• Expanding Your Toolbox: Integrating Approaches in Pediatrics

    Expanding Your Toolbox: Integrating Approaches in Pediatrics

    13 Sep - 14 Sep 2017 @ The Bethany Auditorium

    Instructors: Kim Barthel OTR, Shelley Mannell PT

    There are many different frames of reference that blend together to form a holistic approach to pediatric intervention. Combining and integrating theories assists in deepening the detective work necessary for problem- solving and development of an optimal individualized treatment plan.

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  • Function From The Inside Out: Sensory and Motor Processing for Postural Control

    Function From The Inside Out: Sensory and Motor Processing for Postural Control

    20 Oct - 21 Oct 2017 @ Allegany College of Maryland

    Our understanding regarding the development of postural control is evolving with current advances in motor science research. This course provides an understanding of the developmental process of postural control as it underlies gross and fine motor skills.   Within the framework of postural control, participants will study the initial contribution of visual and vestibular sensory processing involved in developmental movement patterns (= primitive reflexes). The progression from early developmental patterns to central stability will be explored, specifically addressing the relationship of the inner and outer core musculature, and their crucial contribution to anticipatory postural control. Discover how the development of postural control is disrupted in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, CP, DCD and hypotonia. Lecture, videos and practical lab experiences will enhance participant’s clinical skills as we explore a model for assessment and treatment of postural control in a variety of individuals with movement challenges. 

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  • Introduction to Neuro-Developmental Treatment

    Introduction to Neuro-Developmental Treatment

    3 Nov - 5 Nov 2017 @ Hospital for Sick Children

    This 3-day course utilizes a hands-on clinical problem solving model. Typical motor development is presented within a systems perspective with the focus of study highlighting how musculoskeletal alignment contributes to postural control. The contribution of postural control as the foundation for the development of functional vision, upper extremity function, oral motor function and functional mobility is presented.

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  • Brave New World: Integrating Pelvic Floor Function Into Clinical Practice for Children with Sensory and Motor Challenges

    Brave New World: Integrating Pelvic Floor Function Into Clinical Practice for Children with Sensory and Motor Challenges

    18 Nov - 18 Nov 2017 @ Duke Energy Convention Center

    The concept of trunk and pelvic control as a foundation for functional movement has been widely discussed in children with neuromotor challenges. The term “core stability” has gained popularity in paediatrics, modelling the research and programming with adult populations. The pelvic floor is a key player on the core stability team, and conversely the rest of the team is critical to the function of the pelvic floor.

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  • Dynamic Core for Kids Part 1:  Treating Core Stability in Children with Motor and Sensory Challenges

    Dynamic Core for Kids Part 1: Treating Core Stability in Children with Motor and Sensory Challenges

    4 May - 5 May 2018 @ Renfrew Educational Services

    Therapists document challenges with core stability in the majority of children who are experiencing motor challenges, regardless of diagnosis: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Cerebral Palsy (CP), Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), hypotonia, etc.  Join us for an exciting 2-day course that integrates current theory and practice in pediatric treatment with a systems approach that is anchored in a neuromuscular model of core recruitment, using breathing as an access point for all children.

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