Pediatric Science - The Infant Course
For therapists and clinicians looking to gain an understanding of all things health and wellness for the client between 0 days old and onset of walking. A broad array of topics will be covered to enable non-specialist therapists to make critical decisions and interventions for the health of infants and their families.
Infants are a particularly challenging subset of the pediatric population. The guidelines, rules, and interventions we use to treat adults/adolescents either fundamentally do not apply, have not been validated, or must be altered in specific manner to the appropriate developmental stage. The challenges presenting in infants differ greatly from those seen in any other age bracket, most notably because the infant cannot directly communicate the subjective experience of symptoms to the clinician.
This has led to much hesitation and introspection across the various complimentary and alternative health professions when it comes to assessing and intervening with infants. This course will help to demystify all things pediatric as it relates to infants. What are the primary problems most parents have when presenting their infant to your clinic? How does one take a proper history? What are red flags in an infant? What is the safety, efficacy, and modification of many standard interventions when applies to an infant? What does normal (and abnormal) look like and how do we measure it?
Attendees will leave with actionable knowledge and infant-specific skill sets that can be applied immediately.
Infant Course Objectives
Participants will be able to
- Practice ethical, evidence-informed care for their smallest potential patients.
- Gain both general and specific understanding of vast knowledge base of pediatric and infant research, as well as fundamental sciences and assumptions from a broad array of professions.
- Understand when and how to apply and/or modify multiple common therapy techniques.
- Complete a meaningful history and physical exam on an infant patient.
- Understand the most common reasons that families seek care for their newborns, what the evidence suggests for these cases, and how we should proceed in an informed manner.
- Hold intelligent, collaborative conversations with other professionals when referring and co-managing.
- Intro to Infant Care for MSK Providers
- Meaningful Health Measures in the infant patient
- Safety and Consent
- Highlights in differences between adult and developmental MSK anatomy
- Review of progression of MSK development
- Driving forces in anatomical developmental
- Motor Development
- Primitive & Postural
- Milestones: Progressions and Positions
- Meaningful History for an infant patient
- Meaningful physical exam for an infant patient
- Review of red flags
- Discussion: Report of Findings
- Treatment options for the infant patient
- Manipulations, Mobilizations & Modifications
- Craniosacral Therapies
- Soft Tissue Therapies
- Movement-Based Therapies / Exercise
- More Treatment Options
- Patient Education
- Infant handling & development
- Home Exercise Interventions
- SPECIAL TOPIC - Feeding assessment & support
- SPECIAL TOPIC - Torticollis
- SPECIAL TOPIC - NSDP
- SPECIAL TOPIC - Infant handling and carrying (for practitioners & parents)
Dr Amanda Stevens
Dr Amanda Stevens holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology (psychology focus), a Master's of Science in Applied Clinical Nutrition (developmental focus) and a Doctor of Chiropractic. She currently acts as Study Coordinator for the North American division for the COURSE study on adolescent pain through Parker University, as well as a Subject Matter Expert on Pediatric Nutrition for Logan University's developing Masters of Science in Integrative Pediatrics.
Dr Stevens has been surrounded by developmental health and interventions from a very young age. Growing up, she had a younger sibling who was failing to thrive. As a result of her parents' seeking the best possible care for him, Amanda got to experience a strong and collaborative multidisciplinary approach to pediatric care, resulting in thriving health for her sibling. This encouraged Dr Amanda to focus all of her future education on further understanding the developing systems of children so that she might help others find the same success.
Aside from three university degrees focused on developmental health, Dr Amanda has also pursued extensive post graduate education such as D.N.S., Reflex Locomotion, ICPA, Intersect 4 Kids, Pediatric Summits, ACA specialty courses, and regular topical reviews of the research. Dr Amanda is actively involved in pediatric research efforts through practice-based research networks, safety studies, and guideline initiatives.
Referring to herself as a "developmental" chiropractor, Dr Stevens owns and operates a pediatric- and pregnancy-focused clinic in Kelowna, BC.
Pediatric Science – The Infant Course – Toronto 2023