Dynamic Core for Kids: Stability In Action (in person) and Clinical Application Day (online)

19 Oct - 20 Oct 2024 @ Society of Alberta Occupational Therapists


Instructors: Shelley Mannell PT and Julie Wiebe DPT
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 DCD, hypotonia. Join us for an exciting live 2-day course that integrates current theory and practice in paediatric treatment with a systems approach that is anchored in a neuromuscular model of core recruitment.

Day 1: Clinicians will be introduced to an integrative model that uses diaphragm and breathing mechanics as an access point for core stability for children. This provides an attainable and accessible starting point to impact multiple systems that are intertwined with core stability: alignment, postural control, balance, sensory processing and emotional self-regulation as well as functional gross and fine motor skills. A specific assessment model of the alignment, which is crucial to the function of the core, is explained. Participants will also learn the practical skills addressing identification of the proper activation of each of the deep core components (Diaphragm, TA, Pelvic Floor).

Day 2: Participants will learn to implement “Core Strategy” techniques in treatment and functional activities that have immediate application to a variety of clinical situations (direct treatment, school and home programs) in their clients, ages 2 years and older. Case presentations will address how to develop Core Strategy in clients of differing ages (preschoolers, school age and teens) and diagnoses. Participants will also discuss how to integrate Core Strategy techniques with Neuro- Developmental Treatment handling skills and sensory processing intervention to support a greater range of clients.

Bonus content:

November 9, 2023 Online Clinical Application Day

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