Posts by Jennifer Platt

We will be closed on Friday, April 1st (no this is not an April Fool's joke) to move into our new PRI Headquarters. We will not have access to phone or email, but hope to be up and running again by Monday, April 4th. Have a great weekend!

Posted March 31, 2016 at 9:34PM

In a phone conversation with Valerie Dejean discussing her Interdisciplinary Integration Symposium presentation, she asked us if we do any sort of entertainment as part of the symposium. Ron and I of course listened intently as she shared with us the story of her friend, Rhonda Musak, an actress and acting coach, who was preparing to debut her autobiographical, self-written solo show, “Rhonda Badonda: The Adventures of a Girl with a Pain in Her Brain.” We are so excited to bring Rhonda from NYC to Lincoln to present her solo show at this year’s symposium. Her personal journey will tie directly into this year’s topic, and we couldn’t have found a better fit for an entertaining piece at this year’s symposium!

Rhonda Musak is an actress and acting coach in New York City. She recently had the pleasure of performing in Vancouver, BC as she launched the world premiere of her self-written solo show, Rhonda Badonda: The Adventures of a Girl with a Pain in Her Brain, at the Vancouver Fringe Festival, followed-up by a sold-out run in NYC at the United Solo Theatre Festival. Rhonda has appeared in numerous New York City productions including the title role of Ondine – which was produced by her company, Deep Water Productions. Other favorites include: The Good Person of Setzuan, Measure for Measure and The Marriage Proposal. Rhonda has toured nationally and has performed regionally. She is a graduate of the National Shakespeare Conservatory. As an acting coach, Rhonda blends powerful acting techniques together with transformational Ericksonian solution focused life coaching at her acting studio: Art & Soul Acting – www.artandsoulacting.com.

Rhonda Musak brings a world premiered funny and moving piece that takes the audience on a triumphant, auto-biographical journey through the trials and tribulations of being different, and ultimately to self-discovery and healing:
“She squeaks by with a pile of self-help books and coaches in every corner.  Is she dumb?  Why can’t she function normally in the world?  When a mysterious pain dismantles her coping strategies, Rhonda Badonda embarks on a journey that leads her to the Paris Opera, Mozart, and the ultimate face-off…with her brain.”


Rhonda Badonda from Rhonda Musak on Vimeo.


Posted March 23, 2016 at 3:01PM
Categories: Courses

A couple years back when Matthew Uohara was in Lincoln completing the Postural Restoration Trained (PRT) credentialing program, he told us about a book he is authoring, titled Leading the Movement. Some chapters in his book include: Music in the Movement, I See Movement, The Artist and the Teacher, An Evolutionary Base, An Asymmetrical Base, An Epigenetic Base, along with several other chapters. Long before the topic was chosen for the 2016 Interdisciplinary Integration Symposium, Matt was talking to us about the influence that sound has on performance and movement. For this reason, Matt was an easy selection for this year’s symposium to present on his experience with sound, music and auditory input in working as a strength and conditioning specialist training weekend warriors and athletes of all kinds. Matt’s presentation title at this year's Interdisciplinary Integration Symposium is “Evolution, Illusion and Neurofeedback – Harnessing the Power of Sound during Performance.”

Matthew Uohara is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA. He holds a Masters in Human Movement. Matthew has studied Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization through the Prague Rehabilitation School, he is Postural Restoration Trained through the Postural Restoration Institute in Lincoln, Nebraska and is a Functional Range Conditioning movement specialist. Matthew currently trains athletes from all the professional ranks including the NFL, NHL, MLB, WNBA, and WTA. In addition Matthew prepares individuals for both the Summer and Winter Olympics. 

Sneak Peek at Matthew’s Presentation:
Sound is an illusory world.  Hidden in these illusions are evolutionary impressions born out of the struggle to move the way we do!  This relationship between sound and performance allows us, the added variable, to harness this power in the form of patterned neuro-feedback.  If handled in an educated manner, the outcome of this relationship can be a potentially elegant mover! 

Posted March 21, 2016 at 6:35PM
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More often than not, the topic of our Annual Interdisciplinary Integration Symposium is a direct reflection of Ron’s current clinical experiences. In the past year and a half, Ron and Dr. Heidi Wise have noticed that they are able to change posture and PRI objective tests with auditory input. They have read numerous articles, purchased dozens of books, and clinically have applied auditory changes with several patients in the past year.

Auditory and visual processing pathways are largely parallel in the brain, which explains why many patients with visual processing difficulties also have other sensory processing dysfunction, including auditory. Noting changes in the ways some patients experience changes in their subjective hearing characteristics, including audiologic testing when vision was changed was powerful and was just the tip of the iceberg. Dr. Heidi is personally interested in this area of integration not only because of her passion for vision’s effect on the brain and body, but also due to her lifelong love of music and playing instruments.

Ron and Dr. Heidi have several presentations throughout the two day symposium including:

Knowing Where you Are – Visual and Auditory Interconnectivity (Dr. Heidi Wise)
Dr. Heidi Wise will discuss similarities and parallels between visual and auditory processing for spatial localization. The concepts of sensory coherence and integration of auditory and visual information will help the attendee provide appropriate sensory input for overall successful egocentric location or orientation when working with patients, clients or athletes.  

What is Music? – How to Appreciate the Sounds within Music (Dr. Heidi Wise)
An overview of the fundamental perceptual attributes of music and their neurological influence will be given by Dr. Heidi Wise. To appreciate the benefits of music one should understand the loudness, pitch, contour, rhythm, tempo, timbre, spatial location and reverberation of sound. 

Hyperacusis, Tinnitus and Misophonia – What It Is and What It Is Not (Ron Hruska
An overview of concepts of extra-auditory connections in the brain that are responsible for clinical significant tinnitus and decreased sound tolerance will be given. Enrichment of auditory background weakens the tinnitus signal and enhances connections between the auditory and limbic system so that gradual habituation can occur with former activity or non-activity that is correlated with tinnitus, hyperacusis or misophonia. 

Rhythm, Resonance and Reverbation (Ron Hruska & Dr. Heidi Wise)
Clinical vibration, thoracic resonant rhythm and the timed beat produced by the feet and sacrum will all be discussed as they relate to bioacoustics behavior to patterned sound and noise generated by human activities, otherwise known as anthropogenic noise. 

Human Production of Postural Patterns through Biological Instrumentation (Ron Hruska)
Our biologic instrumentation that we rely on the most for postural organization and positional framework are the paired temporal bones. Localizing sound in auditory space is related to our ability to locate ourselves through temporal bone motion. 

How to Use the Sounds within Music (Ron Hruska & Dr. Heidi Wise) 
This discussion will enable the course attendee vary pitch, volume and tempo of music to enhance laterality with their patients, clients or athletes. 

Case Studies: Clinical Recommendations for Processing Disorders as They Relate to Postural Patterns (Ron Hruska & Dr. Heidi Wise) 
A number of case studies will be presented on patients that have been assessed and treated by Dr. Heidi Wise and Ron Hruska for visual sensory integration that also had underlying auditory processing disorders. Clinical recommendations and suggestions, based on these case histories and outcomes will be provided, as related to movement dysfunction and malpatterned posture. 

Posted March 18, 2016 at 8:34PM
Categories: Courses

Ron found Valerie Dejean last summer while researching more information on the Tomatis Method after reading two of Alfred Tomatis’ books, “The Ear and Language” and “The Conscious Ear”. After finding information on Valerie’s website discussing language and laterality with auditory function, he knew he wanted to talk to her more. After an hour long phone conversation with Valerie, we knew she would be a great addition to this year’s symposium! Valerie will be presenting on both days of the symposium with the following presentation titles, “A.A. Tomatis – The Man and His Method of Learning to Live Using Hearing and Voice” and “Building a Mind – The Role of the Ear and Sound on Emergence of our Modern Cognitive Architecture”  

Valerie Dejean graduated in 1976 from Boston University with a BS in Occupational Therapy. Her first job was at Warren State Hospital in Pennsylvania implementing a Sensory Integration program with Psychiatric-Schizophrenic patients. Three years later when she moved to Washington, DC, she specialized in using sensory integration techniques in the emerging epidemic of Autism. She was certified in Sensory Integration in 1983; and certified in pediatric Neurodevelopment Therapy (NDT) in 1984. She has advanced training in Myofascial Release and helped develop and teach the first pediatric trainings for John Barnes. She has advanced training in Cranial Sacral Therapy through the Upledger Institute. In 1992, Valerie trained in Paris, France with Dr. Alfred Tomatis, and started the Spectrum Center in Bethesda, Maryland, becoming the first occupational therapist in the world to use the Tomatis Method™ in combination with Sensory Integration.

Preview of Valerie’s Presentations:
Tomatis was a pioneer in identifying the foundational role the “Ear” in its’ entirety (gravity and sound perception) plays in human evolution and development.  Although based on his discoveries there now are a proliferation of technologies aimed at addressing listening and learning, there is very little understanding of his thinking.  Through an overview of Tomatis’ research that led to his revolutionary insights and treatment, Ms. Dejean intends to impart a deeper understanding of his clinical reasoning.  Armed with in-depth knowledge of Tomatis’ thinking, one is enabled to employ the soundest clinical reasoning and make the best use of his technologies.

We are born with a brain; we build our mind. We do this through our sensory interactions with the world. Through her clinical experience using the Tomatis Method with several thousand children and adults with Autism, Alzheimer, Learning, Attention, and Auditory Processing Disorders, Ms. Dejean is proposing the primary role that praxis plays in the human capacity to invent and be symbolic.  Through the use of clinical examples this talk will illustrate the bedrock effect that the ear (gravity and sound perception) has on how we as humans are able direct our attention, thoughts and behaviors, into successful and novel transactions with the outside world; the skills that have allowed us to survive and prosper as a species. Through case studies she will demonstrate how the use of sound and voice can be used to rebuild and realign cognitive, physical and emotional development so that a person’s potential can unfold.

If you haven't signed up for the Interdisciplinary Integration Sympoisum yet, be sure to do so this week, as the early registration rate of $465 ends this Friday, March 18th. CLICK HERE to sign up today!
 

Posted March 16, 2016 at 2:47PM
Categories: Courses

Jennifer Bullock, PT, OCS, PRC was the first speaker Ron invited to speak at this year’s symposium, after he learned of her personal and clinical experience with sensory and auditory processing disorders. As Jennifer will discuss in her presentation, she personally has been diagnosed with auditory processing disorder, and she has also two children that are affected by auditory processing disorder and sensory processing disorder.  Her presentation title is “Do You Hear What I Hear? A Personal Experience with Sensory and Auditory Processing Disorder.”  

Jennifer graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy in 1992. She is currently enrolled at Texas Women’s University completing the transitional Doctorate in Physical Therapy program. Jennifer is employed at Texas Health in Allen, TX in the outpatient PT department, where she works with a variety of neurological, orthopedic, and lymphatic diagnoses. Jennifer is an Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS), Postural Restoration Certified (PRC) and Lymphatic Certified. She is also a trained provider for The Listening Program® (TLP), a music listening method, personalized to improve brain fitness at any age or level of ability.

Jennifer’s presentation will focus on how Sensory Processing Disorder and Auditory Processing Disorder effect the ability for the human body to organize stimulus. When organization of incoming stimulus is decreased, then resulting limitations occur in the body such as decreased ROM and neuromuscular strength. Strategies to help the body organize incoming stimulus will be presented by the use of hearing and music and therefore promote improved organization and neuromuscular control. 

This year's Interdisciplinary Integration Symposium will be held at our new PRI Headquarters (as we are nearing completion of construction of our brand new 5500 sq ft space and scheduled to move in on April 1st)! To receive the early tuition rate of $465.00 you must register by March 18th. CLICK HERE for more information and to register online!

Posted March 11, 2016 at 4:52PM
Categories: Courses

We are excited to have Rachel Loveless, Au.D., CCC-A at our 8th Annual Interdisciplinary Integration Symposium speaking on Auditory Processing Disorders. Her presentation title is “A Cognitive Framework for Auditory Processing Disorders”.

Rachel is a clinical audiologist at Boystown National Research Hospital in Omaha, NE. She completed her Doctor of Audiology at the University of South Dakota in 2010 and completed her externship year at the Ear, Head, and Neck Institute in Minneapolis, MN. She was one of five national winners of the Research Forum Award through the American Academy of Audiology for her research in professional knowledge of pediatric genetics. She began working at Boystown National Research Hospital in the summer of 2010, where she continues to specialize in central auditory processing disorders, pediatric and adult diagnostics, pediatric and adult hearing aid fitting, and vestibular testing and treatments.

Rachel’s presentation will explore the cognitive framework of Central Auditory Processing Disorders (CAPD). It will cover the basics of central auditory processing disorders, including defining characteristics, types of CAPD, assessment, and treatment. This will be covered by relating back to basic neuroscience of auditory processing and information processing in the brain.  Application will not only apply to those working in a clinical setting, but also those in non-clinical settings to recognize signs of CAPD with clients or athletes.

This year's Interdisciplinary Integration Symposium will be held at our new PRI Headquarters (as we are nearing completion of construction of our brand new 5500 sq ft space and scheduled to move in on April 1st)! To receive the early tuition rate of $465.00 you must register by March 18th. CLICK HERE for more information and to register online!

Posted March 8, 2016 at 7:27PM
Categories: Courses

There are two beautiful PRI Aquatic pools laying in the Essex Physical Therapy building in Essex Junction, Vermont. I am so grateful for Estelle LeClair opening her Aquatic Center up for us on Saturday and Sunday last week and for hosting the first PRI Aquatics course. A number of Hruska Clinic and PRI Vision co-workers joined me and other course attendees interested in PRI Aquatic theory, science and application. The first day was entirely devoted to the hydrodynamic influences on motor attention, sensory-motor planning and upright performance as provided by the PRIORI pool stations. Applying PRI Aquatic concepts and PRI Non-Manual techniques to conventional pool designs and programs was so enjoyable and very helpful to those who attended and filled out an evaluation on the course. Overview of the PRISM pool science as related to patterned forward locomotion took place on the second day.  All course attendees had an opportunity to experience sequential, segmental flow and sensorial based outcomes from each pool and station, or chamber. It was so rewarding to get back into these pools and experience something that is not felt without this type of flow and directed water to integrate and redirect and readapt. On a personal note, my son, RJ felt his left abdominal obliques for the first time, while experiencing directed water flow to references that were programmed in the Hip Lounge station. He works out on dry land on a regular basis and has difficulty sensing and experiencing specific ab wall contraction. So cool.....Hopefully, in 2017 we will do this again at the IMPACT Physical Medicine and Prism Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, MN!

Posted February 4, 2016 at 10:21PM
Categories: Courses

We are excited to announce and congratulate the Postural Restoration Trained (PRT) Class of 2016!  PRT is the result of completing multiple advanced PRI courses, demonstrating a thorough understanding of the science through completion of the PRT application, and successfully participating in practical and analytical testing. Ten individuals earned the designation of Postural Restoration Trained (PRT) under the direction of Ron Hruska, Michael Mullin and Jennifer Platt.

The Postural Restoration Institute® established this credentialing process in 2011 as a way to recognize and identify individuals with advanced training, extraordinary interest and devotion to the science of postural adaptations, asymmetrical patterns and the influence of polyarticular chains of muscles on the human body as defined by the Postural Restoration Institute®.  The PRT credential is available to Certified Athletic Trainers, Certified Athletic Therapists and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists who have completed the course requirements, application and testing process. With the addition of this class, there are now 33 PRT professionals throughout the U.S.

PRT credentialed athletic trainers and strength and conditioning specialists offer a unique approach to physical medicine and fitness called Postural Restoration. This approach addresses underlying biomechanics which can often lead to symptoms of pain and dysfunction. All mechanical influences on the body that restrict movement and contribute to improper joint and muscle position are considered, examined, and assessed. Techniques are utilized to restore proper alignment of the body while proper respiratory dynamics are considered. Management encompasses prevention and lifetime integration for long-term successful outcomes.

Congratulations!

Pictured from left to right: (Back Row) Betsy Feutz, Michael Mullin, Tim Dempsey, Ryan DiPanfilo, Nate Shaw, Takashi Onuki and Ron Hruska; (Front Row) Jessica Kisiel, Masayuki Fujihashi, Josh Owen, Tadayoshi Takahashi and Jennifer Platt.

Click here to view more photos.

Posted January 15, 2016 at 9:00PM

Happy New Year from all of us at the Postural Restoration Institute! We couldn't be more excited for 2016, and the move across the parking lot to our new PRI Headquarters. March cannot come soon enough! Here are some progress photos of the building process.

Posted December 31, 2015 at 9:58PM
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