Astronaut Training Occupational Therapy

February 8, 2017
The Astronaut Training

Vestibular enhancement has always been central to sensory integration practice. However, the importance of administering precise vestibular input that is integrated with specific sound and vision input is only beginning to be acknowledged. This workshop will expand the therapist’s skills via enhanced understanding of the developmental and neurological processes of the Vestibular-Auditory-Visual Triad. Understanding how these three systems work together with the body’s senses creates a foundation for achieving competency in applying specific intervention strategies, including Astronaut Training: A Sound Activated Vestibular-Visual Protocol.

Astronaut Training provides precise input to all five vestibular receptors, along with auditory and visual input to create a comprehensive treatment protocol that integrates these three sensory systems. Core activities provide opportunities for an adaptive response to sensory input, which completes the sensorimotor neurological circuits underlying all function. Guidelines are provided for safe, effective use of this protocol with clients of all ages and diagnoses.

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Course Objectives

In this workshop, you will develop an understanding of:
• The connections between the vestibular, auditory and visual systems.

• The reciprocal interaction between the Vestibular-Auditory-Visual Triad and the core postural muscles.

• The importance of providing precise input to each of the five vestibular receptors.

• Powerful new tools to expand your clinical skills, including specific activities to develop and enhance core function.

• How to safely and effectively administer Astronaut Training: A Sound Activated Vestibular-Visual Protocol.


Day 1:
8:30 Integrated overview of the vestibulo-cochlear, vestibulo-visual, and vestibulo-proprioceptive receptors, pathways and functions
10:15 Clinical observations and assessments
12:00 Lunch (on your own)
1:00 Moving, looking, and listening
2:45 Postural-ocular-aural observation and assessment lab
4:30 End

Day 2:
8:30 Guidelines and demonstration of the Sound Activated Vestibular-Visual Protocol
10:15 Rotary vestibular activation lab11:30 Lunch (on your own)
12:30 Goal-directed linear vestibular activation in all planes
12:00 Lunch (on your own)
1:30 Assessment tools
2:15 Treatment planning
4:00 End

Continuing Education Units
AOTA: Vital Links is approved by The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) as a provider of continuing education. This two-day workshop provides 12 contact hours or 1.2 AOTA CEUs.ASHA: Vital Links is approved by the Continuing Education Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to provide continuing education activities in speech-language pathology and audiology. This program is offered for 1.2 CEUs introductory level, professional area. ASHA Continuing Education Provider approval does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures.

This workshop will be taught by Sheila Frick, OTR, and Mary Kawar, MS, OTR, who collectively have over 60 years of clinical experience in the practice of sensory integrative processing and motor control. Their creative collaboration began 15 years ago with the discovery of a mutual passion for the vestibular system and its profound impact on functional performance. Mary and Sheila are the authors of Astronaut Training: A Sound Activated Vestibular-Visual Protocol, the second book in the Handbooks for Innovative Practice series. Mary was particularly interested in looking at the vestibular system in relation to vision while Sheila was compelled to expand awareness of the vestibular-auditory continuum. Many fruitful dialogues emerged, culminating in a deep appreciation of how each of these three systems (vestibular, auditory, and visual) simultaneously provide unique, complementary information for the body to respond adaptively to an ever changing environment. On the heels of this shared passion came a deep concern for the many individuals who lack development of a powerful central core, an essential foundation for the full expression of one’s self physically, emotionally, socially, academically, and spiritually. A taste of Sheila and Mary’s collaborative explorations are set forth in the Handbooks for Innovative Practice series, including Core Concepts In Action and Astronaut Training, which invite engagement in activities enhanced by music to support children in igniting their power for engagement and expression of their full potential.

Sensory kiddo, OT, astronaut training
Sensory kiddo, OT, astronaut training
Occupational Therapy Astronaut Training Program
Occupational Therapy Astronaut Training Program
Astronaut Therapy
Astronaut Therapy
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