DNS – Pediatric Course “Part I” – Seattle 2019
October 24 @ 8:00 am - October 27 @ 5:00 pm PDT$1095 – $1295
This is a 4-day course for new attendees who have never attended any DNS course previously. In DNS Pediatric Course "Part I", attendees will:
Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of developmental kinesiology with an emphasison development during the first year of life. Basic sagittal stabilization, postural-locomotion function, stepping forward and supporting extremity function.
Describe the basis for primitive reflexes and postural reactions and their roles in developmental kinesiology.
Assessment of baby’s developmental age. Developmental and chronological age correlation (baby demonstration)
Describe the relationship between development during the first year of life and pathology of the locomotor system in adulthood.
Assess the integrated stabilizing system of the spine both visually and utilizing dynamic functional DNS tests
Evaluate and correct poor respiratory patterns.
Demonstrate a basic understanding of the principles of reflex locomotion:locomotor patterns - stepping and support function and stimulation zones.
Perform the basic techniques for reflex locomotion, i.e. reflex turning 1, and reflex creeping: initial positioning and anticipated movements, key zones and their vectors.
Use DNS principles for baby handling
About Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS)
The nervous system establishes programs that control human posture, movement and gait. This ‘motor control’ is largely established during the first critical years of life. Therefore, the “Prague School” emphasizes neurodevelopmental aspects of motor control in order to assess and restore dysfunction of the locomotor system and associated syndromes.
The “Prague School” of Rehabilitation and Manual Medicine was established by key neurologists/physiatrists, all of whom were giants in the 20th Century rehabilitation movement: Professors’ Vaclav Vojta, Karel Lewit, Vladimir Janda, and Frantisek Vele.
Based upon the groundbreaking neurodevelopmental and rehabilitation principles described by these mentors, Pavel Kolar has organized the next generation of clinical protocols that are designed to restore and stabilize locomotor function. This new rehabilitation approach is called Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS).
About the Instructor
Julia Demekova has been working as a physiotherapist at the Rehabilitation Clinic, University Hospital Motol, 2nd School of Medicine, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. She also acts as a lecturer at Charles University, 2nd School of Medicine teaching physical therapy to both students of physiotherapy undergraduate program and medical students.
Julia Demekova achieved Master’s Degree in Physiotherapy in 2007, Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic. In 2006 she completed a course in Reflex Locomotion according to Vojta focusing on the treatment of adult patients. She has worked in the ‘Lipová the Spa’ at the out-patient unit focusing on treatment of overweight patients, coordinating the organization of the controlled movement therapy and dietetic restrictions. In 2006-2009 she acted as assisting instructor in Manual Medicine Courses.
Since 2009 Julia Demekova works as a full-time active member of the rehabilitation stuff at the Rehabilitation clinic, University Hopsital Motol in Prague, achieving an extensive experience with functional assessment and treatment of patients with various types of neurological, musculoskeletal and orthopedic diagnoses, and also with pediatric clients. She works at both in- and out patient departments at the Motol rehabilitation Clinic as well as at the Spinal Unit and Pain Management Center.
Julia Demekova closely works under Professor Pavel Kolar’s supervision, becoming an expert in the Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization approach. Ms. Demekova has acted as an instructor in Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization since 2010. She has been teaching the DNS courses in Czech Republic, Slovakia and other European countries and in North America.
Participants who would like to take part in the educational track towards becoming a certified practitioner can take this exam for an additional fee. Participants are required to return the test to the Prague School instructor within 8 weeks following the course.
Upon successful completion and passing of the test, a “Certificate of ACHIEVEMENT” from the Prague School of Rehabilitation will be awarded.
DNS Pediatric 1 test:
The test consists of 40 multiple choice questions and 10 picture questions.
Test fee: 50 Euros