contact hours applied for:

  • PT/PTA's in AR

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)

Introductory Level

CIAO Automatically reports to CE Broker for Florida Occupational and Physical Therapists and Assistants. Florida SLPs can either use the ASHA CE Participant Form (Bubble Sheet) or self-submit through CE Broker.


Great presenter! Loved her style and practical ideas etc. Very easy to follow her presentation info! Thanks Kristin and Ciao!!!

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Jul 2021

thank you for answering my questions as they related to not just my clients but my own daughter, Jackie.

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Jul 2021

This instructor was wonderful and interesting to learn from. I really enjoyed this class

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Jul 2021