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Upcoming: Fall Conference  |   Missoula , MT  |   September 27-28, 2019

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, 6.75 hours for 1 day course

Full Course information can be found by scrolling down below. 

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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.

Dynamic Core for Kids Goes to School 

One Day Course September 23, 2019

This is a 1 day course, that can be taken separate of the weekend course.  Teaching staff, parents and other community members involved in childhood education are encouraged to attend.  OTs, PTs and Speech therapists are also welcome.  

There are many issues that underlie a child’s readiness to learn. Teaching staff face many challenges in the classroom (and parents at home) with posture, attention, difficulty sitting still, impulse control, clumsiness and more. Physical Therapists Shelley Mannell and Julie Wiebe present down-to-earth, practical explanations and tools for teachers and staff to help children optimize their physical, emotional and sensory foundation to support their learning.

Topics of discussion for the day include the relationship of breathing and core stability to alignment, toiletting, emotional self-regulation, sensory processing and attention. Discussion of the need for the brain and body to move and the role of breathing creates a practical approach to supporting the whole child at school and at home.
A combination of lecture, videos and practical experiences facilitate an engaging day of learning that will equip teachers and parents with the know-how and practical skills to use in their classrooms and families on Monday morning.

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

    Day Three:

    7:45                          Registration

    8:00                           Introductions

    8:15                           The Circle of Learning: The Brain

    10:00                         Break

    10:15                         Emotional Regulation

    11:15                         Core Strategy

    12:00                       Lunch

    1:15                         Balance

    2:00                         Oculomotor Skills

    2:45                         Break

    3:00                         Visual Spatial/Visual perceptual Skills

    3:30                        Activities of Daily Living Skills/Function

    4:15                         Academic Learning

    4:30                         End

      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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