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

Sep 13, Thursday – Sep 15, Saturday 8:30am – 4:30pm


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

September 13 - 15 , 2018, 8:30am - 4:30pm

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- Kim Barthel, BMR, OTR ,C/NDT

Course Description:

Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists working with children experiencing neurological challenges will benefit from participation in this intensive upper extremity workshop. This 3-day seminar will combine lecture, lab, video presentation and hands-on demonstrations with children. Content will focus on the characteristics of development and the treatment of upper extremity use and grasp and manipulation in functional daily activities.

Course objectives:

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, contact 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.  
  • Apply the knowledge and skills learnt to improve upper extremity function of children in daily activities.  

Day One
* There will be a 15 minute break each morning and each afternoon.
8:30am            The Neurobiology of upper extremity function
10:15am          Break
10:30am          When in Doubt Treat the Trunk! Postural Contributions to Upper Extremity Function
12:00pm          Lunch (on your own)
1:00pm            Trunk Lab
2:30pm            Break
2:45pm            Treatment Demonstration
4:00pm            Discussion
4:30pm            End of Day

Day Two
8:30am           Transition from stable posture to loading the upper extremity: Lab
10:15am          Break
10:30am          Shoulder Girdle Function and Reach
12:00pm          Lunch (on your own)
1:00pm            Treatment demonstration: Shoulder/Forearm
2:30pm            Break
2:45pm            Elbow, forearm and wrist: Missing links in placement of the hand
3:30pm            Forearm Lab
4:30pm            End of Day

Day Three

8:30am            The Hand and Grasp
10:15am          Break
10:30am          Treatment of the Hand lab
12:00pm          Lunch (on your own)
1:00pm            Manipulation skills: Understanding the motor control of manipulation
2:30pm            Break
2:45pm            Treatment of the Hand Demonstration
4:00pm            Developing treatment strategies specific to manipulatory function in daily activities
4:30pm            End of Day


Kim Barthel, BMR, OTR,  C/NDT 

is a world-renowned teacher and occupational therapist, actively supporting multi-disciplinary function and healing in many cultures. A pioneer in reinforcing the importance of relationship in therapy, she is known for blending cutting-edge developments in neuroscience with the art of compassionate inquiry. With 30+ years as an OT, Kim’s specialties include Neuro-Developmental Treatment, Sensory Processing, Complex Behavior, Autism, Mental Health, Trauma Informed Practice, and Attachment. To empower personal reflection, she recently co-authored the national best-seller Conversations with a Rattlesnake with NHL hockey legend Theo Fleury. Kim’s mission is to support the conscious evolution of the human spirit. 

Kim has had a vast experience in working with children since 1984. She is an advanced NDTA-OT Instructor, an author, consultant and co-owner of Relationship Matters Consultancy Inc. She offers workshops and mentorships to therapists in North America, Europe and across Asia. Kim’s personal continuing education reveals a passion for connecting with children with special needs and using the most up-to-date research in developing her therapy process. 



Mary Bridge Good Samaritan Children’s Therapy Unit
402 15th AVE SE
Puyallup, WA 98372
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Thursday, Friday & Saturday, September  13 - 15, 2018
 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

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Regular Rate $635


1.95 CEUs (19.5 Education Contact Hours)


Normajean Friend - Education Program Assistant

253.697.5225 MBCTeducation@multicare.org


Full refund of the course registration fee, less $75 administration fee, will be granted upon receipt of written request post marked 14 days prior to date of class. We reserve the right to cancel any course due to insufficient registration or extenuating circumstances. Please do not make non-refundable travel arrangements until you have called us and received confirmation that the course will be held. We are not responsible for any expenses incurred by participants if the course must be cancelled.



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402 15th AVE SE-
Puyallup, WA 98372

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