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ATRI Art of Balance Specialty Certificate Program

An ATRI Specialty Certificate on Balance Testing/Training for All Ages and All Issues – via Video Recording
This course gives you the evidence but then focuses on how to apply the ideas to your clients. You will leave with so many ideas to try! During the courses that focus on techniques you’ll see the best parts of the technique for balance and how to apply it to clients – each course will include new and unique information even if you have a certificate in the technique.

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You will receive an ATRI Specialty Certificate and 15 hours of Continuing Education Credits.

We All Fall Down – Ruth Sova, MS, ATRIC (1 hour)
One of the first lessons that Marines learn in Basic Training is the art of falling. Teaching our clients the proper ways to fall can simultaneously train vestibular systems, coordination, and proprioception. Falling without injury isn’t a genetic gift (although genes play into it), it’s a set of skills that allows clients to walk away unscathed.

Evidence-Based & Scientific Application of Balance – Beth Scalone, PT, DPT, OCS, ATRIC (2 hours)
Balance equals motor control. There are six main components to motor control. This segment provides you the tools and foundation to recognize and test for impairments related to each component and apply specific aquatic therapy interventions to address those impairments. Research related to aquatic therapy and balance is summarized with focus on the clinical applications.

General Ortho and Backs Application – Beth Scalone, PT, DPT, OCS, ATRIC (1 hour)
This segment will provide specific research, applications and aquatic balance progressions for clients with orthopedic and back injuries. We will present videos of multi-plane, motor control activities integrating what you already know to maximize the unique properties of water to achieve your clients’ goals.

Brain/Neuro Application – Mary Wykle, PhD, ATRIC (1 hour)
Understanding the effect of specific lobes of the brain in conjunction with the hippocampus impacts spatial navigation. This leads to a disrupted neuromuscular response exacerbating balance and navigation challenges.  Aquatic rehabilitation increases blood flow to the brain and may delay progression of balance deficits.

Sensory Application – Meredith Morig, MOTR/L, ATRIC (1 hour)
Take a deeper look into how the vestibular, proprioception, visual and auditory sensory processing systems can affect balance and discuss various sensory integration techniques to improve overall body awareness and ultimately improve balance skills.

Using Burdenko / AquaStretch / LMT – Beth Scalone, PT, DPT, OCS, ATRIC (1.5 hours)
We’ll answer this question: How can the Burdenko Method, AquaStretch and Loaded Movement Training improve my clients motor control? Case examples will be used to link the principles to clinical application.

Using Halliwick – Katrien Lemahieu, MSEN, ATRIC and Julia Meno, CTRS, CMT, ATRIC (1.5 hours)
Katrien Lemahieu – Apply Halliwick’s rotation control to provide better daily functioning in core balance and shoulder hip diagonals. Gain practical applications for pediatrics from 1-4 years to 5-9 years old, focusing on children with CP, Down Syndrome and Rett Syndrome. The aquatic environment will give them more freedom to move, increase their self-esteem and develop fun in therapy sessions. Both hands on and hands-off techniques will be shown in video and discussed.

Julia Meno – Explore a sound secure application of Halliwick theory to assist people with balance challenges. The techniques will demonstrate how practitioners and clients can use their strengths to stabilize and learn to engage the weaker muscles for function. The Halliwick balance exercises will be in the seated and standing position and progress for ambulation.

Using UCT – Donna Lewen, BA, ATRIC (1 hour)
Focus on the Unpredictable Command Technique and integrate techniques from the Mini-Mental State Exam. Learn to increase clients’ proprioception, balance, and reaction time to decrease falls. Retrain thought processes to do tasks that we do not normally do in our regular activities, ultimately building positive neuroplasticity. Teach the mind and body to work together in case of an emergency.

Using Pilates– Mary Wykle, PhD, ATRIC  (1 hour)
Pilates is the fluid control of balanced movement requiring core control for initiation of movement to ensure symmetry and correction of muscle imbalances. All movement is purposeful. Our body moves because our mind moves it. Correcting muscle imbalances then maintaining an isometric core where all movement begins assists in correcting asymmetries impacting balance.

Using Yoga – Camella Nair, Swami, C-IAYT (1 hour)
Combating instability is one of the aspirations and outcomes of people practicing yoga therapy. With care, consideration, and appropriate dosage it can change the self-destructive narrative of aging and provide greater equilibrium in our lives, not only physically but mentally and emotionally. Learn how the simple formulae IxD=F, can be applied and allow for progressions across diverse populations.

Using Bad Ragaz – Julia Meno, CTRS, CMT, ATRIC (1 hour)
Balancing muscle synergies using the Bad Ragaz Ring Method (BRRM). Focus on three lower extremity treatment patterns to improve proprioception, strength, and engage the muscular chain for improved balance. Fine tune your skills in the use of BRRM for stabilization and proprioception, the building blocks of balance.

Using Ai Chi, Ai Chi Ne and BackHab – Ruth Sova, MS, ATRIC (1 hour)
Looking at Ai Chi, Ai Chi Ne and BackHab from the Art of Balance Perspective is enlightening. We’ll pull the best postures and exercises for your clients and explain why they work. From minimal assistance, to a vertical trunk control sequence, to independent skills with the best perturbations. Fast and fun!

Wrap-up Comments, Q&A, and Graduation – Mary Wykle, PhD, ATRIC (1 hour)
This segment will show the connection of each of the above segments into a unified approach to balance. There will be opportunity for further clarification to questions, hopefully some answers, and graduation.