Vestibular Therapy: The Basics
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This evidenced based course is intended to provide the clinician with a solid foundation to effectively recognize and treat vestibular disorders. The course uses a combination of lab, lecture, video demonstrations, and small group problem-solving activities to make the connection between vestibular anatomy and physiology, assessment and treatment techniques.

10/15/2016 to 10/16/2016
When: 10/15/2016
8:30 AM
Where: Marist College: Allied Health Building
Beck Place
Poughkeepsie, New York  12601
United States
Presenter: David Malamut MA, PT
Contact: Tylene Lizardi

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Date and Location:

October 15 and 16 (Saturday and Sunday)

Marist College

Allied Health Building

Room TBA

Beck Place, Poughkeepsie NY 12601


Course Description

This evidenced based course is intended to provide physical therapists and physical therapy assistants with a solid foundation to effectively recognize and treat vestibular disorders. The course uses a combination of lab, lecture, video demonstrations, and small group problem-solving activities to make the connection between vestibular anatomy and physiology, assessment and treatment techniques. This vestibular rehabilitation course will introduce clinicians to signs and symptoms of vestibular dysfunction, assessment techniques, and types of recovery Interventions directed toward the different types of dysfunction (e.g. otolithic, canalithic and mechanical) will be introduced and practiced.


Course Instructor

David Malamut, MA, PT


David has an MA degree in Ergonomics and Biomechanics from NYU, a BS in PT from Hunter College and a certificate in Massage Therapy from the Swedish Institute.  He also has a BA in Art and Dance from Bennington College.  He has worked as a clinical specialist in the Vestibular Service at Rusk Institute of Rehabilitative Medicine, for 21 years.  He teaches the vestibular therapy component of the DPT Program at Columbia University as well as giving numerous presentations on the subject throughout the country. In addition, he has written several articles on the topic of vestibular rehabilitation. 


Course Schedule

Registration: 8:00 am

Seminar Begins: 8:30 am

Lunch Break: 12:30 pm – 1:30pm 

Seminar Ends: 5:00pm


October 15: Vision and vestibular-ocular function assessment and treatment, special considerations, review, fall assessment review with emphasis on vestibular system in relation to balance and treatment


October 16: Types of recovery, central vs. peripheral treatment, unilateral vs. bilateral treatment, home exercise specifics, advanced vestibular treatments, motion sensitivity testing, BPPV

*Course schedule is subject to change based on instructor and hosting organization preference or needs


Course Content

·      Basic Anatomy and Physiology

·      Special VR considerations

·      Vision topics:

o   Depth perception

o   Ocular motor testing

o   Convergence testing and treatment

o   Vestibular reflexes, testing, treatment

·      Balance function, testing and treatment

·      Recovery and diagnoses

·      Central vs peripheral treatment

·      Bilateral vs unilateral treatment

·      Motion sensitivity

·      BPPV theory, assessment, treatment


Course Objectives:

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:


  1. Identify the criteria for determining pathological signs of vestibular dysfunction (e.g. otolithic, canalithic and mechanical dysfunction) which includes pertinent patient history, examination of symptomology and sensory deficits, time frame analysis and special tests
  2. Discriminate between central and peripheral pathology
  3. Assess the extent of pathological dysfunction (unilateral vs. bilateral)
  4. Devise a treatment progression that is appropriate for a patient with vestibular dysfunction


  1. Demonstrate the ability to observe visual signs of vestibular dysfunction
  2. Display the ability to perform tests for ocular function (convergence, saccades, smooth pursuits), vestibular gaze function (head thrusts, spontaneous and gaze evoked nystagmus and head shaking nystagmus) and static/dynamic balance function
  3. Display the ability to test and treat positional vertigo
  4. Demonstrate the symptoms that a patient might experience while undergoing intervention for vestibular rehabilitation


  1. Seek opportunity for peer and instructor assessment.
  2. Internalize biopsychosocial considerations when assessing and intervening with patients with vestibular dysfunction as demonstrated through palatable and smooth evaluations and treatments.


APTA Members: $300

Non-members: $600


*Fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, morning and afternoon snack and coffee breaks

  1. Login in to NYPTA
  2. Click on "Register"
  3. Follow the online registration directions
  1. Click on “Register”
  2. This will take you to a sign in page “COMMUNITY CALENDAR -REGISTRATION DETAILS” 
  3. Click on “signed in”
  4. This will take you to the member login page
  5. Click on “click her to join”
  6. Follow the online directions to  create a sign in to complete registration

 Confirmations and Cancellations

A confirmation of registration will be sent via email. Add to your email address book to ensure delivery. Cancellations received by October 1, 2016 are refundable less $75 administration fee per registrant. There is no refund for cancellations received after this date.



For New York Physical Therapists and Physical Therapy Assistants. Application for approval of continuing education credits from the the New York State Education Department’s State Board has been approved for 16.8 continuing education credits. All other licensed professionals should review the rules/regulations for your respective professional association/state board. 


Course Certificate:

Certificates of completion / hours earned will be sent to attendees (electronically via email) from NYPTA Chapter Office, Albany NY, ( NYPTA, The Catskill District of the NYPTA and/or Marist College, are not responsible for failed emails due to incorrect email addresses. Certificates will not be mailed to attendees. 



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