Pediatric Advanced Therapy is proud to offer continuing education courses to support our employees as well as outside providers looking for continuing ed opportunities. Education and evidence-based practice are crucial to our mission at PAT and we are privileged to host world-class clinician instructors at our clinics.
We are currently planning courses for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022. Please check this page periodically for updates.
If You Can't Breathe, You Can't Function: Integrating Cardiopulmonary and Postural Control Strategies in the Pediatric and Adult Populations
This course, developed by Mary Massery, will challenge the practitioner to make a paradigm shift: connecting breathing mechanics and postural control with management of trunk pressures. Using Dr. Massery’s model of postural control (Soda Pop Can Model), the speaker will link breathing mechanics with motor and physiologic behaviors (a multi-system perspective). The speaker will present novel research demonstrating the role of vocal folds as postural stabilizers, extending the concept of “core stability” from the vocal folds on the top of the trunk to the pelvic floor on the bottom. Numerous interventions will be presented that use positioning and ventilatory strategies to optimize motor performance. Neuromotor breathing retraining techniques and manual assistive cough techniques will be the focus of treatment labs. Multiple patient cases will be presented throughout the course. The emphasis of the course will be on developing practical, quick clinical solutions for pediatric and adult patients in all practice settings.