Course Objectives

© Copyright Viktor Kobes,Rehabilitation Prague School 1995 - 2014

© Copyright Viktor Kobes,Rehabilitation Prague School 1999 - 2019

Pediatric course part 1:

This is a 4 days course for new attendees who have never attended any DNS course previously.

  1. 1.Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of developmental kinesiology with an emphasison development during the first year of life. Basic sagittal stabilization, postural-locomotion function, stepping forward and supporting extremity function.

  2. 2.Describe the basis for primitive reflexes and postural reactions and their roles in developmental kinesiology. 

  3. 3.Assessment of baby’s developmental age. Developmental and chronological age correlation (baby demonstration) 

  4. 4.Describe the relationship between development during the first year of life and pathology of the locomotor system in adulthood. 

  5. 5.5Assess the integrated stabilizing system of the spine both visually and utilizing dynamic functional DNS tests. In DNS Pediatric course 1 pasrt we are introduced 10 DNS test. 

  6. 6.Evaluate and correct poor respiratory patterns. 

  7. 7.Developmental aspects of the foot – assessment and treatment

  8. 8.DNS principles for baby handling in positions that coresponds to developmental positions of the baby.

  9. 9.Demonstrations of baby assessment and treatment based on DNS principles.


  10. After the DNS Pediatric 1 course participants should be able to assess the spontaneous locomotor function of a child and distinguished between physiological and pathological movement pattrern. The ephasis is put on assessment of quality of a movement and assessment of the basic primitive reflexes. 





Pediatric course part 2:

4 days course

  1. 1.Review of developmental kinesiology covered in DNS Pediatric course part 1

  2. 2.Demonstration of babies:  Be able to recognize ideal and disturbed locomotor patterns and determine developmental age of the babies.

  3. 3.Baby handling – review of the principles described in pediatric course part I. Handling demonstration focusing on key body segments – head and neck, hip, shoulder. Handling of physiological and abnormally developing babies. 

  4. 4.Postural analysis & testing of integrated spinal stabilization system– review of tests presented in Course 1 and introduction to additional advanced tests.

  5. 5.DNS assessment and treatment approach to children with: poor posture, asymetry,  torticollis, hip and foot dysplasia 

  6. 6.Corrective exercises based on the DNS functional tests and developmental positions. Clarify how DNS corrective exercises can integrate with other exercise strategies in diagnoses listed above

  7. 7.Patient’s & parent’s education




Pediatric course part 3:

4 days course

  1. 1.Developmental kinesiology in CP children - Pathologic motor development functional assessment:
    primitive reflexes, postural activity and postural reactions in abnormally developing baby. Determine retardation quotient

  2. 2.Functional assessment of preterm babies, hypotonic children  

  3. 3.CP forms 

  4. 4.Locomotion stages according to Vojta 

  5. 5.Spastic types of CP – assessment and treatment strategy 

  6. 6.Dyskinetic types of CP - assessment and treatment strategy, differential diagnosis, functional assessment and DNS based treatment approach

  7. 7.Child with DCD (developmental coordination disorder)

  8. 8.DNS assessment and treatment approach to children after brachial plexus injury 

  9. 9.DNS assessment and treatment approach to children with myopathy  

  10. 10.Life patient’s demonstration

  11. 11.Hands-on workshops to refine manual skill

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