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Tracy Stackhouse

MA, OTR/L

Tracy Stackhouse is a clinical pediatric occupational therapist who has specialized in working with children, adults, and families affected by fragile x syndrome (FXS) and Fragile X related conditions since the late 1980s. Through this work, first at Children's Hospital in Denver, continuing at the UC Davis MIND Institute, and now at the nonprofit center she co-founded (Developmental FX), she has been able to provide continuity of care with hundreds of families affected by FXS. This allows her to offer a perspective to the families she serves and the colleagues with whom she collaborates about how FXS looks neurodevelopmentally. Tracy is committed to conducting research to advance the understanding and treatment of neurodevelopmental disabilities and FXS specifically. She is the director of the Developmental & Fragile X Resource Centre in Denver, CO, which is included as a part of the Denver Fragile X Clinic of the Fragile X Clinics and Research Consortium (FXCRC). She has been involved in fragile X clinical care and research since 1989 and has been involved with the National Fragile X Foundation (NFXF) since 1989, including active contribution to clinical materials and general advice. Tracy is a member of the Clinical Research Consortium of the NFXF, as well as a member of the Scientific and Clinical Advisory Committee. In 2013, she served as a consultant to Novartis during their clinical trial for a targeted treatment in FXS. Recently, she has been involved in the efforts to identify feasible and reliable neuromotor outcome measures that can be used in clinical trials. This project resulted in development of the FX Motor Battery, which is proposed to be further piloted in this study. Tracy is committed to the success of the proposed project and has a history of collaborative work with this research team that will support this project's success.

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The Sensory Diet Concept

Presented by Tracy Stackhouse, MA, OTR/L

The Sensory Diet Concept

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In this course, you will learn how to establish power, precision, and proper timing in the sensory diet targeted to desired outcomes. In addition, you will learn to customize the sensory diet around common issues including postural development, autonomic dysregulation, and social-emotional or affective issues. The sensory diet concept can be extended to incorporate sensory-social routines to integrate co-regulation and relation-based interventions into daily programming. The evidence-base supporting the use of a sensory diet approach will be reviewed. Case examples from children with Autism and Fragile X Syndrome will illustrate the power of matching the sensory diet to a child's specific needs. Finally, the sensory diet concept will be contrasted with a sensory based approaches, including the "sensory lifestyle," sensory breaks, supports, accommodations, and modifications.

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The Somatosensory System

Presented by Tracy Stackhouse, MA, OTR/L

The Somatosensory System

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This course provides the fundamentals for understanding how to harness the power of the somatosensory system to influence optimal outcomes when somatosensory-based intervention is indicated. A basic overview of somatosensory function and anatomy, as well as central nervous system interaction, is provided. Somatosensory functions will be traced from the receptor through the primary and associated processing pathways. The content will include information on how to directly assess somatosensory functions, including discriminative processing and evaluative/modulation functions.

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The Mighty Vestibular System

Presented by Tracy Stackhouse, MA, OTR/L

The Mighty Vestibular System

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This course provides the fundamentals for understanding how to harness the power of the vestibular system to influence optimal outcomes when vestibular-based intervention is indicated. A basic overview of vestibular function and anatomy, as well as central nervous system interaction is provided. Vestibular functions will be traced from the receptor through the primary and associated processing pathways. The content will include information on how to directly assess vestibular function as well as the common physiological, postural, ocular manifestations that need to be included in assessment. Vestibular processing is a quiet, pivotal foundation, critical in the ASI approach, and often a missing link underlying neurodevelopmental progress. Treatment considerations to produce effective improvements in specific vestibular symptoms (dizziness, motion perception difficulties) as well as the direct products of vestibular processing, (balance, bilateral coordination, postural/ocular control, motor timing and coordination, visual motor/perceptual skills, etc) are provided. These considerations are extended to include associated modulation-based difficulties, including a grounded sense of self within the context of person/environment/other/task, and as functional abilities related to vestibular processing are provided.

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Clinical Reasoning in Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Presented by Tracy Stackhouse, MA, OTR/L

Clinical Reasoning in Pediatric Occupational Therapy

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Clinical reasoning for pediatric occupational therapists should be informed by neuroscience, developmental theory, occupational science, and clinical practice, including tacit clinical knowledge - all rich sources of evidence and inspiration. However, combining all of these sources of information into a format useful for in-the-moment clinical use can be daunting. In this course, you will be introduced to a clinical reasoning framework for combining sensory, affective, and motor processing into a relationship-based model to allow therapists to create and implement effect treatment plans as well as monitor progress. The aim of the clinical reasoning process is to help the therapist identify the underlying issues and provide comprehensive treatment and supports while building targeted skills in order to shift the adaptive functioning of the client/child. The clinical reasoning format lends itself as a guide to treatment to address the most common clusters of difficulties/diagnostic conditions seen by pediatric occupational therapists. This course will provide theory and practical information for enhancing OT clinical work with children with a broad range of neurodevelopmental conditions including those categorized as having sensory integrative difficulties or "SPD" concerns. Learning sound clinical reasoning allows the therapist to commit to excellence in their evidence-based approach to treatment and establishes the OT as a strong member of a multidisciplinary team.

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