Torticollis & Plagiocephyaly: Assessment & Treatment of Infants & Children Evidence & The "Rest of the Story"

Los Angeles, California
Saturday, March 10, 2018

Torticollis & Plagiocephyaly: Assessment & Treatment of Infants & Children Evidence & The "Rest of the Story"
Saturday, March 10, 2018 8:00 AM -
Sunday, March 11, 2018 5:00 PM (Pacific Time)

USC Health Sciences Campus
1540 Alcazar Street
Los Angeles, California 90033
United States

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Course Description:

This dynamic evolving course will concentrate on progressive, effective evaluation and treatment schemes patients with a diagnosis of Toticollis including challenging cases of older children. 
The course is designed to provide therapists with current research and recommendations pertaining to the implications of torticollis, sleep posture and increased use of positional devices on infant postural and motor development. Current evidence-based clinical pathways and guidelines for management of torticollis, movement impairments and infant head shape, including Clinical Practice Guidelines from APTA - Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy, will be discussed and incorporated. Red flags for related early infancy and preschool diagnoses will be appraised. Current functional, clinically oriented evaluation and evidence based treatment strategies for infants and young children that can be integrated into routines and play will be provided. Diagnostic procedures and surgical intervention will be reviewed. Recommendations for follow-up and secondary specialist consultations will be presented. Emphasis on home exercise programs, effective strategies, and long term follow-up to team with parents will be explored throughout both days.

Learning opportunities for therapists and medical professionals involved in pediatrics will transpire through lecture, case reports, group problem solving, video review, patient demonstration and lab practicum. The extensive use of pictures and videos throughout the 2 days of intensive course materials will allow participates to problem solve and identify movement and tissue impairments related to the diagnosis of torticollis, providing functional ways to evaluate and treat.


Learning Objectives:

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

  • Identify the incidence, etiology and pathophysiology of torticollis and discuss the importance of    early identification and early referral through systematic screenings and evaluations by health    care providers
  • Identify the impact of torticollis on movement and associated body structures and function.
  • Problem solve current evidenced based treatment regimes for torticollis
  • Identify the impact on head shape that may be present with a diagnosis of torticollis
  • Discuss guidelines, available research and problem solve solutions to manage including  helmet criteria and treatment
  • Discuss the relationship of “the change in sleep posture,” effects of increased positional devices, and environmental influences on postural development
  • Relate current research and recommendations pertaining to SIDS and the efficacy of back to sleep (a.) Review diagnoses related to the health policy change
  • Collaborate and cultivate parent/caregiver’s understanding of the child’s health condition, interventions, and compliance to home education/therapy program. And follow-up recommendations
  • Establish individualized goals and incorporate family centered evidenced based treatment regimes as part of their home education/therapy program

Registration Fees:
Individual Registration: $450
USC Alumni/Clinical Instructor: $385
USC Resident Registration: $125
USC Student Registration: $60

1.6 CEU's

SUGGESTED AUDIENCE: Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapists; Nurses, including NICU, Nurse Practitioners, Orthotists, Physician Assistants, and Physicians


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