Developmental Foundations Series

12 May - 23 Jun 2022 @ Online University of Illinois EITP

This series will deepen early interventionists’ understanding of sensory and motor development processes in the birth-3 age range through the lens of dynamic systems theory.
UNDERSTANDING POSTURAL CONTROL: Postural control is widely accepted as the foundation for all functional motor skills; gross motor, fine motor and oral motor as well as phonation and articulation. This webinar introduces a contemporary model of postural control grounded in dynamic systems theory. Each of the 12 components of the model and their interconnections are briefly discussed within the context of children birth to 3 years.
UNDERSTANDING MUSCLE TONE: We see many children with disruptions in muscle tone and the resulting fall out in alignment in the body. Understanding the different systems contributing to muscle tone and their interconnections can help practitioners appreciate the impact of tone on postural control and functional movement. Practical applications for optimizing early positioning will be discussed.
UNDERSTANDING THE CONNECTIONS BETWEEN EMOTIONAL REGULATION AND LEARNING: This webinar provides an overview of the interactive nature of sensory processing, emotional regulation and postural control in children birth to 3 years and how this may be disrupted in children with motor and sensory challenges. Focus on emotional regulation as a foundation for learning motor skills is discussed. The impact of stress and anxiety on sensory processing and balance is explored with a brief discussion regarding the nature of developmental trauma.
UNDERSTANDING NEUROMUSCULAR SYNERGIES IN MOTOR AND SENSORY DEVELOPMENT: Within the framework of the contemporary dynamic systems model of postural control, the early contribution of sensory processing involved in primitive postural movement patterns (=reflexes) will be explored. The developmental progression from primitive patterns to mature postural control will be explored in the context of core stability in children birth to 3 years.
UNDERSTANDING CORE STABILITY: Core stability is not well defined in popular culture however it is a central feature of the anticipatory mechanism of postural control as well as a defining feature of mature postural control. This webinar discusses the development of core stability from birth to 3 years, how it is negatively impacted by sensory and motor challenges and how professionals can support the development of improved core stability in young children.

This series is being offered through the University of Illinois for their Early Intervention Training Program. If you are interested in developing a training curriculum for your staff, contact Shelley at