Vestibular Dysfunction and Sensory Integration

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A Great Course for a Great Cause: Colorado Neurological Institute in Collaboration with the APTA Colorado Chapter and Regis University Present…

Vestibular Dysfunction and Sensory Integration: Foundations of Physical Therapy Assessment and Patient Management

When: May 17th-18th, 2014, 8am – 5pm
Where: Regis University; Specific location TBD
Registration: $375 until May 1st, 2014; $425 April 18th – May 17th, 2014; Facility Group Rate (3 or more) is $350; $250 student rate
To sign-up for this course, please go to: and Enter Event Code: CNI517; $10 optional boxed lunch/cafeteria on campus
Questions: Contact Deb Stef at 303-357-5440,

Ready for the next step? There will be an Advanced Vestibular Course in September 2014.

PTFunds raised from this course will assist CNI in their mission to provide neurological rehabilitation for those who are uninsured or underinsured. 

Whether you work in a hospital, orthopedic clinic, or neurological clinic, you have likely encountered patients with symptoms of dizziness and imbalance. This basic level course is designed to provide education regarding the anatomy and pathophysiology of the vestibular system, the differentiation between peripheral and central vestibular pathology, and the relationship between the vestibular system, visual system and somatosensory system for refined sensory integration.

You will also learn to perform a detailed clinical assessment that will allow you to categorize symptoms, such as headache, dizziness, or blurred vision then accurately diagnose underlying impairments, and provide successful treatment interventions. Lab time will be allowed to practice skills.

Course Objectives:

  • Present anatomy of the vestibular system with normal function as well as the integration of the vestibular, somatosensory and oculomotor system for typical balance function.
  • Discuss common signs and symptoms of peripheral and central vestibular dysfunction, benign positional vertigo, migraine, whiplash, concussion and oculomotor dysfunction with development of effective patient interview and medical intake to streamline the evaluation process.
  • Develop and practice evaluation techniques that identify connections between symptoms and impairments within the vestibular, oculomotor, somatosensory systems as well as the effect on sensory integration.
  • Discuss intervention selection to target specific identified impairments.
  • Provide case presentations demonstrating the linkage between symptoms, impairments, PT diagnosis and intervention.

Nicole Miranda, PT, DPT specializes in neurological and vestibular rehabilitation, working with children and adults at South Valley Physical Therapy in Centennial, CO. Her neurological experience stems from working at comprehensive inpatient and outpatient pediatric and adult rehabilitation facilities that embraced an interdisciplinary team approach. Nicole has provided basic and advanced continuing education courses regarding vestibular dysfunction in CO and WY.  She has published an educational resource article for public access on the Vestibular Disorders Association website, and is currently working with a Concussion Group through the Neurology Section of the APTA to develop nation-wide education on concussion. Nicole has been affiliate faculty member and guest lecturer at Regis University since 2005.

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