Pediatrics – 2017 Overview

Pediatrics: Sensory-motor and Visceral Development in the First Year

The class offers the students an integrated approach to the treatment of children in the developmental stages of the first year of life, from the first suckling and breathing movements, to the time the child can stand upright. The student will practice how to combine the manual craniosacral and visceral treatment with an exercise and handling-based method to support the child in its developmental stages.

The class tracks the sequence of the sensory-motor development of the infant as it unfolds in its first year of life. It will also discuss the long-term costs of delays and obstacles in the developmental process, demonstrated and practice a series of craniosacral and visceral techniques to help with delays and obstacles in the developmental process.

The students will understand the interplay of sensory-motor and visceral development in in growth and developmental processes. The class addresses issues in the child’s health, and obstacles its environment. Craniosacral palpation of healthy physiology and the observation of movement patterns are explored in class, as are craniosacral treatment and possibilities for common dysfunctions. Students will be shown and will practice ways in which craniosacral and visceral therapy and visceral work can effect dysfunctions in the development of the first year.

Class content

– Sensory-motor and visceral development in the first year of life:
– First breath and lung development
– Suckling and cervical spine
– Prone position and abdominal organs
– Neck stability and Moro-reaction
– Rotational patterns and eye movements
– Transforming reflexes, developing reactions
– Logic of growth and self-regulation
– Development of the child’s inner world
– Language and cognitive development, transitional objects and development of the self.
– Evaluation and craniosacral treatment of developmental delays and obstacles
– Addressing adverse circumstances
– Shaping the therapeutic craniosacral relationship with a child and its parents
– The role of nutrition in growth and self-regulation
– Developing biological and emotional rhythms: Sleeping, nursing, digesting, breathing
– Integration of sensory and motor aspects in craniosacral treatment
– Inner organs as active support in developing the ability to sit, and to walk
– Visceral dysfunctions and resistance in growth and development
– Developmental requirements that enable a child to adopt a stable prone position
– The importance of creeping and crawling as precursors to sitting and standing
– Treating somatic, cranial and visceral dysfunctions with craniosacral work
– Toys, furniture, and clothes that promote or impede the development of movement
and stability
– ‘Handling,’ and modes of transportation that support or hamper the developmental steps