DNS – Pediatrics Part 1 – Victoria 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 emphasis on 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

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Petra Valouchová, MPT, Ph.D.

Petra Valouchová, MPT, Ph.D.

Petra graduated with a Master’s degree from the Department of Physical Therapy at Palacky University in Olomouc in 1998. She specializes in locomotor system dysfunction rehabilitation. She achieved her Doctorate in Kinanthropology with a focus on Biomechanics in 2001. Her main interest is biomechanics and the kinematic analysis of gait.

Since 2002 Petra worked as a physical therapist at the Rehabilitation and Sport Medicine Department at the Motol University Hospital in Prague. She treats adults and children with movement impairments caused by neurological, orthopaedic and traumatic disturbances.

Petra is also a university lecturer of physical therapy and general medicine at the Charles’ University Medical School. Her lectures include Sports Medicine, Biomechanics, Bobath Concept and Vojta Reflex Locomotion methods. She has also specialized in surface electromyography assessment and has published several articles regarding surface electromyographical studies.

As of October 2011, Petra became Chief physiotherapist at the Centre of Movement Medicine located in Prague (http://www.cpmpk.cz)-which is one of the two private clinics owned by Professor Kolář-and oversees both departments of physical therapy since 2018.

Petra is a certified in Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization, Vojta Reflex locomotion principles, Mobilization and Soft Tissue Techniques according to Lewit, and the Bobath Method for adults. She also completed courses in Neurodynamics according to Butler, Quadrupedal Locomotion method according to Klapp, Taping methods including Kinesiotaping, Stecco Fascia Manipulation, and the Barral Institute method of Visceral Manipulation. Petra works closely under Professor Pavel Kolar’s supervision, she is an expert in Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization and is also a certified Instructor in Developmental Kinesiology and Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization since 2002.

She regularly teaches DNS courses throughout Europe, USA, Canada, South America, China, Taiwan, Indonesia and Australia. Petra has been a Fitness Step Team World Champion in 2003 and 2004, and European Champion in 2004. Petra currently resides in Czech Republic, near Prague with her husband, daughter and son.

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

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Step #1

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

DNS – Pediatrics Part 1 – Victoria 2023

DATE: September 7 -10 
Thursday: 8:00- 4:30
Friday: 8:00- 4:30
Saturday: 8:00- 4:30
Sunday: 8:00- 12:30
Total Body Health
#103 – 5118 Cordova Bay Rd
Victoria, BC, V8Y 2K5


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