The special needs client often presents a unique set of challenges for therapists. The coexistence of multiple disabilities, including impaired mobility, sensory dysfunction, limited range of motion, and compromised coordination, strength and tone, calls for a paradigm shift in assessment and treatment. It is important for therapists to utilize a multilateral approach to evaluation and treatment, thinking beyond traditional protocol and integrating the most effective techniques from different models in order to help individuals with disabilities achieve the greatest functional outcomes -- physically, emotionally and socially. Participants in this seminar will acquire practical strategies for assessment and treatment of clients with special needs, from both the neurological and sensory perspectives, to form a systems model approach. You will examine therapeutic techniques to improve tone, balance, coordination, strength, range of motion, focus and communication, and you will learn multilateral observation methods to help write appropriate goals for a better overall evaluation and assessment. Home and classroom exercise programs will be outlined to help foster continued progress. These skills can be used immediately to help the client with special needs experience greater function, independence and improved self-esteem that will allow them to succeed in a variety of environments.
Upon completion of this course the participant will be able to:
Use puzzled numbers to link speech therapy to motor activities
Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants, Speech-Language Pathologists, and related healthcare professionals.
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