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Course Objectives

© Copyright Viktor Kobes,Rehabilitation Prague School 1995 - 2014

© Copyright Viktor Kobes,Rehabilitation Prague School 1999 - 2018

Pediatric course part 1:

This is a 4 days course for new attendees who have never attended any DNS course previously.For those already familiar with DNS, whom have attended the DNS A course, it is a 3 day course (Students who have done some DNS courses previously may attend all 4 days of this course should they wish)

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

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

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

  5. Assess the integrated stabilizing system of the spine both visually and utilizing dynamic functional DNS tests

  6. Evaluate and correct poor respiratory patterns.

  7. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the principles of reflex locomotion:locomotor patterns - stepping and support function and stimulation zones.

  8. Perform the basic techniques for reflex locomotion, i.e. reflex turning 1, and reflex creeping: initial positioning and anticipated movements, key zones and their vectors.

  9. DNS principles for baby handling




Pediatric course part 2:

4 days course

  1. Review of developmental kinesiology covered in pediatric course part 1

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

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

  5. Reflex locomotion: Review of reflex turning I, and reflex creeping and introduction to reflex turning II and 1st position.

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

  7. 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

  8. Patient’s & parent’s education




Pediatric course part 3:

4 days course

  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

•Functional assessment of preterm babies  

•CP forms

•Locomotion stages according to Vojta

•Spastic types of CP – assessment and treatment strategy

•Dyskinetic types of CP - assessment and treatment strategy

  1. Minimum brain dysfunction, central coordination disturbance, developmental dyspraxia – definition,

  differential diagnosis, functional assessment and DNS based treatment approach

•DNS assessment and treatment approach to children after brachial plexus injury

•DNS assessment and treatment approach to children with myopathy 

•Advanced RL techniques and modification: RT III, RT4A, RT4B, Hanging position, finished flexion

•Life patient’s demonstration

•Hands-on workshops to refine manual skills