Our understanding regarding the development of postural control is evolving with current advances in motor science research.  This 2-day course provides an understanding of the developmental process of postural control as it underlies gross and fine motor skills.   Within the framework of a dynamic systems approach to postural control, participants will study the initial contribution of visual, proprioceptive 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.  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 21st century model for assessment and treatment of postural control in a variety of individuals with movement challenges.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop the participant will:

  1. Discuss the development of postural control, including the contributions of the visual, proprioceptive and vestibular sensory systems and the core musculature.
  2. Develop an understanding of the role of sensory input and processing in the expression of primitive movement patterns (=reflexes) and their place in development of mature postural control.
  3. Develop a working model for assessment of postural control.
  4. Develop a working model of assessment of core function in functional movement.
  5. Discuss a variety of treatment strategies to address functional postural control using a dynamic systems framework in a variety of children with movement challenges.