• Introduction to Neuro-Developmental Treatment

    Introduction to Neuro-Developmental Treatment

    13 Jun - 15 Jun 2018 @ Make Way For Me Occupational Therapy

    This 3-day course utilizes a hands-on problem solving model. Typical motor development is presented within a systems perspective with the focus of study highlighting how musculoskeletal alignment contributes to the development of upper extremity function, oral motor function, phonation and functional mobility.  The systems  framework also assists when over-viewing atypical development of children with motor challenges and how these challenges impact alignment, self-regulation and motor control. 

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  • Every Motor Event Is A Sensory Event First: Anxiety, Emotional Regulation and Postural Control

    Every Motor Event Is A Sensory Event First: Anxiety, Emotional Regulation and Postural Control

    6 Aug - 7 Aug 2018 @ Ohio School Based Practitioners Summit

    The nature of the pediatric rehabilitation caseload has changed in the last decade. Many clients now present for Physical Therapy with sensory processing and emotional self-regulation challenges as well as postural control and gross motor deficits. The research is beginning to inform us of the inter-relationship between sensory processing, self-regulation and postural control. Also, it is now recognized that self-regulation is critical for learning of new motor skills. This creates a challenge for Physical Therapists: How do we integrate this research using practical strategies that support the functional motor goals for the child and family?

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  • Reflexes, Reactions and Beyond: A Dynamic Systems Primer on Postural Control

    Reflexes, Reactions and Beyond: A Dynamic Systems Primer on Postural Control

    7 Aug - 8 Aug 2018 @ Ohio School Based Practitioners Summit

    Development of postural control is the underpinning of all motor skills – it is crucial to efficient function. But many clinicians struggle with a clinical understanding of postural control and the role it plays in motor skill development. This one-day course will overview the current research literature on postural control as it informs our understanding for treatment of children with sensory and motor challenges. Within the framework of postural control we will discuss the visual, proprioceptive and vestibular sensory processing involved in primitive reflexes. The progression from primitive patterns to mature postural adjustments will be explored with emphasis on the development of central stability.

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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

    13 Sep - 14 Sep 2018 @ Children's Program Wascana Rehabilitation Centre

    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 functional gross, fine and visual motor skills.   Within the framework of postural control, participants will study the initial contribution of visual and vestibular sensory processing involved in primitive movement patterns (=reflexes). The progression from primitive 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.

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  • Trauma In The Body

    Trauma In The Body

    4 Oct - 4 Oct 2018 @ Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront

    Kim Barthel OTR, Shelley Mannell PT

    This workshop will provide a brief introduction to the connections between emotional trauma and the body by highlighting known biological connections that impact neurology, soft tissue, immune system and endocrine processes. Assessment of posture and movement as affected by trauma will be introduced with intervention options through sensorimotor play, and hands-on experiences will be a focus of the session.

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  • Dynamic Core for Kids Goes To School

    Dynamic Core for Kids Goes To School

    26 Oct - 26 Oct 2018 @ Rackers Centre

    There are many issues that underlie a child’s readiness to learn. Teaching staff face many challenges in the classroom (and parents at home) with posture, attention, difficulty sitting still, impulse control, clumsiness and more. Physical Therapists Shelley Mannell and Julie Wiebe present down-to-earth, practical explanations and tools for teachers and staff to help children optimize their physical, emotional and sensory foundation to support their learning.

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

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

    27 Oct - 28 Oct 2018 @ Rackers Centre

    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. Practical application of the information will primarily address children over 2 years of age.