Cranial Asymmetry: The Pathways to Care & Early Intervention
Date and Time
CE Contact Hours: 60 minutes
Cranial asymmetry and disproportion can be caused by many factors, including premature birth, congenital muscular torticollis (a tilting and/or turning of a baby’s neck to one side as a result of a muscle strain), multiple births, restrictive intrauterine positioning, trauma at birth, cervical spine abnormalities, and positional favoring. When the deformity is caused by any of these external influences, a cranial remolding orthosis can be used to guide cranial growth and correct asymmetry and/or disproportion.
Early detection and prevention is important. This one hour session is designed to deepen your understanding of deformational plagiocephaly and brachycephaly by providing guidance on taking cranial measurements, equipping you with assessment techniques, and highlighting appropriate patient care pathways for your pediatric patient population.
Upon completion of this program, participants should be able to:
- Explain the significance of the correlation between normal infant development and the development of deformational plagiocephaly / brachycephaly
- Describe the implications of torticollis / developmental delays as they relate to the development and management of deformational plagiocephaly / brachycephaly
- Demonstrate the procedure for obtaining standardized measurements of the infant skull
- List the key concepts in developing an interdisciplinary team approach to evaluating and treating infants with plagiocephaly within your community
Doug Reber, L/CO
Director, Education & National Residency, Hanger Clinic
Doug is a licensed, ABC-certified orthotist with 40 years of experience. He serves as the lead for cranial remolding procedures at Hanger Clinic.
Tiffany Maynard, CPO
Clinician, Hanger Clinic
With over 10 years of experience specializing in cranial care, Tiffany has successfully treated more than 1,600 babies with positional skull deformities and hundreds of babies who underwent surgery for craniosynostosis.
Andrea S. Callanen, PT, MPT
Founder, Looking Ahead Pediatric Physical Therapy, PLLC
A physical therapist for over 20 years, Andrea founded Looking Ahead Pediatric Physical Therapy (Franklin, TN) in 2014. Her clinic specializes in the evaluation and treatment of children with torticollis, plagiocephaly, and motor delay.