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Every Motor Event Is A Sensory Event First: Anxiety, Self-Regulation and Postural Control

Every Motor Event Is A Sensory Event First: Anxiety, Self-Regulation and Postural Control

Every Motor Event Is A Sensory Event First: Anxiety, Self-Regulation and Postural Control

This course includes
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Certificate of completion
This course was recorded in May 2022


The nature of the paediatric rehabilitation caseload has changed in the last decade. Many clients now present for physical therapy with sensory processing and emotional self-regulation challenges as well as postural control and gross motor deficits. The research is beginning to inform us of the inter-relationship between sensory processing, self-regulation, and postural control. Also, it is now recognized that self-regulation is critical for learning new motor skills. This creates a challenge for physical therapists: How do we integrate this research using practical strategies that support the goals of the child and family?

This online course provides you with an overview of the interactive nature of sensory processing, emotional self-regulation and postural control in typical children and how this becomes disrupted in children with motor and sensory challenges. The impact of stress and anxiety on sensory processing and balance is explored with a brief discussion regarding the nature of developmental trauma.
Finally, motor and sensory treatment strategies that can be clinically useful in physical therapy will be presented as well as practical applications of trauma-informed practice principles.


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Learning objectives

On completion of this online course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Discuss commonalities of the literature regarding postural control in 3 different clinical populations.
  2. Discuss the typical development of emotional self-regulation and list the difficulties encountered by children with motor and sensory challenges.
  3. Explain the inter-relationship between sensory processing, emotional regulation and postural control in children with motor and sensory challenges.
  4. Recognize 5 behavioural signs and 5 physical signs of the stress response.
  5. Identify the role of alignment in mature postural control and emotional regulation.
  6. Define developmental trauma and discuss its impact on postural control.
  7. Label 5 basic principles of trauma-informed practice.
  8. Understand the clinical application of these concepts through case studies.



This course is intended for Physical and Occupational Therapists, Speech Pathologists, therapy assistants, social workers and teachers who work with children with sensory and motor challenges.

The instructors
Shelley Mannell
PT, BSc , BHSc

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 research and education. Shelley is certified in both NDT and SI. She is also a 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.

Course Material included in this course
  • Module 1: Postural Control
  • Postural Stability and Orientation
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder
  • Feedback
  • Postural Control
  • Module 2: The Anticipatory Core
  • The Anticipatory Core
  • Feedback
  • Anticipatory Core
  • Module 3: Emotional Regulation
  • New Beginnings
  • Development of Self Regulation
  • Typical Development of Self Regulation
  • Feedback
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Module 4: Developmental Trauma and Stress Responses
  • Trauma and Stress Responses
  • Vision
  • Dual Tasking
  • Feedback
  • Anxiety
  • Module 5: Recognizing Dysregulation
  • Behavioural Signs of Stress
  • Physical Signs of Stress
  • Feedback
  • Recognizing Dysregulation
  • Module 6: Connections
  • Alignment
  • Feedback
  • Alignment
  • Module 7: Clinical Application
  • Case Study: A
  • Case Study: D
  • Case Study: K
  • Trauma Informed Practice
  • Feedback
  • Clinical Apps
  • Conclusion
  • Wrapping Up
  • Feedback
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