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Dynamic Core for Kids Online: Module 1

Dynamic Core for Kids Online

Module 1

Shelley Manell, PT
Julie Wiebe, PT

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Course Description:

Therapists document challenges with the core and postural control in the majority of children who are experiencing motor challenges, regardless of diagnosis: ASD, CP, DCD, hypotonia. Dynamic Core for Kids is a new approach that will equip the pediatric professional with effective tools to build core stability for children with challenges. In Module One, viewers are introduced to the theory, evidence and concepts for the Dynamic Core approach, a neuromuscular and systems based strategy using breath as an accessible gateway for Core recruitment in the pediatric population.

Shelley Mannell, PT and Julie Wiebe, PT developed and presented an online 2-day professional development course to a live audience. Each module builds on the previous presentation (wifi connectivity on the course created occasional loss of video signal). The complete course recording, Modules 1-7, is offered as a bundled, discounted purchase.

When you’re hungry for more, you can purchase the rest of the modules by buying Modules 2-7 here.

Online Course FAQ’s: Total run time is approximately 15 hours of content. Each single viewer purchase allows for unlimited access: review, re-watch, rewind as often as you need to for as long as you like. The online course is essentially identical to the live version, but has boosted content (more mini-case studies, videos, cues, self-labs, evidence, etc.) to facilitate independent learning.

Course Objectives:

  1. By the end of this online course the participant will be able to articulate the difference between a musculoskeletal interpretation of core strength and the neuromuscular, systems approach of core strategy.
  2. By the end of this online course the participant will be able to identify the roles of the 4 muscular components of the anticipatory core team to prepare for postural control in movement.
  3. By the end of this online course the participant will be able to describe the order of muscular recruitment from deep to superficial for postural control in a reaching task.
  4. By the end of this online course the participant will be able to articulate the development of the anticipatory core components in a child with a typically developing neurologic system in the first 2 years of life.
  5. By the end of this online course the participant will be able to articulate the development of the anticipatory core components in a child with a atypically developing neurologic system in the first 2 years of life.
  6. By the end of this online course the participant will be able to teach a child’s parent to use breath mechanics at home to facilitate core control for a functional movement such as sit-to-stand.

Course Audience:

This course is designed to integrate current theory and practice in pediatric treatment with a systems approach that uses diaphragm and breathing mechanics as an access point for core stability for children. This provides an attainable and accessible starting point to impact multiple systems that are intertwined with core stability: alignment, postural control, balance, sensory processing and emotional self-regulation as well as functional gross and fine motor skills.

The PT/OT/SLP will gain the theoretical basis, clinical reasoning, treatment strategies and exercise progressions for a neuromuscular systems approach to core stability to create a foundation for clinically relevant programs from assessment to evidenced based treatment planof care (POC) development. Co-professional collaboration and referral will be stressed.

The PTA/COTA/SLPA will gain insight to the theoretical basis for the assessment process, and reasoning behind the approach integrated into the therapist designed POC to aide with implementation and progression of treatment strategies and exercise programs to insure continuity of care.

Detailed Schedule PDF

Course Schedule: (appx 2 hrs)

Module One:

An in-depth discussion of the theory, evidence and concepts for the Dynamic Core approach, a neuromuscular and systems based path to creating core stability in children with challenges. The diaphragm is presented as the intersection of multiple systems, with breath mechanics as an accessible gateway to a new pediatric model of dynamic trunk and pelvic control. The development of (a neuromuscular) core strategy in typically and atypically developing children is presented.

I need a Certificate of Completion

After you have completed the course modules, look for a link “I need a certificate of completion” at the bottom of the course page. Click the link to be directed to your post-test at www.classmarker.com. You must score a minimum of 70% on this test in order to receive the certificate. After you have submitted the test, you will be provided with the option to download your certificate of completion. In addition, click the link to be directed to a course self-refection to optimize the application of your learning to clinical practice. Please follow the provided link to complete the course evaluation. We value your feedback!

Is the course eligible for CEU's?

The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) has approved and awarded this course 2 Continuing Competence Units (CCUs). CCUs are accepted by 34 state boards and will be translated by them into either CEUs or hours depending on which your state board awards. Please be advised this may not directly correlate with the number of CCUs awarded, nor to the number of contact hours of the actual course. You need to contact your board to understand how the CCU’s will be convert-ed to the “currency” of your board. To receive CEUs you must complete the course and pass the post-test with a minimum of 70%. Please click here to see if your state board accepts the FSBPT approval. (Currently we are pursuing recertification for this course).

Computer Compatibility Needs

This course is hosted on the teachable.com online streaming service designed to handle any system setup. So if you have a computer and an internet connection you should have access without issue. If you have issues with a slower bandwidth connection then you can change the video settings to a lower quality to help improve any loading issues.

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Your Instructor


Shelley Mannell & Julie Wiebe
Shelley Mannell & Julie Wiebe

Shelley Mannell, PT

Shelley has more than 25 years experience treating babies, children and adolescents with physical challenges and gross motor delays. Shelley has been a registered Physiotherapist with the College of Physiotherapy of Ontario since graduating from McMaster University. She is a member of the Neuro-Developmental Treatment Association (C/NDT) and is a regular contributor to various newsletters and online forums.

Shelley began her career in pediatrics at the Niagara Children’s Centre. During her time at the centre she served children in the schools and as outpatients, was coordinator of Orthotic Clinic and served as a founding member of the Early Intervention Team. In 1997 she created HeartSpace Physical Therapy for Children in order to balance her career as a Physical Therapist with her role as a mother.

Shelley has extensive post-graduate study. She is certified in pediatric Neuro-Developmental Treatment (C/NDT) and has completed all her pediatric NDT advanced courses. In addition she has extensive training in Myofascial Release, Craniosacral Therapy, developmental biomechanics and sensory processing intervention as well as attachment theory and treatment. Shelley is also a certified children’s yoga teacher and meditation facilitator and has developed the HeartSpace Yoga and Meditation programme which offers yoga and meditation for children with sensory and motor challenges. Most recently Shelley has co-created the Dynamic Core for Kids approach for the treatment of core stability in children with Julie Wiebe PT.

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Julie Wiebe, DPT (Candidate), MPT, PT

Julie Wiebe, PT has over twenty years of clinical experience in both Sports Medicine and Women’s Health. Following her passion to revolutionize the way women recover from pregnancy and return to high levels of fitness, she has pioneered an integrative approach to promote women’s health in and through fitness.

Her Diaphragm/Pelvic Floor Piston Science concepts have been successfully incorporated by rehab practitioners and fitness professionals into a variety of populations. A published author, Julie is a sought after speaker to provide continuing education and lectures internationally at clinics, academic institutions, conferences and professional organizations.

Julie maintains a clinical practice in Los Angeles and shares her approach for post pregnancy and pelvic health recovery and return to fitness with women worldwide through online courses.

When not trying to change the world one pelvic floor at a time, Julie is happy to focus on her first passions: being mom to the Z’s (Zoe and Zack), and wife to David.

Follow it all and join the conversation with Julie on instagram, twitter and Facebook. Get your questions answered by Julie and find more content on You Tube.

Contact Julie at [email protected]

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Course Curriculum


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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
Can I share a course with a friend or colleague? How does the group discount work?
Each course purchase is for a single viewer only, and may not be shared. If you are interested in group/staff viewing, please contact Shelley Mannell at [email protected] to arrange a group discount code specifically for your group. The larger the group, the larger the discount. Each individual must purchase separately with the discount code, and agree to the terms and conditions (legal). This provides each participant with their own copy to review at their pace, in addition to the opportunity to interact with colleagues as you all work collectively through the material. Real time group online mentoring for Q and A is available with Shelley to support your distance learning as you work through each module or after completing the course. Contact Shelley at [email protected] to set up a group discount and group mentoring.

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