Course Objectives

Pediatric course part 1  (24 contact hours)

This is a4 days coursefor attendees who works primarily with pediatric clients.

  • 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. Describe the basis for primitive reflexes and postural reactions and their roles in developmental kinesiology.
  • 3. Red flags in the development during the first year of life.
  • 4. Assessment of baby’s developmental age. Developmental and chronological age correlation (baby demonstration)
  • 5. Describe the relationship between development during the first year of life and pathology of the locomotor system in adulthood.
  • 6. Assess the integrated stabilizing system of the spine both visually and utilizing dynamic functional DNS tests in children. 
  • 7. Clarify how DNS corrective exercises can integrate with other exercise strategies
  • 8. Evaluate and correct poor respiratory patterns.
  • 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. Child with asymmetry (oblique neck, oblique pelvis, plagiocephaly and their consequences to the development)
  • 11. Demonstrations of baby assessment and treatment based on DNS principles.
  • 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. Review of developmental kinesiology covered in DNS Pediatric course part 1,review of red flags in development, distinguish physiological and pathological development (cases)
  • 2. Development of children between 2-6 years of age
  • 3. Demonstration of babies:  Be able to recognize ideal and disturbed locomotor patterns and determine developmental age of the babies.
  • 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. Postural analysis & testing of integrated spinal stabilization system– review of tests presented in Pediatric course 1 
  • 6. Exercise toddler and preschool children in higher differentiated positions
  • 7. Tests in pediatric clients – how to assess children in different age, modality (MABC, PDMS, TUG, 6MWT etc.)
  • 8. Child with DCD (developmental coordination disorder), dyspraxia
  • 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. DNS assessment and treatment approach in children with poor posture and scoliosis
  • 11. Patient’s & parent’s education

Pediatric course part 3: 

4 days course (24 contact hours) 

  • 1. Cerebral palsy: development, classification CP forms, kinesiology aspects, way of treatment
  • 2. Peripheral paresis – Obstetrical brachial plexus paresis, meningomyelocoele; assessment and treatment approach according to DNS
  • 3. Premature baby, developmental consequences
  • 4. The child with muscle tone disturbance (SMA, CMT, hyopotonic child, myopathy) 
  • 5. Young school age and sport load, growing problems etc
  • 6. Older school age and sport load
  • 7. Life patient’s demonstration, cases
  • 8. Video analysis
  • 9. Hands-on workshops to refine manual skills, work in small groups


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