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As coordinator of the Post Academic Education at the IAO, I am very proud and privileged to present you this comprehensive program, supported by a dedicated, experienced and enthusiastic team, and underpinned by the same expectations and high standards that originate from the IAO's aims and values.

I am truly conviced that these hands-on modules within a multinational environment offer you inspiration, support, guidance and encouragement to achieve the necessary qualifications, personal and social skills to be succesful in the specialistic and challenging field of pediatric osteopathy.

You can take 8 modules seperately in order to integrate the knowledge and skills into your clinical practice at your own tempo. However, in my opinion, non of these thematic modules can be left out.

I look forward to meet and work together with you!

Best regards,
Michiel Mens, MSc. Ost.


This comprehensive curriculum includes the most frequent problems within the population of children where an osteopath can be confronted with, and stimulates the integration of different osteopathic competencies to improve patient care.

Year 1 - 2017-2018

Module 1: Fertility, pregnancy & prenatal care

Module 2: Childbirth, lactation & postnatal care

Module 3: Assymetry in infancy

Module 4: Motor development


Year 2 - 2018-2019

Module 5: Integrated infantile physiology

Module 6: Gastro-intestinal dysfunctions

Module 7: ENT problems

Module 8: Evidence-based symptom sorting



These are all experienced teachers, with the right academic qualifications.

  • David Barrix , MSc. Ost. (University of Applied Sciences)

  • Michiel Mens , MSc. Ost. (University of Applied Sciences)
  • Colette Peeters , B. Sc. (Hons) Ost. Med (London)
  • Alissa Picchioni , MSc. Ost. (University of Applied Sciences)

  • Philippe Wynter DO


First year 2017-2018

Module 1: Fertility, pregnancy & prenatal care

Teacher: Colette Peeters B. Sc. (Hons) Ost. Med (London)
November 10-12, 2017

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In our osteopathic practice, we commonly see women undergoing fertility treatments. Colette wil provide you up-to-date insights into fertility problems, an overview of diverse conservative treatments as well as a practical and multi-angle osteopathic approach.

Understanding the essential mother-fetus symbiosis in combination with a thorough and practical guideline towards the most common pathologies & red flags are discussed in order to correctly refer pregnant women before osteopathically supporting their pregnancy.

The different pregnancy stages and osteopathic treatment will be integrated with lifestyle recommendations, ethics and multidisciplinary communication.

Module 2: Childbirth, lactation & postnatal care

Teacher: Colette Peeters B. Sc. (Hons) Ost. Med (London)
December 1-3, 2017

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As an osteopath, it is important to have sufficient insight into the diagnosis and treatment of pelvic instability and coccygodynea in the treatment and support of a pregnant woman, as well as the early recognition of red flag situations.

In addition, a good recognition of difficult posnatal recovery is of utmost importance, as well as the integration with our osteopathic examination/treatment.

Finally, the nutritional needs of the baby, the difference between breastfeeding and artificial nutrition, as well as the osteopathic approach and support of lactation are discussed in greater depth.

Module 3: Asymmetry in infancy

Teacher: Alissa Picchioni , MSc. Ost. (University of Applied Sciences)
April 20-22, 2018

This post academic module offers you an overview of up to date literature of the different forms of assymetry in infancy (torticolis, cranial aymmetries i.e. deformational plagiocephaly and craniosynostosis, scoliosis, asymmetry in posture, TAC syndrome, etc.)

Different diagnostic strategies and evaluations will be shown and discussed, as well as the conservative care strategies and interprofessional communication.

Alissa will explain, demonstrate and practice the osteopathic step-by-step plan to infantile asymmetries: an overview of necessary embryology and anatomy, the biomechanical and developmental consequences, practical osteopathic examination and treatments.

Module 4: Motor development

Teacher: David Barrix , MSc. Ost. (University of Applied Sciences)
June 21-23, 2018

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Before starting a treatment, the first question should always be whether it is safe to treat or not. When and based on what tests should a newborn be referred to the pediatrician of general practicioner?

The normal psychomotor development milestones and reflexes will be discussed. What are the possible structural or functional consequences when some of these milestones are not met? How can we use this in our safety-examination and in our later treatment?

David gives you a very practical guideline for the examination and treatment of babies and shows you how we can involve the parents in the therapy in order to achieve optimal treatment effects.


Second year 2018-2019

Module 5: Integrated infantile physiology

Teacher: David Barrix , MSc. Ost. (University of Applied Sciences)
September/October, 2018

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This module focusses on taking a closer look at the various physiological systems and their changes during and after pregancy. David will explain the relationships between the neuroendocrine system, the immune system and the digestive system of both mother and baby.

On the one hand, it is vital to understand the mechanisms that try to maintain homeostasis, on the other hand it is important to recognize what (musculoskeletal) compensatons that may arise if the body fails to succeed in doing this.

Topics such as vaccination, mucosal immunity and postnatal depression and fatigue will be discussed in both a theorethical and practical law.

Module 6: Gastro-intestinal dysfunctions

Teacher: Alissa Picchioni , MSc. Ost. (University of Applied Sciences)
November/December, 2018

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This module targets the anatomical characteristics of the infantile gastro-intestinal tract and its specific physiological development from toddler to teenager. You will learn about gastro-intestinal dysfunctions and how to distinct them from pathological conditions.

Alissa wil demonstrate and practice a skilled, integrative and multidisciplinary osteopathic approach to the most common gastro-intestinal dysfunctions (GERD, colic, diarrhea, ...) and how this differs from the approach with adults.

Module 7: ENT Problems

Teacher: Philippe Wynter DO
March/April, 2019

In this module, Philippe will explain the embryological and infantile development of the skull and the viscerocranium in combination with an essential introduction to the examination and treatment of otolaryngological conditions most commonly encountered in a pediatric setting, eg. otitis media and chronic sinusitis.

What are the possible consequences of pacifiers and thumbsucking? What are the possible consequences of sucking problems during breastfeeding? philippe will challenge and trigger your palpatory skills and extend your examination and treatment options with a variety of both direct and indirect techniques.

Module 8: Evidence-based symptom sorting

Teacher: Michiel Mens, MSc. Ost. (University of Applied Sciences)
May/June, 2019

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Patients frequently present with multiple vague symptoms. This module will discuss a multitude of pre-/postnatal and pediatric symptoms commonly encountered. Michiel will create some order from this chaos by meticulously exploring the red flags and available guidelines of everyday symptoms, eg. coughing, headaches, vomiting, ... in combination with a practical demonstration in baby and child basic life support.

This modular also focusses on the practical training and implementation of EBP by offering you a step-by-step guideline in the search for up-to-date literature and giving you practical tips to stay on top of the game.