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Children with Motor Disorders of Genetic Etiology

presented by Beate Peter, PhD, CCC-SLP

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Financial: Dr. Peter is co-editor of a textbook on speech development and disorders (B. Peter & A. MacLeod, 2013), for which she may receive royalty payments. If she shares information about her ongoing research study, this may result in referrals of potential research participants. She has no financial interest or related personal interest of bias in any organization whose products or services are described, reviewed, evaluated, or compared in the presentation. Dr. Peter receives compensation from MedBridge for this course.

Non-Financial: Dr. Peter has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

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Motor disorders of genetic origin can affect an individual on many levels, requiring services from multiple specialists, including speech-language pathologists (SLPs), occupational therapists (OTs), and physical therapists (PTs). In some cases, these professionals work on the same underlying core deficits, for instance motor coordination; but a shared understanding of the genetic mechanisms and collaborative clinical approaches is often missing. How can a better understanding of genetics lead to more effective and collaborative clinical services? This course provides a case-based introduction to fundamental concepts in genetics, such as chromosomal changes versus small DNA mutations, and the downstream effects of such variations on entire motor systems. The role of the genetics professional as a member of the interprofessional team is outlined. Participants will learn how to conduct an assessment designed to identify genetic red flags and how to use this knowledge toward appropriate referrals and interprofessional practice.

Meet Your Instructor

Beate Peter, PhD, CCC-SLP

Beate Peter is the Assistant Professor and director of the Speech/Language Genetics Lab in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science at Arizona State University. She has been conducting research focusing on genetic causes of communication disorders since 2007. Her interdisciplinary background is unique in that it includes a master's degree in speech-language pathology, a…

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1. Why OTs, PTs, and SLPs Should Care About Genetics

With the increase in cutting-edge genomic technologies, genetic causes of motor disorders are being identified every year, yet few clinical service providers are trained in genetics and in how to leverage knowledge of genetic etiologies toward more effective clinical management. This chapter outlines reasons why knowledge of genetics is relevant for clinical practice.

2. Case Studies of Children with Motor and Communication Disorders of Genetic Etiology

This chapter covers an explanation of chromosomes and genes, the concept of a microdeletion syndrome, the relative effects of large vs. small chromosomal changes, and syndromic vs. nonsyndromic clinical presentation.

3. Systemic Effects of Genetic Changes: A Case for Interprofessional Teamwork

This chapter focuses on gene functions, the downstream effects of genetic changes on the brain and motor systems, and multiple genetic effects arising from the same genetic change.

4. Panel Discussion

The cases presented in the preceding chapters show how SLPs, OTs, and PTs work on some of the same underlying motor deficits, for instance motor coordination. The reason for these overlaps lies in the systemic effects of genetic changes on entire motor systems.

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