Start date
04 March, 2018
End date
04 March, 2018
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Development of postural control is the underpinning of all motor skills – it is crucial to efficient function. Many clinicians struggle with a clinical understanding of postural control and the role it plays in motor skill development.  This one-day course will overview the current research literature on postural control as it informs our understanding for treatment of children with sensory and motor challenges.  Within the framework of postural control we will discuss the visual, proprioceptive and vestibular sensory processing involved in primitive reflexes. The progression from primitive patterns to mature postural adjustments will be explored with emphasis on the development of central stability. Course participants will discover how the development of postural control is disrupted in children with Autism, CP, DCD and hypotonia and how to intervene.  Lectures, videos and practical lab experiences will enhance the participant’s clinical skills and will provide concrete strategies which can be implemented immediately in your practice.  

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe the development of postural control, including the contributions of the visual and vestibular sensory systems and the role of central stability.
  2. Discuss the role of sensory input and processing in the expression of primitive movement patterns.
  3. Employ a working model of assessment of core function in functional movement.
  4. Compare and contrast a variety of treatment strategies to address different levels of functional postural control in a variety of children with movement challenges.

*** Each course participant must bring their own yoga/exercise mat.

Format: In- person.   [No video recording as per instructor]



Shelley Mannell PT has served babies, children and adolescents across a spectrum of neurological and developmental disabilities for over 25 years. She integrates a broad spectrum of clinical skills and research to provide comprehensive services for clients. Shelley founded HeartSpace Physical Therapy for Children in order to support clients as they mature through the lifespan. Shelley began teaching as a clinical faculty member at McMaster University and continues to participate in clinical research. She is the co-creator of Dynamic Core for Kids, an evidence-based approach to central stability for children with motor and sensory challenges and a certified children’s yoga and meditation facilitator. Shelley lectures internationally, discussing the multi-systems nature of the development of postural control and its application to assessment and intervention for children with sensory and motor challenges.


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PABC Course Cancellation Policy

PABC Course refunds are issued for cancellations received 1 month prior to the event, less a $100 cancellation fee. No refunds are issued for cancellations less than 1 month prior to the event.

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Event Cost
$210.00 plus GST for PABC members, member contracted agency therapists and non-member contracted agency therapists; $145.00 plus GST for new grads; $265.00 plus GST for all non-PABC and non- contracted agency therapists
In person

Lifemark Physiotherapy Clinic - Chinatown
181 Keefer Place, Suite 230
Vancouver BC V6B 6C1

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