Benjamin Shield, Ph.D.
Pediatric Craniosacral Therapy:
Children Ages 2 – 14
Each stage of a child’s development presents its own challenges for both the individual and the therapist. This course has been created to understand and specifically treat children in each of these stages of development.
Even the least complicated births involve some degree of trauma. This is true, as well, for the stages of childhood. This workshop utilizes simple and effective therapeutic techniques to help normalize the child’s structure, balance the nervous system, and resolve traumatic issues of the birth and childhood experiences.
Various childhood conditions will be discussed in detail. These include: autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, hydrocephalus, epilepsy, dyslexia, gastrointestinal disturbances, vision problems, otitis media, torticollis, sinus and respiratory illness, orthopedic conditions, orthodontic problems, as well as many other conditions involving sensory disorders, learning disabilities, and behavioral problems.
Special focus will be dedicated to the evaluation and treatment of children using an understanding of the Polyvagal Theory developed by Stephen Porges, Ph.D. We will learn to help the child cycle through chronic stress and hyperactivity, as well as chronically held depression and withdrawal. The goal is to bring the autonomic nervous system into balance and give the child greater access to more positive and socially engaged states.
The founder of cranial osteopathy, Dr. William Sutherland, often stated: “As the twig is bent, so grows the tree.” If we, as therapists, are able to normalize possible debilitating conditions and bring the child into balance, we may improve that individual’s life in untold ways.