Sensory and Gi Integration in Children and a Possible Osteopathic Approach
Presenter: Dr Ioná Bramati-Castellarin Ph.D, B.Sc.(Hons) Ost Med D.O, N.D.
Date: 13-15th June 2019
About Dr Bramati
Dr Bramati graduated from the British College of Osteopathy in 2001 and for the past 18 years is practicing in London at IBCcare. She is the only known specialist with a doctorate on clinical osteopathy in autistic children suffering from gastrointestinal dysfunction. Dr Bramati was awarded a Ph.D by the University of Westminster – London and recently published her research on the effects of visceral osteopathy in autistic children. Dr Bramati’s research project was approved for collaboration with King’s College Hospital, London and endorsed by the National Autistic Society and sponsored by BCOM – London via a grant from the British Naturopathic and Osteopathic Association. Dr Bramati is committed to helping improve the quality of life and wellbeing of children on the spectrum using a non-invasive form of therapy – Visceral Osteopathy.
Dr Bramati will be sharing information on the practicalities of using osteopathic techniques in patients suffering from ASD, Sensory Integration Deficit. She will be also sharing information on recent research as well as the results of her publications – Repeat-measures longitudinal study evaluating behavioural and gastrointestinal symptoms in children with autism before, during and after visceral osteopathic technique (VOT) (Bramati-Castellarin et al., 2016).
BRAMATI-CASTELLARIN, I., PATEL, V. B. & DRYSDALE, I. P. 2016. Repeat-measures longitudinal study evaluating behavioural and gastrointestinal symptoms in children with autism before, during and after visceral osteopathic technique (VOT). J Bodyw Mov Ther, 20, 461-70.
The course aims to analyse the impact of lack of sensory integration in the paediatric population as well as behavioural and gastrointestinal dysfunction affecting autistic children. The course aims to also give an overview of the signs and symptoms of Sensory Processing Disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorders as well as evidence-based in both subjects. The course will explore how osteopathy may potentially influence the well-functioning of the disrupted senses and the disrupted gut-brain axis. It will also explore evidence of therapeutic manual techniques that may be used to assess and treat Praxis dysfunctions and gastrointestinal symptoms in children. The course aims to help your understanding and improve your skills in the possible application of general osteopathic approach to sensory integration and visceral osteopathic techniques on autistic children suffering from gastrointestinal symptoms. There will be an opportunity for hands-on practical skills.
Proposed curriculum delivered in 3 days:
Use of the senses
The role of oral processing in dynamic sensory perception
Normal Sensory integration and movement (PRAXIS)
Disorders of the PRAXIS
Sensory Processing Disorders
Sensory integration Treatment
Reaching a diagnosis
Working in conjunction with other professionals
Examples of cases
Sensory Processing what to expect
How to measure progress
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Background and Definition
Social Communication; Social Interaction & Social imagination
Normal development x Autism
Evidence Base GI dysfunction in Autism
Gut– Brain connection
Important information for Case History Taking
Introduction to practical
GI anatomy and Landmarks
Palpation – Landmarks identification
Examination and possible treatment of one or two autistic patients at Panta Rhei clinic.
Please note that this section of the class is highly dependent on the patient and on the case presentation. It is also dependent on the behaviour displayed by the autistic child. The students may only observe how the patient is treated and may not interact with the patient as this may disrupt the session and may cause distress to the patient and the parents. If the practitioner feels that the patient is in distress the session will be discontinued.
Dr Iona Bramati has been awarded a PhD in recognition of her work on the ‘Effects of Visceral Osteopathic Techniques on the behaviour and Gastrointestinal function of autistic children”.
Her PhD was awarded by the University of Westminster in collaboration with King’s College Hospital, endorsed by the National Autistic Society (NAS) supported by the British College of Osteopathy Medicine (BCOM) and sponsored via the British Naturopathic and Osteopathic Association (BNOA) grant.
Dr Bramati, PhD, was recognised at the ICAOR10 for her outstanding research on the treatment of gastrointestinal symptoms in autism using visceral osteopathy. She was honoured with the Elsevier/International Conference on the Advancement of Osteopathic Research – New Researcher Prize.
Dr Bramati sees a wide variety of patients with a particular focus on paediatrics and autistic children. She is the only professional in the world with a PhD in the effects of Visceral Osteopathic Technique applied to autistic children, and is incredibly passionate about integrating and elevating the services provided to the children, their parents and carers.