PABC Course: Defying Gravity - Understanding and Treating Children with Low Tone

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Course Description:

Hypotonia is a common denominator for many children presently referred for Physical and Occupational Therapy. This 2-day course focuses on the integration of different treatment approaches when providing services for children who display the clinical signs of low tone. The nature of postural tone will be explored with emphasis on research regarding the vestibular system and the contributions of gravity. The search for stability and motor development for the child with low tone will serve as a basis for understanding the challenges that life presents to such a child. Using a systems frame of reference, we will examine how difficulties impact postural stability and independent functional movement, including a discussion of diastasis recti in children. Techniques in Neuro-Developmental Treatment, soft tissue elongation, sensory processing and Dynamic Core for Kids will be presented within a clinical problem-solving model for assessment and treatment. The course will feature a combination of lectures, videos, handling labs and group problem-solving.

** Please bring your own clipboard and water bottle.


All participants are responsible for ensuring that they have a current license to practice from CPTBC. If participants are from out of BC, they must acquire a Temporary License from CPTBC. If you are unsure if you require this license, please contact

The 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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Oct 15 & 16, 2022
8:30am to 4:30pm
Produced by PABC
Event cost
$425 - $700
In person

Vancouver BC

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