Course Objectives

© Copyright Viktor Kobes,Rehabilitation Prague School 1995 - 2014

© Copyright Viktor Kobes,Rehabilitation Prague School 1999 - 2020

Pediatric course part 1  (24 contact hours)

This is a 4 days course for attendees who works primarily with pediatric clients.

  1. 1.Demonstrate an understanding of developmental kinesiology in depth with an emphasis on 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.Red flags in the development during the first year of life.

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

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

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

  7. 7.Clarify how DNS corrective exercises can integrate with other exercise strategies

  8. 8.Evaluate and correct poor respiratory patterns. 

  9. 9.DNS principles for baby handling in positions that corresponds to developmental positions of the baby age 0-7m. Devices used for carrying babies, yes or no, how and why?

  10. 10.Child with asymmetry (oblique neck, oblique pelvis, plagiocephaly and their consequences to the development)

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

  12. 12.Toddlers and preschool children exercises according to DNS, easy positions without differentiation

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 pattern. The emphasis is put on assessment of quality of a movement and assessment of the basic primitive reflexes. 


Pediatric course part 2:  prerequisite for Pediatric course 2 is Pediatric 1 course 

4 days course (24 contact hours)

  1. 1.Review of developmental kinesiology covered in DNS Pediatric course part 1,review of red flags in development, distinguish physiological and pathological development (cases)

  2. 2.Development of children between 2-6 years of age

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

  4. 4.Baby handling – review of the principles described in pediatric course part I (0-7m). Handling II age older 7m; demonstration focusing on key body segments – head and neck, hip, shoulder. Handling of physiological and abnormally developing babies.

  5. 5.Postural analysis & testing of integrated spinal stabilization system– review of tests presented in Pediatric course 1

  6. 6.Exercise toddler and preschool children in higher differentiated positions

  7. 7.Tests in pediatric clients – how to assess children in different age, modality (MABC, PDMS, TUG, 6MWT etc.)

  8. 8.Child with DCD (developmental coordination disorder), dyspraxia

  9. 9.DNS assessment and treatment approach in children with lower extremity problems in all three anatomical planes ( anteverted hip, tip toeing, in toeing, genua valga and vara, flat foot)

  10. 10.DNS assessment and treatment approach in children with poor posture and scoliosis

  11. 11.Patient’s & parent’s education

Pediatric course part 3:

4 days course (24 contact hours)

  1. 1.Cerebral palsy: development, classification CP forms, kinesiology aspects, way of treatment

  2. 2.Peripheral paresis – Obstetrical brachial plexus paresis, meningomyelocoele;

       assessment and treatment approach according to DNS

  1. 3.Premature baby, developmental consequences

  2. 4.The child with muscle tone disturbance (SMA, CMT, hyopotonic child, myopathy)

  3. 5.Young school age and sport load, growing problems etc

  4. 6.Older school age and sport load

  5. 7.Life patient’s demonstration, cases

  6. 8.Video analysis

  7. 9.Hands-on workshops to refine manual skills, work in small groups