Foundation For Function

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Presented By: Shelley Mannell, Owner and Physical Therapist of HeartSpace Physical Therapy for Children

Course Description:

Postural control is widely accepted as the foundation for all functional motor skills; gross motor, fine motor and oral motor as well as phonation and articulation. However few therapists feel mastery in understanding the interconnections, assessment, clinical reasoning skills of treatment and development of home program strategies to address the various components of this complex phenomenon. This course is a deep dive into this subject; we utilize a contemporary model of postural control grounded in dynamic systems theory as the framework for developing the theoretical understanding and practical skills for 12 individual components as well as discussions of the interconnections between these systems. Each of the 12 modules includes an article for pre-reading, a lecture (with videos to illustrate concepts) and a practical application exercise. The total course is 6 hours in length plus readings and suggested practical assignments for a total of 10 contact hours. The purchase price includes 90-day access to the course and a curated library of articles and resources on postural control.

Learning outcomes:

Participants will be able to:

  • Explain 12 main components of a contemporary model of postural control.
  • Identify a selection of special topics related to each component and their relevance to clinical practice.
  • Choose appropriate treatment techniques to address deficits in each of these 12 components including 4 individual sensory systems.
  • Choose appropriate formal assessments for each of these 12 components.
  • Demonstrate clinical reasoning skills in developing an appropriate assessment and treatment planning to address postural control and functional motor skills for children with different diagnoses.
  • Build a curated collection of articles on postural control.

Education Level: Intermediate


Cost:$250.00 USD