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Practical Pediatric Physiotherapy 0-6 Months

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Practical Pediatric Physiotherapy 0-6 Months

Practical Pediatric Physiotherapy 0-6 Months

This course includes
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1 Year access after purchase
Certificate of completion

Course Overview:

Practical Pediatric Physiotherapy 0-6 months is the first in a series of courses designed to breakdown and explore gross motor development in the first 6 months of life.

In this course we will look at normal development, as well as common conditions and delays that usually require physiotherapy intervention.

The aim of the course is to give the therapist a toolbox of information, interventions and exercises to use in babies under 6 months of age.

This online course is designed to teach practical handling as well as give a greater understanding of the theory behind the choices of treatment.

Practical pediatric physiotherapy will introduce a new pediatric therapy technique - MEDEK Therapy, and allow the therapist to learn and become familiar with some basic exercises from the technique.


Short Video Overview of Practical Pediatric Physiotherapy 0-6 Months:


Course Objectives:

  1. To develop an understanding of normal gross motor development, from month to month, in the first 6 months of life. (Or corrected age, in the case of pre-term infants)
  2. To develop the knowledge of how to promote normal development and prevent delays.
  3. To understand common modern parenting trends that are resulting in delayed gross motor development, as well as the development of orthopaedic conditions caused by these trends.
  4. To diagnose, evaluate and treat various pediatric conditions that require early physiotherapy intervention and treatment
  5. To learn new and unique treatment ideas appropriate for each month and stage of development.
  6. To understand the theory behind treatment choices.
  7. To expand the therapists' toolbox of exercises and interventions
  8. To expand the therapists' resource list.
  9.  To introduce the therapist to new and current exercise techniques including MEDEK Therapy



Practical Pediatric Physiotherapy 0-6 months is open to Physiotherapists/PhysicalTherapists (PT) and Occupational Therapists (OT) working in pediatrics, or for those who want to learn more about gross motor development in pediatrics.

The course is ideal for new graduates in physiotherapy and occupational therapy who want a solid foundation in practical ideas and concepts to work with babies under 6 months. It will also help them understand the theory behind the exercises and concepts used to promote development.

The course is also good for more experienced PTs and OTs who want to expand and summarize their toolbox of ideas when working with this age group.

The instructors
Jo-Anne Weltman
Physiotherapist, Level III Cuevas MEDEK Practitioner

Jo-Anne is a physiotherapist with 30 years of experience working with children. Jo-Anne graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. She spent time working in San Diego, California and Auckland, New Zealand before settling in Toronto, Canada.

After spending several years working in government-based services, she started working in private practice, where she could provide a more specialized approach to the children that she worked with. Jo-Anne opened S.M.I.L.E. (Sensory. Motor. Integrated. Learning. Experience) Therapy for Kids in 2017, a private clinic that specializes in all areas of child development, to meet the demand for the level of care that she provides. She continues to research and find the best and most current treatments for all the children that are under her care and connects with specialists all over the world to achieve this. Many parents come to see Jo-Anne from all over the GTA as well as from the US and other countries.

Jo-Anne also travels to various countries to provide specialized therapy for groups of families who request her services. Her other interests include being involved with various pediatric charities and organizations supporting children with special needs. She is an education officer for the Pediatric Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA).

Jo-Anne has an open-door policy and invites therapists, nurses, doctors, high school and university students to view her therapy sessions and volunteer in the clinic. She hosts physiotherapy and other student placements from the University of Toronto, Queens University and Dalhousie University.

Jo-Anne continues to take courses to further her education and remain well educated in new and a variety of areas of pediatric rehabilitation. She is currently doing research on hip dysplasia in Cerebral Palsy. Jo-Anne is an advocate for children with special needs and their families and works hard at trying to make changes in many areas to help these children as well as increasing their general level of care by educating those who will provide care to them.

Course Material included in this course
  • Course Material
  • Course Slides
  • Introduction and Fundamentals of Development
  • Primitive Reflexes
  • 1 Month
  • Strengthening Exercises
  • Swaddling
  • Tummy Time
  • 2 Months
  • Strengthening Exercises
  • Plagiocephaly
  • Torticollis
  • Brachial Plexus Lesion
  • Club Foot
  • 3 Months
  • 4 Months
  • 5 Months
  • 6 Months
  • Conclusion and Extras
  • Feedback
  • Quiz and References
  • Quiz
  • References
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