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Neuroplasticity for Children: Change the Brain and the Body Follows

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Karen Pryor, PhD, PT, DPT


Neuroplasticity for Children: Change the Brain and the Body Follows

Can the brain be rewired to give your patients better results in therapy and at home? This one-of-a-kind training shows you how therapy can change the brain and how neuroplasticity can change the challenges in a child’s development. Studies show our brains can be rewired to enhance new learning. In some cases, it acts as an adaptive mechanism to compensate for lost function or maximize remaining function in the event of brain injury.

As therapists, when we treat the causes and symptoms of these motor delays, we can utilize alternate brain pathways to improve the effects of therapy. Neuroplasticity changes brain connections and hence, changes motor and cognitive functions. From congenital abnormalities to traumatic brain injuries, this course delivers new and exciting ideas on how to detour around damage and incorporate viable nervous system connections. Learn how therapy can change the brain and how neuroplasticity can change the challenges in a child’s development.

With Dr. Karen Pryor as your instructor, you gain creative and evidence-based approaches to incorporate into a multisensory experience to drive home the importance of diverse and novel activities during treatment sessions. Both high and low tones are discussed in depth. Video case studies demonstrate changes before and after integrative neuroplasticity treatments. The therapy techniques learned in this 6-hour course can be easily integrated into the clinic or home the next day.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the primitive reflexes’ influence on movement patterns and explain how retained reflexes can impact an individual’s functional, occupational therapy performance.
  2. Identify the multilayer approach using neuroanatomy and brain function.
  3. List strategies to incorporate techniques into home programs for parents and caregivers.
  4. Identify the importance of positive treatment sessions and verbal cues.
  5. Describe the relationship between brain dysfunction and tone abnormalities.
  6. State different approaches to changing low and high tone qualities.

Course Information

  • Target Audience: introductory- to intermediate-level OTs, COTAs, PTs, and other pediatric professionals
    Note: While many professionals may benefit from the course content, we can only guarantee acceptance of continuing education credit as described in the following CEU section.
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  • Course Instructor: Karen Pryor, PhD, PT, DPT
  • CE Broker course code: 20-885952

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

AOTA-Approved Provider Program Sensational Brain LLC is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. PD activity ID# 03338. This distance-learning, independent format is offered at 0.6 CEUs, Introductory Level, OT Service Delivery. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.



Additional Resources

Photo of Sensational Brain speaker Dr. Karen Pryor

Karen Pryor, PhD, PT, DPT, is a physical therapist and began practice in 1979. Involved with birth to three through early intervention since 1986, she developed techniques to be utilized in homes, daycare centers, and school systems to advance therapy programs in children. Dr. Pryor serves on the Board of Leadership Interagency Coordinating Council for early intervention, appointed by Governor Bill Haslam and Governor Bill Lee of Tennessee from 2014-2024. She also received President Barack Obama’s award for Volunteer Service in Tennessee for the advancement of treatment of children in 2010. In addition, she was an adjunct professor at Tennessee State University for the Occupational School (2012-2013) as well as Volunteer State University Physical Therapy Assistant School (2008-2009). Currently, she is a Certified Clinical Instructor for several additional colleges and universities. In conjunction with her teaching duties, Dr. Pryor is active on boards of the Maori Foundation (Japan), Daymar College, and Nashville State Community College. With her years of experience and passion for complete wellness, Dr. Pryor assists in advancing the wider view of how therapy can be integrated from birth through a person’s lifespan. To view Dr. Pryor’s course, check out her product page.


  • Financial: Karen Pryor is the owner of Health Sphere Wellness Center and receives a speaking fee from Sensational Brain LLC.
  • Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

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