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Dynamic Core for Kids Applied: The Challenge of Continence for Kids with Challenges

Dynamic Core for Kids Applied: The Challenge of Continence for Kids with Challenges

Dynamic Core for Kids Applied: The Challenge of Continence for Kids with Challenges

This course includes
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Lifetime access after purchase
Certificate of completion


Continence is a challenge for many of the families pediatric physiotherapists (PTs) and occupational therapists (OTs) encounter. But few pediatric professionals feel confident to address these needs, and standard behavioural and environmental interventions seem to fall short for atypical children (and some typical kids).

This 2-hour online module seeks to provide the pediatric professional with a new understanding of continence, through an exploration of the neuromuscular and pressure systems that contribute to continence (it's more than just a pelvic floor problem). New intervention strategies are provided to access these systems, taking into account the unique circumstances of children with developmental, sensory, and motoric challenges.

Practical approaches are discussed and demonstrated to simultaneously address the interconnection between postural control, balance, gait, constipation, and continence using several concepts basic to the Dynamic Core for Kids approach to central stability.


Learning Objectives:

  • The participant will be able to discuss the prevalence of continence issues in 3 different pediatric populations with developmental challenges.
  • The participant will be able to list 4 modifiable lifestyle factors that can have an impact on continence in both typical and atypical children.
  • The participant will be able to develop 3 constipation intervention strategies for parents to help prevent nighttime accidents.
  • The participant will be able to describe the link between postural control and continence control.
  • The participant will be able to integrate breath mechanics as a gateway for pressure management in 3 therapeutic activities.
  • Given a case scenario of a child with autism who has nighttime bedwetting, the participant will be able to propose a plan of care with at least 3 strategies to address continence within their traditional care.


Who Is This Course For?

This course is designed to provide the pediatric professional with an understanding of the neuromuscular and pressure systems that are crucial for the development of continence. It integrates current theory and practice in pediatric treatment with a systems approach that uses the diaphragm and breathing mechanics as an access point for management of continence, co-mingled with an improvement of postural control. Assessment and intervention techniques are provided to positively impact the development of continence for children with motor and sensory challenges.

The physiotherapist/physical therapist (PT), occupational therapist (OT) will gain an introduction to the theoretical basis and clinical reasoning for a neuromuscular and pressure systems approach to continence to create a foundation for clinically relevant programs from assessment to evidenced-based treatment plan of care (POC) development.

The physiotherapist assistant (PTA), occupational therapy assistant (OTA) will be introduced to the theoretical basis for the assessment process and reasoning behind an approach integrated with the therapist designed POC to aide with the implementation of treatment programs to ensure continuity of care.


What’s Included In This Online Course?

  • 2 hours of video lessons.
  • Bite-sized information: all of the content is broken down into bite-sized chunks, so that you can easily watch a video on your break, over lunch, or for a few minutes at night.
  • Lifetime access. You can return to this course at any time. If any material is updated or added, you will have access to the new content.
  • Certificate of completion. Once you've completed the course, you will receive a certificate for your professional portfolio.
  • Downloadable slides/workbook so you can follow along as you take the course
  • Access to this course is through Embodia, and although some of the content may be downloadable (such as a workbook or slides if included), the majority cannot. This is to protect the instructor’s material and to prevent the content from being shared freely on the Internet.
  • Embodia is mobile-friendly and can be accessed by phone, tablet, and computer.
  • There is no start date or completion date. You can complete the course at your own pace.
  • You will be sent a receipt as soon as you purchase this course. This receipt can be used for education grants and for tax purposes.
  • A Special Coupon for 15% off any other online course on Embodia Academy when you’ve completed this course!


Is The Course Eligible for CEUs?

This course is approved by ProCert, a program provided by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT), that measures the activity for quality against clearly articulated and thoroughly researched standards and criteriaPlease review all information provided as ProCert’s requirements are comprehensive and the process may be more rigorous than other evaluative programs.


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 us at 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.



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The instructors
Julie Wiebe

Julie Wiebe, PT, DPT has over twenty-four years of clinical experience in Sports Medicine and Pelvic Health, specializing in pelvic/abdominal, pregnancy and postpartum health for fit and athletic females. Following her passion to revolutionize the way women recover from pregnancy and injury to return to high levels of fitness and performance, she has pioneered an integrative approach to promote women’s health in and through fitness. Her innovative concepts and strategies have been successfully incorporated by rehab practitioners and fitness professionals into a variety of populations (ortho/sports medicine, pelvic health, neurology, and pediatrics). A published author, Julie is a sought after speaker to provide continuing education and lectures internationally at clinics, academic institutions, conferences and professional organizations. She provides direct care to female athletes through telehealth and her clinical practice in Los Angeles, California.

Shelley Mannell
PT, BSc , BHSc

Shelley Mannell is a Physical Therapist with over 30 years experience serving babies, children, and adolescents across a spectrum of neurological and developmental disabilities. She integrates a broad range of clinical skills and research to provide innovative neurobiology-informed treatment of children with movement disorders. Shelley founded HeartSpace Physical Therapy for Children in order to support clients and families as they matured through the lifespan.

Shelley began teaching as a clinical faculty member in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University and remains committed to improving the care for children through clinical research and education. Shelley is certified in both NDT and SI. She is also a children’s yoga and meditation facilitator and the co-creator of Dynamic Core for Kids, an evidence-based approach to central stability for children with motor and sensory challenges. Shelley also provides mentoring to therapists world-wide through her blog and her online program. As a respected international speaker, Shelley discusses the dynamic systems nature of the development of postural control and its application to assessment and intervention for children with sensory and motor challenges.

Course Material included in this course
  • Course Material
  • Welcome and Slides
  • Part One
  • Part Two
  • Quiz
  • Feedback
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