Module 1

Sensory motor development (4 days) > 3rd – 6th May 2018 - Hove (UK)

The module is based on the theoretical foundations that demonstrate the link between the motor, language and cognitive processes.


Applicant in the goal is for the student to assimilate the core principles and the theories of the Padovan® Method as well as to master the physical exercise sequence that uses the neuro-evolutive stages of the sensory-motor development.

  • History of The Padovan Method
  • Interdependence between Walking, Talking, Thinking
  • Concept of Neurological Organisation
  • Maturation of the Nervous System
  • Neuro evolutive movement of: walking, hands, eyes, oral functions
  • Observation between the normal development and pathological or bad habits during evolution
  • The different stages of maturation: from 0 to 21 years of age
  • Theory and practice of the physical exercises: sequence of neuro evolutive
    stages of movement (walking process, hands/eyes evolution and complementary exercises)
  • Concepts of Neurology
  • The importance of Rhythm and Poems


Module 2

Oral functions and their rehabilitation > September 2018

The module covers the neurology concepts related to the 4 oral neuro-vegetative functions: breathing, sucking, chewing and swallowing.


The goal is to assimilate the neurology concepts inherent to the sensory-motor development (neuroevolutive stages) and mastering the exercises of oral motor function.

  • Review of Module I
  • The Vegetative Reflexes: breathing, sucking, chewing and swallowing. Its evolution, physiology/pathology and consequences of its bad habits.
  • The Cranial Nerves and Nervous System associated to the 4 oral functions
  • Concept of the five main muscle chains in relation with the oral functions
  • Concept of occlusion and malocclusion of the dental arch
  • The importance of the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) in relation to body posture and Nervous System
  • Disfunction of the TMJ and its consequences
  • Practical exercises of the 4 oral functions. How to use it during the therapy
  • Complementary mio-facial exercises: theory and practice


Module 3

Malocclusion, articulation disorders > March 2019

The module explores the temporomandibular dysfunctions and how to treat them. Theory and practice.


The goal is to assimilate the theoretical concepts on malocclusions and articulation disorders resulting from immature or inadequate sensory-motor development or neuro-vegetative functions, as well as mastering the specific exercises to treat these conditions

  • Review of Module II
  • Occlusion and its dysfunction
  • Functional jaw orthopaedics: classification and its relation with body posture
  • Mandibular movement during mastication: working side, balance side
  • Notes of stomatognathic system: muscles, nerves, teeth, jaw, temporomandibular joint (TMJ)
  • The importance of the teeth: its evolution (eruption, change), functions, dysfunctions
  • Vegetative Oral Reflexes: functions and dysfunctions
  • Articulation and speech disorders
  • Classification of the phonemes and exercises to promote their installation
Module 4

Study of the senses, sensory motor integration, developmental disorders and associate neurology

The module covers major conditions such as dyslexia, autism, learning disability, other neurological conditions and pathologies.


The goal is to acquire a synoptic and coherent vision of neuro functional reorganisation and a deeper knowledge of the teachings of Rudolf Steiner on the relations between Walk-Talk-Think and the 12 senses.

  • Review of the main concepts of Module I, II, III
  • Classification of the 12 senses and its functions in relation to the human being and his Environment: Sense of: Life; Balance; Touch; our own movement. Sense of: Sight; Smell/Taste; Warm. Sense of: Sound or Hearing; Language/Word/Speech; Thought/ Concept/Representation; “I” of oneself and others
  • The importance of laterality and its assessment
  • Therapeutic protocols
Module 5

In-depth study of neurological and neuro developmental disorders > September 2019

The module explores more complex neurological concepts and neurodevelopmental conditions. A discussion and review of the case studies presented by the participants is also covered.


The goal is to assimilate neurology concepts and associated pathologies as well as to master the exercises of the full sequence of corporal physical exercises and vegetative reflexes (breathing, sucking, chewing, and swallowing) for the oro-motor function exercises.

  • Neurology: Autonomic Nervous System, Cranial Nerves, Brain Stem, Cortex
  • Neurological Organisation
  • Practical exercises: oral motor function
  • Review of the theory
  • Discussion of the case studies

Each module includes practical and theoretical training sessions. At the end of each module a Certificate of Attendance is issued.

Training in the Padovan Method of Neuro-Functional Reorganisation Therapy is offered in the United Kingdom in connection with Pro-Synapse (Brazil), organisation for training education in The Padovan Method. The UK supervisor and coordinator is Lorena Salerno, physiotherapist and Padovan therapist.


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