Plagiocephaly is prevalent in the infant population treated by physical therapists. The incidence of plagiocephaly has dramatically increased since the AAP recommended “Back to Sleep” campaign began in 1994. Almost half (47%) of infants now have some form of plagiocephaly; 10% of infants have moderate or severe plagiocephaly. Untreated plagiocephaly leads to significant asymmetry of the skull, ears and face.
This course instructs participants in the identification of plagiocephaly in the infant population. Prevention strategies will be discussed on adapting the environment, modifying sleeping/eating/play tasks, repositioning the infant and educating the parent/family in order to increase participation in the performance of daily activities. In more severe cases, cranial remolding treatment may be necessary to maximize the outcome process. Untreated plagiocephaly may impact future social participation/wellbeing and engagement in occupations that require proper fitting safety/sporting helmets.
Cranial remolding bands are an intervention tool used by physical and occupational therapists to facilitate improvement to body structure and function for current and future engagement in occupations. This course will provide physical and occupational therapists with essential basic knowledge on assessment, prevention and treatment of plagiocephaly.