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The Clinical Observation of Posture in Children with Learning Disabilities

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This is a Multi-Media course consisting of Text, Photos, and Short Video Clips.
An important element in the observation of children with movement and posture disorganization is the observation of postural characteristics. Emphasis is placed on the identification of specific postural characteristics and how these characteristics influence and interfere with the child's movement patterns and skilled performance. The purpose of observational assessment is to determine specific areas in which the child experiences a lack of control or difficulties in smooth graded movements. Asymmetry in posture and imbalances in postural tone result in compensations that contribute to unequal weight distribution, bilateral integration difficulties, and poor grading of transitional movements across the midline.
Generally, children with disorganization show a fairly consistent profile. They often present with low normal postural tone, asymmetry in body alignment, selected areas of tightness usually in proximal areas, poor structural stability of the arches of the hands and feet, and a lack of good stability of the trunk. This course describes and demonstrates the postural characteristics of children with movement and posture disorganization associated with learning disability. Clinical implications are discussed along with assessment and treatment strategies.
Topics include:
Observations in Standing , Observations in Sitting , Observations of the Arms and Hands, Observations of the Legs and Feet, Observations of Weight Bearing, Observations of Postural Reactions, Treatment Emphasis
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