While most of us can rattle off the basic five senses of touch, taste, smell, sight, and hearing in our sleep, the vestibular system remains a bit more obscure. Still, the vestibular system is arguably the most vital of all the sensory systems.
The most prevalent form of sensory dysfunction is vestibular-related disorders. Therefore, it is imperative for occupational therapists and other professionals to be trained to identify and treat delays in vestibular processing due to its wide-ranging effects and strong impact on crucial areas of function.
What is the vestibular processing system?
The vestibular system, whose receptors are located in the inner ear, detects changes in head position and movement to provide you with a central reference point. It anchors the head and body in space and orients you in gravity. This is the system that tells your body: “You are here!” Without this clear sense of center and orientation, the information provided by the other sensory systems would not make sense.
The vestibular nuclei project into many areas of the central nervous system including the cerebellum, neck and spinal cord, reticular formation, ocular motor centers, and the limbic system. Due to its vast connections with so many different brain centers and systems, the effects of the vestibular system on function are far-reaching. This system impacts spatial orientation, postural control, ocular motor control, fine-tuning of motor movements, arousal, regulation, attention, and emotional stability.
The vestibular system is the master coordinator of all sensations. It works closely with the auditory and oculomotor systems to form the vestibulo-cochlear-oculomotor triad, allowing us to orient our head to sounds and sights, and partners with the somatosensory systems to form the vestibulo-proprioceptive-tactile triad that integrates the head and body for both stability and purposeful movement.
The courses are suitable for:
- Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapist Assistants
- Physical Therapist
- Physical Therapist Assistant
- Parents of children with vestibular processing delays
- Special Educators
Upcoming Vestibular Continuing Education Courses 2022
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Using Gravity to Facilitate Sensory Motor Development in Infants and Children
(closed for registration) Roadmaps to Intervention: Creating Treatment Hierarchies and Establishing Treatment Progressions to Improve Outcomes in Children
(closed for registration) Explore the Core: Practical Techniques to Improve Postural Control to Support Development for Better Outcomes
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Power Up Your Moves! Support Staff & Teachers Working Together to Flip the Learning Switch Using Effective, Evidence Based Neurodevelopmental Movement
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Theramoves online vestibular continuing education training provides an easily-accessible way to learn about this most vital system: the vestibular system. By understanding the impact of vestibular processing, you will gain insight on how to tap into the power of this orchestrator of all the other bodily systems to create long-term changes for your clients