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Dynamic Core for Kids Part One AND Dynamic Core for Kids Goes to School

  • 21-Sep-2019
  • 23-Sep-2019
  • Hampton Inn & Suites, Billings West


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Two Separate Courses:



$50 Discount if you register for this course(s) and the Missoula Summit on the following weekend!

Co- Hosted by the Montana and Wyoming State APTA Chapters


Location:  Hampton Inn & Suites, Billings West, 3550 Ember Lane, Billings, MT . 59102

Contact Hours:  14.5 hours for 2 day

Full Course information can be found by scrolling down below. 

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Handouts and Pre-Reading Material:

Day one

Day two

Pre-reading material and Anatomy Review

Additional Articles for pre-reading:

  • Anatomic connections of the diaphragm
  • How do ant/post translations of.....

Equipment Needs


We will provide snacks, but since there is no restaurant nor catering onsite, please bring any healthy snacks you may need throughout the day based on your dietary restrictions or needs.


Hampton Inn and Suites Billings West I-90.  3550 Ember Lane, Billings, Montana.  A room block will be held.  Please request MAPTA room block by calling 406-656-7511.

Cancellation Policy

MAPTA reserves the right to refuse/cancel an event registration. If MAPTA refuses a registration, registrants will be offered a full refund.

Registration Cancellation by Participant:

  • Cancellations will be accepted in writing via fax, email, or mail.
  • A $25.00 administration fee will be withheld when cancellation occurs up to ten days prior to the start of the event; 50% refund if cancelled 2-10 days prior; 25% refund if cancelled 0-1 day prior.


See below for daily agendas

About the courses:

Dynamic Core for Kids Part One: Treating Core Stability in Children with Challenges

Two Day Course, September 21-22, 2019

Course Description: 

Therapists document challenges with Core in the majority of their clients who are experiencing motor challenges, regardless of diagnosis: ASD, CP, DCD, hypotonia. Join us for a dynamic 2-day workshop that integrates current theory and practice in pediatric treatment with a systems approach that is anchored in a neuromuscular model of Core recruitment.

On Day 1 participants will learn how this “Core Strategy” is linked to effective self-regulation and also how it impacts the development of respiration, balance and functional gross and fine motor skills. A specific assessment model of the alignment, which is crucial to the function of the Core, is explained. Then the practical skill of assessing each core component in discussed.

On Day 2 participants will learn to implement Dynamic Core techniques in treatment and functional activities that have immediate application to a wide variety of clinical situations (direct treatment, school and home programs) in their clients ages 2 years and older. Case presentations will address how to develop Core Strategy in clients of differing ages and diagnoses. Participants will also discuss how to integrate Dynamic Core techniques with Neuro-Developmental Treatment handling skills and also sensory processing intervention to support a greater range of clients.

This course will be of interest to OTs and PTs working in all areas of pediatrics.

Course Agenda:

Day One:

8:00                           Registration

8:30-9:15                Intro to Core Strategy, Evidence Review

9:15-10:00             Typical development and the Core musculature

10:00-10:45           Atypical development: Motor/Sensory

10:45-11:00           Break

11:00 -12:00          Core Enhancing Alignment/Positioning (with Lab)

12:00 -1:00             Lunch (on your own)

1:00-2:00                Functional Assessment: Diaphragm with Lab                  

2:00-2:45                Functional Assessment of Pelvic Floor with Lab (external palpation only)

2:45-3:00                Break

3:00-3:30                Functional Assessment: Transversus Abdominis with Lab

3:30-4:00                Clinical Application: Alignment demo and practice        

4:00-4:45                Assessment videos

4:45-5:00                Summary/Q and A

5:00                           Adjourn

    Day Two:

    8:30-9:00               Q and A

    9:00-9:30                Review of important concepts

    9:30-10:30             Training Relationships: Linking inner core to postural muscle groups; Posterior Oblique Synergist

    10:30-10:45           Break (provided)

    10:45-11:45           Anterior Oblique Synergist

    11:45-12:45           Lunch (on your own)

    12:45-1:30             Lateral Synergist

    1:30-2:00                Client scenario: CP hemiplegia

    2:00-2:30                Client scenario: High functioning ASD

    2:30-2:45                            Break

    2:45-3:15                Client scenario: Hydrocephalus and cognitive challenges       

    3:15-3:45                Client scenario: CP diplegia

    3: 45-4:45               Group Case study: Host video

    4:45-5:00                Dynamic Core in Different Populations

    5:00                           Adjourn

    About the Speakers

    Julie Wiebe PT and Shelley Mannell PT


    Julie has over 18 years of clinical experience in sports medicine and women’s health. Her Los Angeles based private practice specializes in the return of women to fitness and sport after injury and pregnancy. She lectures internationally on pelvic floor and diaphragm integration into postural and neuromuscular control programming for orthopedic, sports medicine, pediatric, neurological and women’s health populations. She writes about and advocates for awareness of these issues on her blog and through social media.

    View her website for more information:  www.juliewiebept.com


    Shelley serves babies, children and adolescents across a spectrum of neurological and developmental disabilities. She integrates a broad spectrum of clinical skills and research to provide an understanding of movement across multiple domains. Shelley founded HeartSpace Physical Therapy for Children in order to support clients as they mature through the lifespan. Shelley began teaching as a clinical faculty member in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University and continues to participate in clinical research and education. She is also a certified children’s yoga and meditation facilitator. Shelley teaches internationally, discussing the dynamic systems nature of the development of postural control and its application to assessment and intervention for children with sensory and motor challenges.

    View her website for more information:  www.heartspacept.com

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