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Upcoming Courses:

If You Can't Breathe, You Can't Function: Integrating Cardiopulmonary and Postural Control Strategies in the Pediatric and Adult Populations


Dates: Friday, March 20 - Sunday, March 22, 2020

Location: PAT Mooresville - 134 Infield Court Mooresville, NC

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    Learning Objectives:

    At the conclusion of Day 1, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe how trunk pressures link breathing and postural control using the Soda Pop Can Model.
  2. Describe the multiple, simultaneous roles of the diaphragm as related to breathing, postural control, gastroesophageal reflux, constipation, and venous return.
  3. Log quantitative results from session to session and from beginning to end of session.
  4. Demonstrate the role of the vocal folds in normal postural stability responses (balance) and make the case for using speaking valves for patients with tracheostomies.
  5. Contrast normal infant chest wall development to those with impaired breathing mechanics.
  6. Position patients for optimal physiological and biomechanical support of breathing with simple equipment (towels, pillows, etc.)
  7. Use a ventilatory strategy algorith presented in class to optimally match breating with movements from bed mobility to athletic endeavors.

At the conclusion of Day 2, participants should be able to:

  1. Present a multi-system (physical and physiologic) evaluation of motor impairments.
  2. Identify the variations of "normal" breathing patterns and discuss the efficiencies/inefficiencies fro individual patient conditions.
  3. Evaluate need for, and demonstrate, appropriate neuromotor retraining techniques for patients with ineffective breating/postural control strategies (health or participation deficits).
  4. Participate in a live patient demonstration (if patient is available) and suggest possible evaluation and treatment idease based on the course material.
  5. Design a targeted airway clearance program using the principles of mobilization, expectoration and oral management.
  6. Identify thoracic cage/spine restrictions as they pertain to breathing mechanics and postural control (a very brief introduction to musculoskeletal issues)
  7. Evaluate need for, and demonstrate, neuromotor retraining techniques to improve breat support for voicing an dpostural control (eccentrics)
  8. Suggest means for incorporating the course material into therapy activities in your clinical setting immediately.

Course Description

This course, developed by Mary Massery, will challenge the practitioner to make a paradigm shift: connecting breathing mechanics and postural control with management of trunk pressures. Using Dr. Massery’s model of postural control (Soda Pop Can Model), the speaker will link breathing mechanics with motor and physiologic behaviors (a multi-system perspective). The speaker will present novel research demonstrating the role of vocal folds as postural stabilizers, extending the concept of “core stability” from the vocal folds on the top of the trunk to the pelvic floor on the bottom. Numerous interventions will be presented that use positioning and ventilatory strategies to optimize motor performance. Neuromotor breathing retraining techniques and manual assistive cough techniques will be the focus of treatment labs. Multiple patient cases will be presented throughout the course. The emphasis of the course will be on developing practical, quick clinical solutions for pediatric and adult patients in all practice settings.


Early Bird Registration: Now through 12/31/2019 - $645 (AOTA/APTA/ASHA Members - $595)

Standard Registration: 1/1/2020-3/29/2020 - $695 (AOTA/APTA/ASHA Members - $645)
Groups of 4+: $100 off current registration price!


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Fee includes: 2.0 CEUs (20.5 Contact Hours) over 2 course days



Questions? Please contact our office.
Phone: 704-799-6824
Fax: 704-799-6825
Email: continuinged@patkids.com

If You Can't Breathe, You Can't Function Registration Form

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Upcoming Courses:

CLASI: Summer 2020

Nancy Kaufman: Fall 2020

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