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Beyond Weight Bearing: Developing Upper Extremity Function in Children and Adolescents

  • St. Mark's Anglican Church 203 Logy Bay Road St. John's, NL, A1A 3T7 Canada (map)
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Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists working with children experiencing neurological challenges will benefit from participation in this intensive upper extremity workshop. This 2-day workshop will combine lecture, lab and video presentation. Content will focus on the characteristics of development and the treatment of upper extremity use and grasp and manipulation in functional daily activities.

At the completion of this seminar, participants will:

  • Gain knowledge of the motor, sensory, cognitive and behavioral foundations for use of arm and hands for support, grasp and manipulation.

  • Observe and identify essential postural, sensory and perceptual elements necessary to use the arms and hands functionally.

  • Identify missing elements in children with developmental, neuro-motor or sensory processing challenges.

  • Set goals, plan treatment and identify strategies to optimize strengths and minimize barriers to performance.

Day One

8:30 am When in Doubt Treat the Trunk! Postural Contributions to Upper Extremity

10:15 am Break

10:30 am Trunk Lab

12:00 pm Lunch (on your own)

1:00 pm Treatment Demonstration

2:30 pm Break

2:45 pm Shoulder Girdle and Reach

4:30 pm End of Day

Day Two

8:30 am Treatment demonstration: Shoulder/Forearm

10:15 am Break

10:30 am Elbow, Forearm and Wrist Lab

12:00 pm Lunch (on your own)

1:00 pm The Hand in Grasp and Manipulation

2:30 pm Break

2:45 pm The Hand in Grasp and Manipulation Treatment lab 

4:30 pm End of Day


Payment will be accepted by Email Money Transfer (EMT). For registration link or for any queries, please contact Course Support at


$100 FOR Eastern Health Employees eligible for Janeway Foundation Grants

$200 FOR all others

Deadline to Register: Nov 1, 2019

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