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Core Connections – Exploring the Core’s Developmental Roots

October 15, 2016 - October 16, 2016

| $495

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Enroll by September 19, 2016

This course will provide therapists with a clear description of musculoskeletal make-up of the “core” and will cover the research-based neurophysiological rationale for evaluating core development and function in individuals with sensory processing difficulties. Core function will be explored from its developmental roots in the unfolding of the primary movement patterns (innate reflex development). Two key patterns (Moro and Tonic Labyrinthine) and their connections to core development and self-regulation will be discussed. A specific play-based observation tool that identifies core movement challenges and assists in prioritizing treatment strategies will be presented and explored through movement labs. Along with assessment, a variety of hands-on treatment strategies will be demonstrated through interactive labs. Video case presentation will be used to show practical clinical applications. 


Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
282 Washington Street
Hartford, CT 06106


Day 1: Saturday, October 15, 2016, 8:30am – 4:30pm EDT
Day 2: Sunday, October 16, 2016, 8:30am – 4:30pm EDT



Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the anatomical components of the inner and outer core.
  • Discuss the significance of vestibular visual and auditory input for core development.
  • Demonstrate three strategies that activate inner core for the purpose of stability and self-regulation.
  • Discuss the importance of complete expression and integration of the Moro and Tonic Labyrinthine reflex for core development and self-regulation.
  • Discuss the importance of respiratory patterns and their relationship to core activation.
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Continuing Ed

AOTA Approved Education

Vital Links is an AOTA approved provider of continuing education. Participants will receive 12.0 contact hours or 1.20 AOTA CEUs for this course.

AOTA Classification Code: Client Factors, Performance Skills, & Intervention
AOTA Target Audience: Occupational Therapy
AOTA Completion Requirements: Full Attendance

The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.


In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Vital Links will make every effort to honor requests for reasonable accommodations made by individuals with disabilities, including but not limited to written transcripts, multiple viewing attempts, and increased amount of time to complete training activities. It is a priority for Vital Links to ensure participation in all courses and activities for all individuals. Vital Links is committed to ensuring non-discrimination and to resolving any complaints related to a disability in a prompt and equitable manner.


Cancellations must be in writing and received by Vital Links two weeks prior to course; refund will not be granted after that date. Approved course refunds will be issued after the final course date (minus $50 processing fee). You may transfer full registration to another Vital Links course if you notify us two weeks (in-person course) or one week (online course) in advance of a course you are cancelling.

Vital Links reserves the right to cancel any course with due cause and refund in full. Participants purchasing non-refund-able airfare tickets are encouraged to inquire as to course availability before final purchase. Registrant bears sole responsibility for transportation to course. Weather or transportation difficulties are not the responsibility of Vital Links, and failure of a chosen means of transportation is not grounds for registration fee refund when course is held.

Course Materials

Each participant is asked to bring a yoga mat. Registration includes a Gertie Ball and a Power Up Ball, which will be provided at the course. The items will be utilized during workshop demonstrations and labs. Please Contact Us if you have any questions.

Purchase Orders

If you choose to register via Purchase Order, please attach a scanned copy of your completed and signed form to your “shopping cart” during checkout. Otherwise, you may fax the form to: 1-866-636-9720. Note: please add an administrative fee of $15.00 to each order submitted via Purchase Order.


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October 15, 2016
October 16, 2016
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Sheila M. Frick; OTR/L

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Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
282 Washington Street
Hartford, CT 06106 United States
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