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Are you looking for a way to distinguish yourself among your colleagues?  

Did you know that there is a worldwide shortage of Osteopaths who are trained to treat Pediatric Osteopathic Dysfunctions?

Build your patient list and fulfill your CEU/ CPD requirements by focusing your practice on this facinating, satisfying, and emerging new field!


 Learn to treat Cranial, Digestive, Feeding and Orthopedic dysfunctions in this ten week online course. you can study and practice every week at a time that suits your busy schedule!  

Why study online with us?

Your Instructor and Author of this course is a female Osteopath who, over the last fifteen years,  has had the privilege of assisting hundreds of pregnant women and their children to overcome many of the dysfunctions that you will find in an Osteopathic Clinic.  She has taught this course many times live to Osteopaths and is known for having a engaging, yet knowledgeable teaching style.  Her fondness for mentoring Osteopaths become adept and sensitive to the needs of Pregnant Moms and their Children is communicated throughout the entire course.  

As a result, next to her course Treating the Obstetrical Patient Throughout all of the Stages of Pregnancy: An Osteopathic Approach, this is one of  the most popular and in-demand continuing education  courses we offer at the Center for Continuing Education of Osteopathy.  

We introduce the fundamental concepts of the mechanics of Pediatric Osteopathy, and teach you Osteopath how to successfully treat some of the most common dysfunctions  found  in Newborns in an Osteopathic  clinical  setting : 

1) Cranial Distortions 

2) Digestive  Disturbances

 3) Latching & Feeding difficulties 

4)  Orthopedic  Birth Trauma Injuries 

A detailed curriculum of the course can be read below.

Throughout the course, students can ask questions.  Our Instructor devotes time each week to thoughtfully answering those questions and ensuring you are comfortable with the course material and practice times.

How the Course Works:

The course runs over ten weeks with one chapter released weekly.  You will have access to the Introduction chapter immediately when you enroll, and the first chapter starts releasing on Monday August 6th, with each subsequent chapter being released each week after that for ten consecutive weeks.

An additional four weeks are allowed at the end of the course to submit all of your homework assignments and be awarded your Certificate of Completion.  

Your learning experience  includes over thirty demonstration videos of individual techniques, as well as demonstrations of complete Treatment Protocols.  You can go back and watch the demonstration videos as many times as you want for the duration of the course.

 Advanced concepts and treatment protocols are discussed in audio format along with images and text for each condition.  Interesting and relevant case studies are also reviewed and are part of your homework.

There is approx 15 hours on-line learning with teaching in audio and video format accompanying each page, technique, and treatment protocol, and an additional 15 hours of homework assignments in the form of clinical practice related to each chapter, making this course a total of CPD 30 hours.

Homework Practice Sheets, Assessment Forms, and Step-by-Step Treatment Protocols for you to practice each week at your clinic are provided to you to download at the end of each chapter.   

Cranial Osteopathy:

We assume you already have a basic knowledge and training of Cranial Osteopathy and will need it to to fully appreciate the chapters and protocols that include Cranial Osteopathy in this course.  If you feel you need a review of basic Cranial Osteopathy concepts, students have the option of ordering the Workbook that accompanies our four day crash course in the Fundamentals of Cranial Osteopathy & Cranio-Sacral Therapy.  

What you will need:

You will need to purchase a soft, pliable doll (like the one in the video shown above) to practice the individual techniques on, well as hopefully recruit some volunteer Birthmothers and their Newborns for in-clinic practice.  A schedule of exact dates each chapter and subject will be released is included in the Introduction, so you can pre-arrange for appropriate volunteers to practice on.  

You will also need access to a printer.

The Accompanying Workbook:

Students who enroll in the online course have free access to  download the Workbook that was written to accompany the live course.  The link to request the Workbook is included in the Introduction chapter, which you will have access to immediately when you enroll.  Only students who are currently enrolled in this course can order and download the Workbook.

Please note the Workbook follows the order of the live course and does not correspond completely in the same order as the online course.  Nevertheless, all the same learning information that is contained in the online course can be found in the downloadable Workbook. In fact, the online course is much more complete!  We provide you with access to the Workbook as a take-away to refer to after the course is complete.  It is not intended to be used as an integral part of the weekly course.

Non-Refund Policy:

Enrollment in all ICEO courses are non- refundable. If unforseeable valid personal or medical reasons are provided (with written proof), a student may apply to enroll in the same course the next time it is offered.  Any student who falls behind in the online course with homework submissions must apply  for an extension or will be enrolled in a future dated course, according to the discretion of our Educational Director and the Instructor for this course, Maureen N. Maher


Course Curriculum

  • 1

    INTRO Welcome from author

    • Welcome from author

    • The Goal - What we hope you will take away from this online course

    • Schedule of chapters and practice assignments

    • The Workbook

    • DOWNLOAD - Schedule of course chapters release dates

    • Need a refresher or review of some Cranial Osteopathy basics?

    • Principles of Pediatric Cranial Osteopathy

    • Where does Cranial Osteopathy fit into this approach?

  • 2

    ch. 1 The Mechanics of the Birthing Process

    • Why review the Cranial Mechanism?

    • VIDEO: Review of the Cranial Mechanism

    • The Mechanics of the Birthing Process

    • Anatomical Development of the Cranium in Newborns

    • Common Causes of Cranial Injury in Newborns

    • What Cranial Mechanisms can be negatively affected ?

    • Cranial-Abnormalities-At-Birth

    • Damage Caused by Compressive Forces

    • Pulmonary Respiration at Birth & the Primary Cranial Mechanism

    • How permanent are birth injuries?

    • Mechanical Integrity of the Birthmother’s Pelvis

    • Table of Developmental Milestone in Newborns 1

    • Table of Developmental Milestone in Newborns 2

    • HOMEWORK INSTRUCTIONS Chapter 1. The Mechanics of the Birthing Process

    • DOWNLOAD: Major Stages of the Birthing Process


  • 3

    ch 2. Overview of Common Pediatric Cranial Dysfunctions

    • Plagiocephaly or Compression of the Occiput

    • Etiology of Plagiocephaly

    • Antero – posterior compression

    • Etiology of Antero – posterior compression

    • Lateral Strains

    • Etiology of Lateral Strains

    • Transverse compression

    • Intro to video Cranial Abnormalities at Birth

    • video - Cranial Abnormalities at Birth

    • Intro to video - General Cranial Assessment of a Newborn

    • video - General Cranial Assessment of a Newborn

    • Cranial Nerves Associated with Newborn Cranial Trauma

    • Table of Observations of Cranial Newborn Dysfunctions p. 1

    • Table of Observations of Cranial Newborn Dysfunctions p. 2


    • DOWNLOAD - Table of Cranial Nerves Associated with Newborn Birth Trauma

    • DOWNLOAD - Table of Observations in Cranial NewBorns' Dysfunctions

  • 4

    ch 3. Approaches to Palpation & Assessment

    • Goals of Pediatric versus Adult Osteopathic Treatment

    • Cranial Nerves to Remember during Pediatric Assessment

    • Why Use Such a Gentle Touch?

    • "Listening" with your Hands during a Cranio-Sacral Assessment

    • "Listening with your Hands" during Visceral Assessment

    • Overview of a Short General Assessment

    • video - Overview of a Pediatric Assessment

    • Standard Initial Assessment & Treatment Protocol

    • video - Standard Initial Assessment

    • Using the Pediatric Evaluation Worksheet


    • Basic treatment steps following an Assessment

    • HOMEWORK -

    • Practicing on Adults when Newborns are not available

  • 5

    ch 4. Congenital Torticolis & Associated Conditions

    • Overview of Congenital Torticolis

    • Etiology of Congenital Torticolis

    • Plagiocephaly & Congenital Torticollis

    • Cranial Patterns related to Congenital Torticolis

    • Why so much emphasis on cranial corrections when treating torticolis?

    • How to Assess for Various Forms of Congenital Torticolis

    • Four Step Treatment Protocol for Torticolis

    • Protocol-For-Congenital-Torticolis

    • DOWNLOADS - Basic Protocol for Treating Congenital Torticolis & Worksheet

    • HOMEWORK -

  • 6

    ch. 5 Learning Cranial Moulding Protocols

    • How Cranial Moulding is Viewed within the Medical Field

    • Cranial Moulding Helmets and Osteopathic Treatment

    • Why Parents Seek Alternatives to Helmets to Achieve Cranial Moulding

    • Why Parents Seek Alternatives to Helmets to Achieve Cranial Moulding

    • Introduction to the Video

    • video - General Cranial Assessment of a Newborn

    • Designing a Treatment Plan

    • Key Points to remember during a Pediatric Cranial Moulding Treatment

    • Cranial Moulding Osteopathic Treatment Protocol

    • Cranial Moulding Occipital Correction Technique

    • Cranial Moulding Frontal Correction Technique

    • Cranial Moulding Vault Molding Technique

    • Cranial Moulding Treatment Protocol

    • Subsequent Cranial Moulding Treatments

    • DOWNLOADS - Cranial Moulding Protocol & Worksheet


  • 7

    ch 6. Pediatric Digestive Disturbances

    • Digestive Disturbances – Colic, Reflux Etiology

    • How to Assess for Colic & Reflux in Newborns

    • The Various Functions of the Vagus Nerve

    • Follow the Pathway of the Vague Nerve Throughout the Body

    • The Goal of Osteopathic Treatment for Digestive Dysfunctions

    • Treatment Protocol for Digestive Disturbances Techniques 1 - 4

    • Protocol for Digestive Disturbances Techniques 5 - 8

    • Digest Disturb Bilateral Occipital Condylar Decomp #1

    • Digest Disturb Occipital Base Expansion #2

    • Digest Disturb Normalization Sacrum To Diaphragm #3

    • Digest Disturb Normalization Of Sigmoid Colon #4

    • Digest Disturb Pelvis Lower GI-Sigmoid Colon #5

    • Digest Disturb Gastro-Esophageal #6

    • Digest Disturb Alt Position For Gastro-Esophageal #7

    • Digest Disturb Finish Treat Balancing Cranio-Sacral Mech #8

    • Digestive-Disturbances-Protocol

    • DOWNLOADS : Treatment Protocol for Digestive Disturbances & Worksheet


  • 8

    ch 7. Latching & Feeding Difficulties

    • The Importance of Effective Breastfeeding "Failure to Thrive"

    • Risks Associated with Poor Breastfeeding

    • How poor attachment affects a Mother's production of breastmilk

    • Understanding the Etiology of Latching & Feeding Difficulties

    • Cranial “Moulding” & its Relation to Crying and Suckling at Birth

    • The Role of the Osteopath in Latching & Feeding Difficulties

    • Osteopathic Approach to Assessing Latching & Feeding Difficulties

    • Overview Assessing Latching And Feeding Diffculties

    • Individual Techniques for Latching and Feeding Difficulties

    • LatchFeed Occipito Temporal Suture Decompaction #1

    • LatchFeed Mid Cervical Phrenic Nerve Area #2

    • LatchFeed Normalization Of Diaphragm #3

    • LatchFeed Balance Stomach And Diaphragm #4

    • COMPILATION VIDEO - Latching And Feeding Difficulties Treatment Protocol

    • DOWNLOAD: Treatment Protocol for Latching and Feeding Difficulties


  • 9

    ch 8. Pediatric Orthopedic Dysfunctions of Upper Limbs

    • Overview of Shoulder Distocia

    • Understanding the Etiology of Upper Limb Abnormalities

    • gleno-humeral dysfunctions & adult scapula-thoracic problems

    • How to Identify shoulder dysplasia/distocia

    • Discussion of Individual Techniques for Shoulder Distocia

    • Shoulder Gleno-Humeral Joint #1

    • Shoulder Occipito-Scapular Fascia Stretch #2

    • Shoulder Sterno-Vertebral #3

    • VIDEO Treatment Protocol for Shoulder Distocia

    • DOWNLOADS: Treatment Protocol for Shoulder Distocia/Displagia & Worksheet


  • 10

    ch. 9 Pediatric Orthopedic Dysfunctions - Lower Limb

    • Overview of Common Lower Limb Abnormalities

    • Medical Prognosis of Lower Limb Pediatric Orthopedic Dysfunctions

    • Case Study of Lower Limb Abnormality

    • Increased Femoral Anteversion


    • Tibial Torsions

    • Differentiating between Femoral Anteversion and Tibial Internal Rotation

    • Genu Varum versus Genu Valgum

    • congenital foot deformity METATARSUS ADDUCTUS

    • History Taking & Goal of Osteopathic Treatment

    • General Principles of Assessment & Treatment

    • Assessment Protocol for Lower Limbs in Infants

    • VIDEO - Demonstration of Lower Limb Assessment

    • General Treatment Protocol for Lower Limb

    • Lower Limb Treatment #1 - LumboSacral, Hips & Fascia Techniques 1, 2, 3

    • Lower Limb Treatment #2 - Femur, Tibia & Fibula Membrane Techniques 4, 5 6

    • Lower Limb Treatment #3 - Foot Techniques 7, 8, 9 & Balancing



  • 11

    Case Studies

    • How to Use the Cranial Mapping Chart

    • Homework: Case Study of Unresolved Plagiocephaly

    • Homework: Case Study of Colic

    • Homework: Case Study of Torticollis

    • Map of Brain Function

  • 12

    About your Instructor

    • Maureen Norah Maher, BA, DO(Qc), DOMP Osteopath Practitioner and Educator

    • How to Contact us

About the instructor

Educational Director & Instructor

Maureen Hannah Maher

Since Maureen began teaching, she found that not only does she have a natural gift for it (her parents were both teachers, so let hear it for genetics!), she found that she also holds a great desire to give back to the community and a profession that has been so fulfilling to her, and share over fifteen years of acquired experience and knowledge.   Maureen brings extensive knowledge in Osteopathy  to her educational seminars.  Throughout her career, Maureen has been an accredited member in good standing in several provinces across Canada, as well as overseas, including being an Associate Overseas member of the Australian Osteopathic Association (AOA) since 2008.  After undergoing accreditation evaluation for foreign trained Osteopaths in Perth, WA, Maureen was offered a practice in one of Singapore's leading Osteopathic Clinics, giving her the distinction of having been the first Canadian trained Osteopath to be approved to practice  in South East Asia.   Right before the worldwide economic collapse, Maureen was offered a position in Shanghai China, which required accreditation with the GOSC, UK, which she underwent, but as prevailing economic conditions worsened, the position was put on hold, and Maureen then settled in Toronto, Canada, where after reluctantly accepting a poorly paid teaching contract, her students began asking her to design courses in more specialized subjects within Osteopathy.  It was not long after that Maureen founded the Center for Continuing Education where she continued to innovate every day!Maureen has collaborated in the curriculum design with various new Osteopathic schools, and teaches continuing education seminars across Canada and Europe.  Her students say that Maureen's teaching style is animated, engaging, but most importantly, informative.  Her gift lies in communicating complex theories in simple terms and analogies.  Her students come away with a clear grasp of Osteopathic concepts for treatment, and practical knowledge of how to apply them.  Students who enroll in any of our continuing education seminars can contact Maureen at any future date with clinical questions.  As a result, many Osteopaths worldwide still consult with her today regarding challenging Osteopathy cases.  


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