Foundations for Movement

Sensory Contributions and Postural Control

This course revisits early motor learning theories of the role of developmental movement patterns in the development of complex movement.  New evidence links these developmental movements (reflexes) closely with sensory processing, postural control and central core stability.

This two day workshop for Physiotherapists and Occupational therapists will enhance their therapy tool kit and detective skills for clients with sensory and movement challenges.  The application of this course is especially valuable for clients with diagnoses of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Coordination Disorder, Genetic Syndromes and Mild Motor Impairment. A deeper understanding of the interaction between the visual/ vestibular systems and postural control will anchor together this holistic approach.  Through lecture, videotapes, treatment demonstration and practical lab experiences we will explore assessment and treatment in a variety of individuals with motor challenges.


  1. The learner will develop a working model for assessment of developmental movement patterns.
  2. The learner will develop an understanding of the role of sensory input and processing in the expression of developmental movement patterns.
  3. The learner will develop an understanding of developmental movement patterns and their function in typical development.
  4. The learner will develop an understanding of the role of the developmental movement patterns in core stability and postural control


Day One

8:30 –   10:30               Sensory Contributions to the Developmental Movement Patterns:

The link between DMP and sensory integration

10:45 – 12:00              Flexion and Extension as an aspect of Posture

Lecture and Lab


1:00 – 2:00                  Moro Response, Fear and Arousal Lecture and Lab

2:00 – 4:00                  Vestibular System, Developmental Movement Patterns and Posture

4:00 – 4:30                  Practicum Lab


Day Two

8:30 – 10:00                Asymmetry, Sensation and Posture Lecture and Lab

10:00 – 11:00              Symmetry, Sensation and Posture Lecture and Lab

11:00 -12:00                Core Stability and Postural Control


1:00 – 2:30                  Alignment and Facilitation lab

2:45 – 4:00                  Equilibrium Reactions, Posture and Facilitation Lecture and Lab