Dynamic Core for Kids Pelvic Health Edition Day 1 (online)

21 Sep - 21 Sep 2024 @

Instructors: Shelley Mannell PT and Julie Wiebe PT

Continence is a challenge for many of the families encountered by paediatric PTs and OTs. However, few rehabilitation professionals feel confident to address these needs, and lack relevant tools to address them in the context of the clinical setting. Standard behavioural and environmental interventions seem to fall short for neurodivergent children (and many neurotypical kids). In this 2-day hybrid course Shelley Mannell, PT and Julie Wiebe, PT will equip the paediatric professional with an updated and accessible framework that integrates the postural control, neuromuscular, and pressure systems that contribute to continence (its more than just a pelvic floor problem). Providers will gain relevant strategies that complement their existing skill set to address continence control issues alongside other treatment needs while honoring the unique circumstances of families and children with developmental, sensory, and motoric challenges. Clinical reasoning will be offered to support application across the continuum of needs for both neurodivergent and neurotypical children from birth to adulthood

Day 1 Online The course begins with a discussion of the development of continence and toilet training as well as issues around bladder dysfunction (overactive bladder). Participants are then introduced to a dynamic systems assessment of continence challenges. New intervention strategies are discussed that simultaneously address the interconnection between postural control, balance, gait, constipation, and continence. Concepts basic to the Dynamic Core for Kids approach will be highlighted and expanded with a specific focus on breath mechanics as a gateway into the interlinked central control and continence systems. There will also be discussion regarding further interconnections between sensory processing, interoception and emotional regulation within the context of continence.

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