Course Descriptions

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Pediatric Rehabilitation

Advanced Dynamic Core for Kids: Pelvic Health Edition

Instructors: Shelley Mannell, Julie Wiebe

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 Participants are 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 and emotional regulation within the context of continence.

Day 2 In-person Participants will have the opportunity to explore both functional, movement- based assessment tools, as well as, hands-on external assessment of diaphragm and pelvic floor function for application in appropriate cases. Assessment of abdominal wall integrity, the significance of congenital Diastasis Recti Abdominis on continence and balance as well as treatment options/progression will be explored. (Attendance on Day One is a prerequisite to attendance on Day Two.)

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On completion of Day One, the participant will be able to:

  1. Discuss the prevalence of continence issues 3 different paediatric populations.

  2. List 4 modifiable lifestyle factors that can have an impact on continence in both neurotypical and neurodivergent children.

  3. Develop 3 constipation intervention strategies for parents to help prevent nighttime accidents.

  4. Describe the link between postural control and continence control.

  5. Integrate breath mechanics as a gateway for pressure management in 3 therapeutic activities.

On completion of Day Two, the participant will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a basic level of skill in assessment of components of the central control system – Diaphragm, Transversus Abdominis, and Pelvic Floor (including external palpation with consent).

  2. Articulate and identify functional and movement pattern deficits that reflect the interrelationship of central control and continence deficits.

  3. Discuss and devise intervention strategies that address balance, gait, postural control, and movement inefficiencies that simultaneously offer continence control support.

  4. Demonstrate a basic level of skill in assessment of Congenital DRA.

  5. Develop intervention strategies to manage Congenital DRA in different age groups/physical capabilities.

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Dynamic Core for Kids Goes to School

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.

Topics of discussion for the day include the relationship of breathing and core stability to alignment, toileting, emotional self-regulation, sensory processing and attention. Discussion of the need for the brain and body to move and the role of breathing creates a practical approach to supporting the whole child at school and at home.

A combination of lecture, videos and practical experiences facilitate an engaging day of learning that will equip teachers and parents with the know-how and practical skills to use in their classrooms and families on Monday morning.

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Dynamic Core for Kids Part One: Stability in Action

Instructors: Shelley Mannell, Julie Wiebe

This two-day course is designed to equip pediatric rehabilitation professionals with the knowledge, clinical reasoning, and tools to apply a systems based, neuromuscular central control framework to the specific needs of a variety of neurodiverse children: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Cerebral Palsy (CP), Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), hypotonia, and more.

Primary course content is divided into 2 days.

Day 1: Clinicians will be introduced to a neuromuscular, systems approach to central control (Core Strategy) that is distinct from traditional concepts of core strength. This integrative model uses the diaphragm and breathing mechanics as an access point for central control (aka core stability). This attainable and relevant starting point for pediatric populations impacts multiple intertwined systems including postural control, balance, sensory processing and emotional regulation as well as functional gross and fine motor skills. The development of and challenges to central control in neurotypical and neurodiverse populations are discussed. A specific assessment model of the elements of the central control system (diaphragm, abdominal wall, pelvic floor, and pressure system) is provided. An intertwined understanding of the influence of alignment and external support to optimize availability of the elements of this system is demonstrated.

Day 2: Participants will learn to integrate Core Strategy into treatment, movement, and functional activities that have immediate application to a variety of clinical settings (direct treatment, school, and home programs). Case presentations and small group learning will promote concept synthesis and clinical reasoning to implement Core Strategy in clients of differing ages (preschoolers age 2+, 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.


Course Objectives:

  • Describe the difference between a neuromuscular, systems approach to dynamic central control (‘Core Strategy’) and the traditional musculoskeletal, strength-based concept of ‘core stability’.

  • Articulate the differences in the development of Core Strategy between neurotypical and neurodiverse children.

  • Identify the contribution of efficient and effective core strategy to the development of emotional regulation.

  • Evaluate the behavior and function of the diaphragm, transversus abdominis, pelvic floor, and intra-abdominal pressure system, both as individual components and collectively as an interconnected deep central control system.

  • Develop a well reasoned thought process to individualize a treatment strategy that balances and encourages teamwork for elements of the deep central control system.

  • Provide alignment cueing and external support options to optimize availability of the elements of the deep central control system.

  • Utilize breath mechanics strategies as a pediatric-friendly entry point to access and encourage teamwork in the deep central control system and support movement and function.

  • Implement clinical strategies that integrate a deep to superficial framework of neuromuscular system integration as an underpinning for function, balance, gross and fine motor skills.

  • Synthesize assessment findings to develop a well-reasoned treatment plan for a variety of neurodiverse populations exhibiting challenges with core strategy in movement, balance, emotional regulation, sensory organization, functional motor skills and activities of daily living.


Course Schedule (subject to change):

Day 1

8:00 am Registration

8:30 Introductions and pre-work

8:45 Foundational concepts

10:00 Neurotypical and neurodiverse development

11:15 Alignment concepts

12:30 pm Lunch

1:30 Integrated systems – diaphragm

3:00 break

3:15 Integrated systems – pelvic floor

4:30 End

Day 2

8:30 am Q & A, recap

9:00 Children with neuromotor needs: Posterior Oblique Synergist

10:30 Break

10:45 Children with neuromotor needs: Anterior oblique synergist

Noon Lunch

1:00 pm Children with increased motor capabilities

1:15 Balancing anti-gravity flexion and extension

1:30 Small group learning and discussion

2:00 Creating rotation

2:30 break

2:45 Clinical applications,

3:00 Treatment planning: small group learning

4:00 Additional populations

4:15 Q & A

4:30 End

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Dynamic Core for Kids Part Two: Problem Solving

Instructors: Shelley Mannell, Julie Wiebe

In Dynamic Core for Kids therapists were introduced to the assessment of the Core and intervention strategies for children with motor challenges. Dynamic Core for Kids 2 provides the opportunity to gain an increased level of mastery with assessment and treatment planning for children with a variety of motor challenges. Day 1 will begin with review of the important concepts in treatment of the Core and update therapists on the current research literature. Opportunities for assessment and treatment planning will occur for the rest of Day 1 and Day 2 through video clips and problem solving. Therapists are invited to bring a video clip of one of their clients to share with the group. If you are interested in gaining an advanced level of skill with Dynamic Core for Kids, join us for an exciting 2 day learning experience. Participants for this course need to have completed the Dynamic Core for Kids 1 (previously Core Restoration for Kids with Motor Challenges course).

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