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Vestibular and Balance Rehabilitation (WEBS0720704)

Course Description

For people experiencing dizziness, what are possible options for vestibular and balance rehabilitation? This self-study from Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups (SIG 7) addresses treatment choices in vestibular and balance rehabilitation, the state of the evidence on their efficacy, and future directions for interdisciplinary research and practice. Written by clinicians and scholars with expertise in audiology and physical therapy, the four articles present an interdisciplinary and life span approach to vestibular and balance rehabilitation for children and adults. The first article by Christy is on the use of vestibular and balance rehabilitation therapy for dizziness in children. Next, the review by Herdman focuses on the evolution of vestibular function tests and rehabilitation for major vestibular disorders as well as areas in which research and clinical practice may grow in the future. In Holmberg, the relatively new but common diagnosis of persistent postural-perceptual dizziness (PPPD) is presented in terms of its pathophysiology, differential diagnosis, and treatment protocols. Finally, Clendaniel provides a review on the use of vestibular rehabilitation in the treatment of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. Included are detailed photos and illustrations of current techniques and exercises. As described in the introduction to the forum by Guest Editor Neil Shepard, PhD, “It is hoped that these four articles will provide a needed look at vestibular and balance rehabilitation therapy (VBRT) so the audiologist can serve as a productive member of the treatment team and have a good understanding as to everything that is involved in using VBRT to treat a patient who is experiencing dizziness.”

Learning Outcomes
You will be able to:

  • list the major types of exercises commonly included in vestibular rehabilitation programs for children
  • identify vestibular disorders that may be treated with vestibular rehabilitation
  • describe the recommended integrated treatment approach for persistent postural-perceptual dizziness (PPPD)
  • describe the appropriate treatment approaches for the different forms of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)
Subscribers Ratings
PDH: 5
ASHA CEU*: 0.5
Item #(s): WEBS0720704
Available Through: November 15, 2023