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The Effects of Muscle Tone on Development

Event Details

Date/Time:  Wednesday, May 18, 2011; 9am--12pm

Location:  Courtyard Marriott, 342 Speen St., Natick, MA

Cost:  Open registration with a maximum of 40 participants.  Free to Thom employees, $35 for all other registrants.  Please contact James Young (508-655-5222 x139) for more training information.

Credits:  Application to be submitted for Early Intervention CECs.

Description:  This workshop will examine normal vs. abnormal muscle tone and its impact on development in young children.  We will review the characteristics of low and high muscle tone, and discuss common diagnoses and risk factors associated with abnormal muscle tone.  The effects of muscle tone on posture, mobility, self-care, fine motor and oral motor skills will be discussed.  Intervention strategies and treatment techniques will be presented.

Learning Objectives:  Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
  • Identify normal vs. abnormal muscle tone;
  • Indicate common diagnoses that could present with abnormal muscle tone;
  • Explain how a child’s function and development can be affected by abnormal muscle tone;
  • Apply intervention strategies and treatment techniques with young children.
Presenter Biography:  
Sue Orciuch, M.S., OTR/L, is an Occupational Therapist and a Certified Early Intervention Specialist at Thom Marlborough Area Early Intervention Program. She has over 30 years experience including acute care, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, and hand therapy. Sue has done extensive work in the areas of sensory processing disorders and feeding disorders.  She is an experienced presenter conducting workshops on a variety of topics including: Hand  Rehabilitation, Motor Disorders and Treatment, Sensory Processing Disorders, and Red Flags for Early Development.
Dawn Gutro, PT, MS, PCS, is a team leader at the Thom Marlborough Area Early Intervention Program and a Physical Therapist with 22 years of experience.  She is a licensed Pediatric Clinical Specialist in Physical Therapy, and a Certified Early Intervention Specialist.  Dawn has worked in acute care, outpatient and rehab settings with both children and adults, as well as 11 years in early intervention.