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Featuring: Nancy Lawton-Shirley, OTR
originally recorded September 29, 2014

LiveTalks are hour long audio-only podcasts. This LiveTalk is part of the Treatment Tips and Tricks bundle.

Description: Posture can be a difficult area to treat, and therapists can often find themselves stuck on how to proceed with facilitating postural control. In these cases integrating manual therapies, like myofascial release, with sensory integration-based occupational therapy may help. In this LiveTalk you will learn how to recognize common postural problems, when certain interventions or combined interventions are appropriate, and what the clinical reasoning behind chosen treatments is.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this LiveTalk listeners will be able to:

  1. Identify how poor postural alignment and muscle imbalances impact on vestibular functioning.
  2. List specific interventions for addressing postural difficulties.
  3. Identify two tools you can use to help determine when manual therapy skills are needed to support therapeutic outcomes.
  4. Describe how poor postural alignment and muscle imbalances impact on vestibular functioning.

Course Level: Introductory. There are no prerequisites for this course.

Suitable For: Occupational therapists, OT assistants, physical therapists, PT assistants, speech and language therapists.

Domain: Performance Skills
Process: Intervention

Contact Hours: This course is worth 1.0 contact hours or 0.1 AOTA CEUs.

Completion Requirements: To receive contact hours for this course you must listen to the recorded LiveTalk in its entirety, and complete the accompanying assessment.

About the speaker: Nancy Lawton-Shirley is an occupational therapist known internationally for her expertise in sensory processing. She founded the wellness program ‘Points of Stillness’ in 2010.

ADA/Section 504: If you require special accommodations, please contact the Spiral Foundation at or (617) 969-4410 ext. 231.

Continuing Education:


Occupational Therapy Practitioners/ Occupational Therapy Assistants:  The Spiral Foundation is an Approved Provider of Continuing Education for occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants by the American Occupational Therapy Association.  The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.


The Spiral Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and as such your donation is tax deductible.