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

Sep 19, Thursday – Sep 21, Saturday 8:30am – 4:30pm

Cost: $650
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Beyond Weight Bearing: Developing Upper Extremity Function in Children and Adolescents

September 19 - 21, 2019,  8:30am - 4:30pm


- Kim Barthel,  OTR/L, C/NDT

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Course Description:

OT’s and PT’s working with children experiencing neurological challenges will benefit from participation in this intensive upper extremity workshop. Content will focus on the characteristics of development 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.
September 19, 2019
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
September 20, 2019
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
September 21, 2019
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,  OTR, 

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.

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Mary Bridge Children’s Therapy
402 15th Ave. SE
Puyallup, WA 98372
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Thursday, Friday & Saturday, September 19 - 21, 2019
 8:30 am – 4 :30 pm


$595 Early Bird (By 8/1/19)

$650 Regular cost (After 8/1/19)

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1.95 CEUs (19.5 Education Contact Hours)


Normajean Friend - Education Program Assistant

253.697.5225 [email protected]


Full refund of the course registration fee, less $75 administration fee, will be granted upon receipt of written request post marked 21 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.

Location Details

402 15th AVE SE-
Puyallup, WA 98372

Contact Details

[email protected]

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