Pediatric Rehabilitation Course in Albany, NY

This is a one of a kind course offered in North America. While Vojta and DNS therapies offer theory and technique, little has been offered to the North American rehab community specifically directed at teaching functional pediatric assessment and treatment. This patient population is where neurodevelopmental treatment can be exceedingly beneficial; where clinical assessment is able to identify a developmental delay even before a medical diagnosis can be offered. Thus early therapy can be offered along with parental instructions to reduce the likelihood of dysfunctional motor programs becoming “hard-wired” into the plastic CNS of developing child.

Ryan Van Matre DC, MS has taken sabbatical under Drs. Maria Drewniak and Joanna Tos, MD at the Child Center in Krakow Poland. He has been certified under Professor Theodore Hellbruegge, MD for Vojta assessment and therapy under the Child’s Center in Munich, Germany. Dr. Van Matre has completed a Master of Science degree in Therapeutic Outcomes Research at Indiana University School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences with a focus on parental assessment of the developing first year child. His thesis advisor was Anna Dusick, MD, FAAP, Professor of Pediatrics CHS, Division Chief, Neurodevelopmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Ryan currently works with a diverse population from pediatrics to elite athletes.  He has lectured throughout the US and Internationally on movement assessment and corrective strategies.  In this course he will be covering functional evaluation, in office care, and parental home treatment for the pediatric patient.  Course will be combined lecture, demo, and hands-on.

SESSION 1: January 26-27, 2013  [12 hours]  Saturday 11am-6pm.  Sunday 8am-1pm.

Course objective: Being able to confidently assess the first year child for developmental age (as compared to chronological age) in effort to determine if a child is at-risk for developmental delays.

  •  Developmental concepts in pediatrics   – The Munich Functional Development
  • Diagnosis  – understanding normal motor and social development
  • Normal development periods for months: 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12
  • Vojta postural reactions   – Traction reaction  – Landau Horizontal suspension reaction – Vojta side tilt reaction  – Collis

Session 2: March 2-3, 2013 (Session 1 is a prerequisite)  [12 hours] Saturday 11am-6pm.  Sunday 8am-1pm.

Munich Functional Diagnosis II – Treatment

Course objective: This course will discuss treatment of developmental delays of the first year child.

• Developmental concepts in pediatrics   -The Munich Functional Development Diagnosis

  • Vojta assessment
    -Observation of child
    – Postural reaction assessment
    – When to apply therapy, reflex turning vs. reflex crawling
  • Vojta therapy, Phase 1 – Stimulation zones – workshop
  • Vojta therapy, Phase 1 – Combination of zones & workshop
  • Vojta Therapy, Phase 2
  • Vojta Therapy, Phase 3, 4
  • Vojta Therapy – modification
  • Vojta Therapy, reflex crawling
  • Spiral myofascial release according to Pfaffenrot – Spine, UE, LE
  • Orofacial therapy according to Castillo Morales • Clinical grand rounds at Krakow Child’s Center  (video observation)

References: Hellbruegge, T. Munich Functional Diagnosis for the First, Second and Third year of Life. International Institute for Developmental Rehabilitation, Murinjapalam, Medical College, Trivandrum-Kerala India 1995.

Register Online (or email jbrowndc at for registration by mail)

$300 part I only   –  $425 parts I & II   –   Students $200/$350
ISCRS members receive a course discount

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Chiropractic Continuing Education (CE )credits is provided by New York Chiropractic College (NYCC).  NY and other select states are preapproved.  They can be paid for the day of the seminar by cash or check [$40 per 12 credits weekend].


Course Location: [Note sessions 1&2 will be in different locations]

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Course discount available for ISCRS members

SESSION 1:  Rooms reserved under group code: VSRC  ($119/night)   – This is a 15 minute drive/ride from the Albany Airport.
Hilton Garden Inn Troy
235 Hoosick Street
Troy, NY  12180


SESSION 2:  Rooms reserved under group:  Pediatric Rehab Seminar ($101/night) 
Course will be at the Center for Natural Wellness(Massage Therapy School) on Computer Drive, just off Wolf Rd.  This is within walking distance (about 1/4 mile) from the Courtyard Albany Airport hotel, where rooms are reserved.

Courtyard Albany Airport
168 Wolf Road
Albany NY, 12205

Travel information:

Albany International Airport  (ALB)

Albany/Rensselaer Train station

Driving Directions: To Troy Hilton Garden Inn  Address: 235 Hoosick St (rt 7) Troy, NY

Vojta Principles- Advanced Course

vojta seminar with rich cohenReflex Locomotion according to Vojta – Advanced Course

This course is designed for those who have taken Reflex Locomotion previously with Dr. Cohen or who have other experience with the neurodevelopmental approach and reflex stimulation (Vojta, DNS, Dr. Ryan Van Matre’s pediatric course, or similar coursework).

Presented by Richard Cohen, DC

Certified Child and Adult Vojta Therapist


Course date: June 8-9, 2013

Time: Saturday 11-6. Sunday 8:30-1:00.

Course fee: $300. $265 Early registration discounts available through 05/20/2013. Special early registration discounts for ISCRS members and students.

Location: Troy, NY. Hilton Garden Inn

Course Details:

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Early registration discounts through o5/20 including student discount and ISCRS Member discount.

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 Course Location:

Hilton Garden Inn Troy
235 Hoosick Street
Troy, NY  12180
Group code: VSRC

Travel Directions:

Nearest Airport: Albany International  (10 min)

Nearest Train: Albany/Rensselaer Amtrak Station (10 min)

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