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    Nervous System Regulation: A Whole Body Approach to Interventions for the Developing Brain

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    Appropriate Disciplines


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

Course Description

TWO WAYS TO ATTEND:

  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.

NOTE:

  • 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.

CEUs:

  • 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.

COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS:

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

Despite the advances in technology, the developing fetal brain is placed in a “mismatched” NICU environment during a critical period of maturation. Research indicates that children who experience trauma early in life are at higher risk for retained primitive reflexes, nervous system dysregulation, difficulties with sensory processing and feeding delays. New evidence shows the importance of supporting the autonomic nervous system through a “whole body” treatment approach. Therapeutic interventions such as “Body Work” offers a new perspective on evaluation and treatment across all settings. This course will cover prenatal, perinatal and postnatal care. It also discusses factors that influence the function of neonates throughout the trajectory of their development including maternal/infant health, whole body regulation, and parent-child relationships. The approach taught in this course provides OT/PT/SLPs successful techniques for nervous system regulation, reflex integration, functional feeding and overall motor development. Considering the short term and long-term effects of trauma, the instructor will provide strategies for educating parents/caregivers on strategies to mitigate their infant/child’s physiological and physical stress.

Course Objectives

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

  • Identify theoretical frameworks that drive developmental care and understand the evolution of standard of care in NICU
  • Recognize fetal and developmental maturation
  • Understand neurobehavioral organization how it relates to nervous system dysregulation and the impact on infant growth and development
  • Examine the effects of major medical comorbidities as well as the effects of the birth experience on infant/pediatric development
  • Discuss interventions to support family centered care in the NICU
  • Identify common Diagnoses and Comorbidities (reason for referral) in outpatient pediatric treatment
  • Articulate the impact of prematurity on sensory processing and regulation of a child
  • Examine trauma informed, body work interventions to support infant development and the mental health of infant and caregiver
  • Determine appropriate interventions to support infant feeding skills

Kristen Pfeil

OTD, OTD/L

Kristen has been practicing as a pediatric occupational therapist for the last 22 years. She received her clinical doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Creighton University in 2002. She has worked in several different settings including inpatient hospital, outpatient clinic, school systems and NICU. She owns a pediatric clinic, Connect Pediatric Therapy, in Lincoln, NE that specializes in working with children with feeding delays. She enjoys mentoring other therapists and has lectured on various topics related to sensory processing, self regulation, primitive reflex integration and feeding. She is a Certified Primitive Reflex Clinical Specialist and is in the process of acquiring certification as a Functional Vision Rehabilitation Specialist. In her spare time she enjoys exploring outdoors and traveling with her husband, three children and black Labrador
Financial Disclosure: Kristen receives honoraria from CIAO for the presentation of her live courses and royalties for the sale of her online courses.
Non-Financial Disclosure: There are no non-financial relationships to disclose.


Mary Vanesco

MOT, OTR-L, CIMI

Mary Vanesko MTO, OTR/L, CIMI, CPY, REIKI-2 obtained her Bachelor's of the Arts in Psychology from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania. She completed her Master's degree in the field of Occupational Therapy from Temple University in Philadelphia. Mary has since been certified as an infant massage instructor, pediatric and adult yoga instructor and is Reiki certified. She is currently obtaining her certification in Pre and Perinatal psychology education. Mary has been a licensed practitioner for over 17 years and has worked in various facilities and settings across the country, providing care to families and infants all the way through the end of life. Mary has extensive clinical training and experience as a NICU therapist and has practiced in several neonatal intensive care units, including level II, III, and IV NICUs over the last decade. Mary has served as the NICU expert subject matter to hospitals nation wide with an emphasis on program development and developmental, family center education. Mary continues to provide independent consultative private practices, Mary also provides course content development through evidence-based research and course instruction for International companies such as Philips Health Care solutions, International Loving Touch foundation as well as Summit Education Resources.
Mary is founder and operator of WELL-Nurtured Development, LLC, a Family Centered Wellness and OT Practice that offers comprehensive wellness and Occupational and Physical therapy services to families and children of all ages. Mary offers interdisciplinary one-on-one mentorship services for therapists/colleagues who are looking for professional development in the areas of infant and pediatric practice. Mary serves as board member of Autism Awareness NEPA. Financial Disclosure: Mary receives honoraria from CIAO for the presentation of her live courses and royalties for the sale of her online courses.
Non-Financial Disclosure: There are no non-financial relationships to disclose.

Day 1

08:00 - 08:30
Introduction, theoretical frameworks that drive developmental care, evolution of standard of care in NICU
08:30 - 09:00
Fetal and developmental maturation (Video)
09:00 - 10:15
Neurobehavioral organization, how it relates to nervous system dysregulation, impact on infant growth and development
10:15 - 10:30
Break
10:30 - 10:45
Application Case Study
10:45 - 12:00
Effects of major medical comorbidities, effects of the birth experience on infant/pediatric development
12:00 - 12:30
Lunch
12:30 - 01:00
Case Study (mock chart review/role play)
01:00 - 01:30
Interventions to support family centered care in the NICU
01:30 - 01:45
Break
01:45 - 03:00
Interventions to support family centered care in the NICU (Cont.), Q&A

Day 2

08:00 - 08:30
Common Diagnoses and Comorbidities (reason for referral) in outpatient pediatric treatment
08:30 - 10:00
Impact of prematurity on sensory processing and regulation of a child
10:00 - 10:15
Break
10:15 - 11:00
Trauma informed, body work interventions, mental health of infant and caregiver
11:00 - 11:45
Appropriate interventions to support infant feeding skills
11:45 - 12:15
Hands on lab
12:15 - 12:45
Lunch
12:45 - 02:00
Introduction to primitive reflexes role in growth and development of the infant brain
02:00 - 02:15
Break
02:15 - 02:30
Hands on Lab
02:30 - 03:00
Case study, Q&A

Delivery VIA:

  • 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:

  • 12 Hours
  • CIAO is an ASHA Approved Provider #AAWA (1.2 ASHA CEUs) bubble sheet submission required
  • ASHA CE Provider Approval and use of the Brand Block does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures.
  • As an IACET Accredited Provider, CIAO offers CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard
  • This course meets PDU requirements for NBCOT (12 PDUs)
  • CIAO is an Illinois Approved Provider for PT/PTA Continuing Education
  • CIAO is recognized as an Approved Provider for PT/PTAs by the NYSE Dept State Board for PT
  • This activity is provided by the Texas Board of PT Examiners Accredited Prov #2502009#TX
  • This activity meets 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 a Rule Approved Provider for the Florida Board of Physical Therapy
  • CIAO is an Approved Provider for the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy
  • Approved for:
  • 12 Hrs. PT/PTAs in IL, TX (APTA TX #2502009 for 12 CCUs)
  • 14 Hrs. OT/COTAs, PT/PTAs in FL (CE Broker #20-1180322)
  • 14.4 Hrs. PT/PTAs in NY
  • 12 Hrs. Registered with CEBroker for OT/COTAs in AL, AZ, GA, LA, MS, SC, TN
  • 12 Hrs. Registered with CEBroker for PT/PTAs in AZ, GA, OK, SC, TN

Course meets requirements for:

  • PT/PTAs in AL, AK, AZ, AR, CO, CT, DC, DE, GA, HI, ID, IN, IA, KS, KY, ME, MD, MA, MI, MO, MT,
  • PT/PTAs in NE, NH, NC, ND, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY
  • OT/COTAs in AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, LA, KS, KY, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT,
  • OT/COTAs in NE, NV, NH, NJ, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY


  • Intermediate Level
    1.2 ASHA CEUs



    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.



    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.



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


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