DNS – Pediatrics Part 1 – Toronto 2023

DNS Pediatrics 1

Learning Outcomes

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).

Your Instructors


Course Instructor: Julia Demekova, MPT

Julia Demekova MPT is a 2007 graduate of Palacky University in Olomouc in the Czech Republic. She has been practicing MPT in Lipova Spa for the past two years. During this period, she has co-taught courses on manual medicine - mobilizations and soft tissue techniques – in accordance with the techniques of Professor Karel Lewit.

Since 2009, Julia has practiced at the Clinic of Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine in the Faculty Hospital in Motol in Prague, under the supervision of Professor Pavel Kolar. From the commencement of her work at Motol, she assisted in instructing courses on Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization, in accordance with the methods of Professor Kolar. Two years later (in 2011), Julia become a certified instructor in DNS: the first and only instructor from Slovakia. In addition to this, during this time she studied the methods of Professor Karel Lewit.

Julia has wide experience with the treatment of neurological, musculoskeletal and orthopedic patients: she worked in a spinal cord injury unit since 2009 until 2015. She still treats both adults and children with a variety of diagnoses. Julia combines in her daily work her knowledge from a wide variety of different courses she has taken: Diagnostics and the Treatment of Functional Disturbances in the Musculoskeletal System (2007); S-E-T concept (2009); Sensory Stimulation (2010); Medical Taping Concept (2010); Quadrupedal Locomotion in the Prevention and the Treatment of Functional Disturbances of the Axial System (2011), Developmental Kinesiology in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Infants (2014) and Fascial Manipulations According to Stecco (2018).

As an educational assistant at the Second Medical Faculty, Charles University (located at the Faculty Hospital, Motol), Julia Demekova instructs students of rehabilitation. She also teaches students in Charles’ medical program.

Julia likes to practice sports medicine and has extensive experience with the assessment and treatment of the sports injuries of golfing professionals, runners, gymnasts and mountaineers. In her free time, she instructs a group on the conditional exercises for Jiu-jitsu. She has qualifications in TacFIT (Tactical Fitness - 2011); Julia is both a TRX and BOSU certified trainer (2012).

Julia has been an instructor in the DNS concept since 2011, and has taught clinical, sports medicine and pediatric courses in a variety of countries in North and South America (Chile, Brazil, Uruguay, Canada, Arizona, Ohio, New Jersey,…), Europe ( Spain, Portugal, Italy, Norway, Sweden, UK, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia) UAE, Turkey and Asia ( China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore,…).

Julia is originally from Slovakia and currently resides in Prague in the Czech Republic. In her spare time, she likes playing golf, cycling and practicing yoga. She loves traveling, meeting new people and trying local cuisines all over the world.

Additional Information

There are no prerequisites to attend this course. Snacks and coffee breaks included (Lunch is on own). A Certificate of ATTENDANCE will be awarded by local instructor.


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

Ready to Register? Start Here

Step #1

Purchase a seat in the course from DNS Rehab Canada below:

DNS – Pediatrics Part 1 – Toronto 2023

DATE: September 21 -24 
Thursday: 9:00- 5:00
Friday: 9:00- 5:00
Saturday: 9:00- 5:00
Sunday: 9:00- 5:00
Rise Chiropractic and Wellness Centre 
16 Newbridge Rd, Unit A 
Etobicoke, M8Z 2L7 


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Step #2

Click on this Button to go the Prague School Website and pay your Prague School Fee (80 Euros):

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