The Lowdown on Low Tone & Impact on Environment - Birth-3: Intervention Ideas for Promoting Play & Function for Young Children

September 16, 2023
8:00 AM - 4:45 PM Saturday



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Course Description

This introductory level course will utilize lecture, video and hands-on lab sessions to teach participants in this course therapeutic techniques and interventions to help the young child (birth to 3 years) with hypotonia, regardless of the cause, through the developmental stages from supine to standing. This course will be based on NDT and SI principles to facilitate functional skills including gross motor, fine motor and postural control. By considering the internal and external factors which can impact arousal, posture and functional skills, participants will help young children achieve their highest functional level. Although this course will focus on gross motor development for PT's, OT's and SLP's will learn the importance of postural control and strength for respiration, body awareness and fine motor skills. Additionally, the inclusion of sensory information will benefit all disciplines (including ITDS's and teachers) toward the goal of maximizing a child's learning and function.

Course Objectives

By the end of this course, participants will:

  • Define and explain primary and secondary impairments related to low muscle tone and its implication on development for young children.
  • Define different types of muscle contractions and the significance of each in young children with hypotonia.
  • Understand the importance of the 'preparation' phase prior to handling.
  • Provide environmental adaptations to ensure the success of the young child during functional activities.
  • Demonstrate handling techniques to promote postural control and transitional movements.


About the Instructor

Kristen Owen, PT, is a graduate from UNC-CH with a BA in Psychology and a graduate of Emory University with a MS in Physical Therapy. Although Kris started in therapy as a sports medicine patient while playing on the UNC volleyball team, she has worked exclusively with pediatrics since her graduation from Emory. Kris has worked in out-patient settings throughout her career and has started her own company, Intentional Play, Inc., in 2017. Kris completed her 8-week NDT training with Judith Beirman, PT and has attended the level one SI mentorship at The STAR center with Lucy Jane Miller, OTR. As the lead therapist on The Down Syndrome Clinic at Hope Haven Children's clinic in Jacksonville, Fl. Kris has had 17 years of assessment and treatment of children with Down syndrome. Also a TLP provider with Advanced Brain Technologies, Kris is also trained in kinesiotaping and Electrotherapeutic Point Stimulation. Kris is blessed to have a profession which fits her personality while helping children and families enjoy the lives they have been given.


07:30 - 08:00 Course Sign-in/Continental Breakfast
08:00 - 09:30 Basic review of hypotonia; primary & secondary impairments; common diagnoses; types of muscle contractions; overview of NDT & SI approaches
09:30 - 09:45 BREAK
09:45 - 11:30 Treatment principles & preparation objectives for young children with hypotonia

11:30 - 12:30 LUNCH
12:30 - 02:30 Treatment techniques through developmental stages from supine/prone to sitting/LAB
02:30 - 02:45 BREAK
02:45 - 04:00 Treatment techniques from quadruped thru walking/LAB
04:00 - 04:45 My Favorite Things & Q&A


Texas Children's Hospital Feigin Center

1st Floor Conference Room A
1102 Bates Street
Houston, TX 77030

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1709 Dryden Road
Houston, TX 77030

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+1 346.388.0412


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Who Should Attend

This introductory course is for PTs/PTAs, OTs/COTAs, and SLPs/SLPAs


7 contact hours or CCU's.