Introduction to Pediatric Vestibular Rehabilitation

December 10th & 11th, 2016

Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Brideside Point I)

Cost of Course: $525

Student Price: $75

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All proceeds from this course will be donated to the Foundation for Physical Therapy as part of the VCU-Marquette Challenge.

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Course Description

This 2 day course provides an overview of evidence based practice for vestibular related impairments in children, and is appropriate for physical & occupational therapists and assistants working in pediatrics. The didactic content includes: 1) detailed review of the anatomy, physiology and development of the vestibular system, 2) the epidemiology of vestibular dysfunction in children, 3) diagnostic and clinical testing of vestibular function, and 4) examination and evaluation of vestibular related impairments, and 5) intervention for vestibular related impairments in children. Hands-on demonstration and training of evaluation and intervention are included. Case reviews and discussion are used to facilitate application of the material. Handouts are provided online, several on site. Reviewed and approved by the ProCert -Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT).


Rose Marie Rine, P.T., Ph.D. is a licensed physical therapist. She has numerous publications on balance, the role of vestibular function in development, and the identification of and intervention for vestibular related impairments in children. She has presented her work, funded by NIH, the Foundation for Physical Therapy and the Section on Pediatrics of the APTA, at national and international meetings. She has been on faculty at the University of Miami, Northeastern University, and Marshall University and is sole proprietor of Specialty Therapy Source, LLC. No conflict of interest.

Jessica Doman, DPT is a neuro-vestibular physical therapist who works at Children’s Hospital South in Pittsburgh, PA with children with vestibular disorders and concussion. She successfully passed the vestibular competency course at Emory University in 2007 and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2003.

Helena Pingree, PT, DPT graduated from Duquesne University in 1997 and received her DPT in 2012. She completed the Emory Vestibular course in 2013 and works at Children Hospital North in Pittsburgh, PA.

Jamie Barnhill, PT, DPT received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Pittsburgh in 2008. She has worked as an outpatient pediatric physical therapists at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC since 2008 and now serves as the Physical Therapy Coordinator at their South Fayette satellite. Jamie successfully passed Dr. Rine’s pediatric vestibular rehabilitation competency course in 2010. Jamie treats children and adolescents with neurological, developmental, orthopedic and vestibular disorders, as well as concussion.

Susan L. Whitney, DPT, PhD, NCS, ATC, FAPTA graduated from Temple University and received her PhD from the University of Pittsburgh. She has taught at the Emory Vestibular course and has numerous publications related to vestibular disorders including the recent publication of the Pediatric Vestibular Symptom Questionnaire. Dr. Whitney will be participating on Sunday.

Course Objectives

Following successful completion of the course, the participant will:

  1. Identify 75% of the anatomical and physiological mechanisms underlying impairments related to vision and balance impairments related to vestibular dysfunction in children
  2. Based on a case scenario, select age appropriate clinical tests of vestibular
  3. Based on examination results in a case scenario, correctly identify vestibular function status (central and peripheral).
  4. Based on a case scenario, identify and select appropriate functional vision and balance tests representative of vestibular related impairments in children
  5. Given case descriptions, identify children for whom testing of vestibular function and related impairments is
  6. Based on evaluation results, choose appropriate intervention for vision and balance impairments related to vestibular dysfunction in

Course Schedule

Contact Hours / CEUs: 15.5 contact hours; 15 CCUs by FSBPT

Day 1 (8.00 contact hours):

7:30                    Registration & sign in

8:00 – 9:30      Anatomy & physiology: framework for evaluation & treatment of vestibular function and related impairments.

9:30 – 10:30    Diagnoses involving vestibular dysfunction in children: incidence and presentation

10:30- 10:45     BREAK

10:45 – 12          Diagnostic and clinical testing of the vestibular canal function

Noon – 1:00      LUNCH

1:00 – 2:15        Practicum/lab demo: Clinical tests of the oculomotor and VOR function

2:15 – 3:00       Diagnostic and clinical testing of the vestibular otolith function

3:00 – 3:15       BREAK

3:15 – 4:00      Practicum: clinical testing of otolith function

4:00 – 5:30     Case presentations and Discussion

5:30                 Adjourn – sign out

Day 2 (7.5 contact hours):

7:45                  Sign in

8:00 – 9:30    BPPV – Mechanisms, Examination, Treatment

9:30 – 10:45   Practicum: Exam and Rx for BPPV

10:45-11:00    BREAK

11:00 – 12       Rationale, evidence for and selection of intervention for vestibular related vision impairments

12:00 – 12:45  Practicum: intervention for vision impairments

12:45 -1:45      LUNCH

1:45 – 2:45     Rationale, evidence for and selection of intervention for vestibular related balance impairments

2:45 – 3:30     Practicum: intervention strategies

3:30 – 3:45     BREAK

3:45 – 4:30     Cases, patients and questions

4:30 – 5:00     Test

5:00 PM         Adjourn – sign out

Certificate of attendance is provided at the end of Day 2 if participant has signed in and out each day and achieved 75% or higher on the post-test.