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The Miracle of Osteopathy for Infants and Children

Total Credits: 20 including 20 AOA Category 1-A

20 hours of Category 1-A AOA CME
Program Access:
Not Applicable
Osteopathic Center San Diego - San Diego, California



For more information or to register, go here to the OCA website.

2023 Pediatrics Course: The Miracle of Osteopathy for Infants and Children

Oct 13-15, 2023

Course Director: Mary Anne Morelli-Haskell DO FACOP FCA

Faculty: Mico Sorrel, DO FCA, Eric Dolgin DO FCA, Kathryn Gill MD & Wendy Neal DO

Course location will be at Osteopathic Center San Diego at 3706 Ruffin Road.


Osteopathy in the Cranial Field is essential for comprehensive pediatric care. Most of the common newborn issues from plagiocephaly, torticollis, reflux, colic and difficulty nursing have structural roots.

“Musculoskeletal strains on the newborn during delivery can cause problems throughout life. Recognizing and treating these dysfunctions in the immediate postpartum period is one of the most important phases of preventive medicine.”  VMFrymann.

All newborns deserve an osteopathic evaluation soon after birth.  Children and babies should be evaluated structurally, regularly as well as during periods of rapid growth, illness, and after any trauma. Issues in children such as autism, ADHD, cerebral palsy, neurodevelopment issues, orthopedic conditions and scoliosis respond to osteopathic treatment. Osteopathic manipulative treatment offers children support to achieve their optimal potential.

This course is designed to inspire physicians regarding the often life changing benefits of osteopathic treatment in treating infants and children of all ages and offers tools to assist in their treatment. It will include a review of embryology, pediatric anatomy, normal developmental tasks of newborns, infants and children and the effects of birth trauma, sports injuries, and concussion. There will be an in-depth review of the structure and function of the three body systems most prone to clinical issues in children: the respiratory system, the gastrointestinal system and neurological system, as well as discussion of normal structural development and the clinical significance of injuries.

What You Will Learn
• Learn one of the most primary life-saving osteopathic procedures for infants-helping them be able to successfully nurse and swallow
• How to evaluate infants for suck/swallow issues including lip, tongue and buccal cheek ties
• Understanding the anatomy related to breastfeeding, frenulums, facial and oromotor development
• The relationship between plagiocephaly, torticollis and tongue ties
• Osteopathic care for newborns and infants
• Anatomical differences to be aware of at different ages, including embryologic origins and how they affect osteopathic treatment
• Ways to approach parents, a pediatric history, structural exam and osteopathic treatment
• Palpating a shifting target (infants and children!)
• Normal dental development, orthodontia and TMJ treatment, intra oral techniques in children and infants
• Osteopathic support for acute and chronic issues in children including otitis, respiratory issues, digestive issues, autism, cerebral palsy, Down’s Syndrome, seizures, ADHD, sensory integration and learning disabilities, sports injuries, concussions, etc.
• Visual development, visual disturbances and treatment

This course has a 1:6 ratio of instructors. Instructors will be added as course fills. The Osteopathic Cranial Academy has requested that the AOA Council on Continuing Medical Education approve this program for 20 hours of 1-A AOA CME. Approval is pending.

Registration Fee:
OCA Member $1,495.00 (before Aug 1, 2023)
OCA Member $1,595.00 (on or after Aug 1, 2023)
Non-member $1,695.00

Scholarships:  The OCA Foundation will provide up to 10 scholarships for $750, for the first 10 attendees that apply.  Eligible applicants are students, residents, and young physicians in practice for 5 or less years.  See to apply for the scholarship.

Course Director: Mary Anne Morelli-Haskell DO, FACOP, FCA

Location:  San Diego, California

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of an OCA-approved 40-hour Introductory Course.

Course Schedule 

Friday, October 13, 2023

7:30 am            Registration (Breakfast on your own)

8:00 am            Introduction

8:30 am            Embryology: Function and Structure, Pediatric Anatomy, Developmental Tasks of Infants and Children, Warning Signs of Developmental Delay

9:30 am            Palpating a Shifting Target, Balanced Membranous Tension using Direct Action, Releasing the Sacrum (LAB)

10:15 am          Small Group Discussion

10:30 am          The Joy and Trauma of Birth, Vaginal/C-section birth, Torticollis, GER, Plagiocephaly vs Craniosynostosis, Brachial Plexus Injuries.

11:15 am          Decompression of the Condylar Parts, Atlanto-occipital release, Remember the Pterion. (LAB)

12:00 pm Lunch provided

1:00 pm            Occipito-Mastoid, Molding, Thoracic Inlet, Clavicle.

2:00 pm            Pediatric Digestive Issues from Top to Bottom: Suck Issues, Colic, Reflux, Constipation, Irritable Bowel, Food Sensitivities/Allergies

2:50 pm            Small Group Discussion

3:05 pm            Treating the Respiratory Diaphragm, Abdominal Fascia, Umbilicus, Intraosseous Sacrum and Sacroiliac Joints. (LAB)

4:00 pm            Tips on Management; Explain OMT to Parents.

5:00 pm            Adjourn


Saturday, October 14, 2023

8:00 am            Review

8:15 am            The Development of the Lungs, Evaluation of Breathing, Treating Respiratory Issues in Newborns and Beyond, Bronchiolitis, Asthma, Croup

9:00 am            Approaches to Lymph Drainage; BLT for Cervical and Thoracic Spines, Treating Ribs in Infants and Children. (LAB)

10:00 am          Small Group Discussion

10:15 am          Respiratory System Part II – Ear, Nose and Throat: The Common Cold and its Sequelae.

11:00 am          Venous Sinus Drainage, Temporal Bone Treatment, Intraosseous Treatments. (LAB)

12:00 pm         Lunch (provided)

1:00 pm            Neurodevelopmental Conditions: Autism and Why It Is Now 1 in 36, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Seizures, ADHD, Sensory and Learning Disabilities.

1:50 pm            Treatment of Plagiocephaly, Suck and Swallow Disorders, Releasing the SBS

2:45 pm            Small Group Discussion

3:00 pm            Gait Disturbances and Orthopedic Conditions; Scoliosis, Torticollis, Nursemaid’s Elbow, Club Feet, Sports Injuries, Concussions

3:45 pm           Treatment of Feet, Tibial Torsion, Patellofemoral Pain, Hips, Intraosseous Sacrum (LAB)

4:15 pm            Treatment of Children

5:00 pm Adjourn


Sunday, October 15, 2023

8:00 am            Review and Questions

8:15 am            Behavioral Issues, ADD, Enuresis, Encopresis, Tantrums, Role Modeling for Parents.

9:00 am            Normal Dental Development, Dental Conditions and Orthodontia, TMJ

9:30 am            Intraoral Techniques – Maxillary Spread, Vomer, Pre-Maxilla, TMJ (LAB)

10:30 am          Small Group Discussion

10:45 am          Normal Visual Development, Visual Disturbances, Lacrimal Duct Obstruction.

11:15 am          Orbital Axes, Treatment of the Orbit (LAB)

12:00 am          Adjourn


Event Location

Osteopathic Center San Diego

3706 Ruffin Road, San Diego, California 92123, United States
(619) 548-8815