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LIVE On-line Course: Dynamic Relationships in Postural Control For School Based Practice


Shelley Mannell, BSc, BHScPT

Wednesday – January 24, 2024

Early $225.00* | Regular $250.00 USD
8:00 am – 3:00 pm EST

*Early registration must be received 14 days prior to webinar (Jan. 11, 2024). GROUP DISCOUNT ALSO AVAILABLE! 

Children with sensory and motor challenges experience difficulties with postural control which impact their ability to organize their bodies in space. As such, postural control forms the foundation for participation in school but creates a barrier for children with challenges. Previous models of postural control were based on our knowledge at the time but their information and application in both motor and sensory realms are incomplete based on current research and knowledge.  This one-day webinar is an exploration of dynamic systems theory as the basis for a contemporary paradigm for postural control. We will discuss this model, emphasizing an expanded number of components and the dynamic relationships between components, along with practical information on the clinical application to assessment and treatment of postural control in children with sensory and motor challenges in a school environment.

This course, Dynamic Relationships will explore all 12 of the components of the Dynamic Relationships Model of postural control. The Waiting to Exhale course scheduled for March 18, 2024 introduces the Dynamic Relationship Model and then focuses primarily on the emotional regulation/anxiety component/anticipatory mechanism of the model, as well as an expanded assessment and treatment of the breath.

Shelley receives a speaking fee for her presentation. She has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.

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Learning Objectives
Participants completing this course will be able to:

1. Define postural control and list 3 reasons it is considered foundational for motor skill development.

2. Identify 10 components of a contemporary model of postural control.

3. Relate the dynamic connections between these components.

4. Compare and contrast the current postural control literature for children with different diagnoses.

5. Discuss appropriate assessment strategies for different postural control components that can be implemented in the school environment.

6. Illustrate appropriate treatment strategies for children with differing postural control challenges that address issues in the components discussed in the school environment.

Target Audience

Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists

Course Level



Shelley Mannell, BSc, BHScPT

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 education and research. Shelley is certified in both Neuro-Developmental Treatment and Sensory Integration. She is also a certified 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. www.heartspacept.com



8:00 am – 3:00 pm EST

8:00 AM – A 21st century model of postural control
8:30 – Muscle Tone
9:00 – Emotional Regulation
9:45 – Break
10:00 – Musculoskeletal Components
10:30 – Neuromuscular Synergies
11:00 – Anticipatory and Reactive Mechanisms
12:00 PM – Lunch
12:45 – pm The Vestibular System
1:15 – The Visual System
1:45 – The Proprioceptive and Tactile Systems
2:15 – Internal Representations and Stability Limits
2:35 – Cognitive Resources
2:50 – Q & A
3:00 – End


Educational Credits

A Post-Test will be required at the end of the course.

6 contact hours

Approved for 6 contact hours by NYSED’s State Board for PT.

Application has been made to NJBPTE for CE credit approval.

AOTA-Approved Provider Program

TSI is an AOTA Approved Provider of Professional Development. PD activity approval ID# Pending. This Live PD is offered at .6 CEU’s, Intermediate level, Domain of OT: OT Service Delivery. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.

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This course is offered for .6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).


Early Discount

Group Discount

Early $225.00* | Regular $250.00 USD

*Early registration must be received 14 days prior to seminar
VALID UNTIL Jan 11, 2024
 or more registrants – Early –  $212.94 | Regular – $236.60 (use code group3)

In order to qualify for the group discounted rate, registrations MUST all be received within 24 hours (of the first registration) if registering on-line, and in the same envelope if registering by mail.  PLEASE NOTE: Registrations received after a group has been processed will not be eligible for the discount.

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