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Digital Seminar

Primitive Reflex Integration through Neuroplasticity


Faculty:
Karen Pryor, PhD, PT, DPT, ND, CH, CFPS
Duration:
6 Hours 04 Minutes
Copyright:
May 17, 2019
Product Code:
POS063655
Media Type:
Digital Seminar
Access:
Never expires.


Description

In this interactive recording, improve treatment for your clients by discovering the link between primitive reflexes and development. Learn to evaluate the influence of primitive reflexes with central nervous system developmental stages, as it relates to function.

Practice simple techniques to immediately add to your treatment sessions, leading to increased developmental success:

  • Behavioral Challenges
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Neurological Deficits
  • Sensory Processing Problems
  • Autism
  • ADHD

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Faculty

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Karen Pryor, PhD, PT, DPT, ND, CH, CFPS, has a doctorate in physical therapy and has practiced for 40 years in the field. Dr. Pryor is the owner of Health Sphere Wellness Center, an integrative therapy clinic in Nashville, Tennessee. Involved with early intervention in the birth-three population for over 30 years, she has developed neuroplasticity techniques that are used in a wide variety of settings, including homes, childcare center, and school systems, to advance pediatric therapy programs. Dr. Pryor serves on several boards, including the Leadership Interagency Council for Early Intervention, (2014-2019), a position to which she was appointed by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam. In 2010, she received the President's Volunteer Service Award for her contributions to the advanced treatment of children from President Barack Obama. In addition to her work with children, Dr. Pryor has served as an adjunct professor at the Tennessee State University Occupational Therapy Assistant program. She is a clinical instructor for several universities and colleges. With her years of experience and passion for complete wellness, Dr. Pryor advances a more expansive view of how to integrate therapy throughout the lifespan by using neuroplasticity techniques.

 

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Karen Pryor has employment relationships with the Tennessee State University, the Volunteer State Community College, the Daymar Physical Therapy Assistant School, and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She is the owner of Health Sphere Wellness Center, LLC and is a field examiner for PDMS-3. Dr. Pryor receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Karen Pryor is on the advisory board for the Maoris Foundation and is the president of the Caring Health Foundation.


Additional Info

Program Information

Access for Self-Study (Non-Interactive)

Access never expires for this product.


Objectives

  1. Identify primitive reflexes and how they contribute to development.
  2. Articulate testing and influence of the retention of primitive reflexes.
  3. Demonstrate the integration exercise, including modifications, for each reflex.
  4. Identify the behavioral and physical symptoms associated with each reflex.
  5. Examine why the reflexes may still be present.
  6. Discuss what reflex integration can accomplish.

Outline

PRIMITIVE REFLEX OVERVIEW

  • Brain development
  • Brain stem
  • Mid brain
  • Cerebellum Cortex
    • Occipital Lobe
    • Temporal Lobe
    • Parietal Lobe
    • Frontal Lobe
  • Evaluation and demonstration of Primitive reflexes
  • How retained reflexes act on developmental milestones
  • Reasons for primitive reflex retention or re-emergence
  • How primitive reflexes interfere with higher level skills – Reading, writing, sensory processing

PRIMITIVE REFLEXES COVERED IN DETAIL

  • Palmar Grasp
  • Plantar Grasp
  • Symmetrical Tonic Neck
  • Asymmetrical Tonic Neck
  • Tonic Labyrinthine Reflex
  • Moro Reflex
  • Extension synergy
  • Flexion synergy

Hands-On Activities

  • Disarming the strength of primitive reflexes
    • Palmar grasp
    • Plantar grasp
    • Asymmetrical Tonic Neck
    • Symmetrical Tonic Neck
    • Moro Reflex

Case Studies

  • 17 year-old anoxic male integration of brain stem functions, cranial nerves, midbrain to regain cortical functions without over riding primitive reflex patterns
  • 8 month-old with stroke at birth, cortical vision impairment, involvement of bilateral hemispheres and symmetrical tonic neck reflex. Integration of reflexes, gained vision abilities.
  • 1 year-old hemisphere stroke. Asymmetrical Tonic Reflex integrated and able to walk and run.
  • Genetic non-myelination and smooth brain 9 month-old female with tone abnormalities, Tonic Labyrinthine Reflex. Integration and neuroplasticity therapy techniques resulted in ability to walk with rolling walker, count to 20 English, 10 in Spanish, name the months of the year and days of the week.

Target Audience

  • Physical Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Speech Language Pathologist
  • Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Educator
  • Early Interventionist

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