Introduction to Paediatrics

The development of a child from conception through to adulthood is an extraordinary journey of growth and development, with influences that shape us physically, mentally and spiritually.

We grow not only by our own genetic programme but by our experiences. Osteopathy is in a privileged and unique position to be able to offer support and assistance during this time of rapid growth and development. Sutherland said ''As the twig is bent so doth the tree incline.''

There are certain critical times in a child's life when it is possible through using osteopathy to influence their anatomy. "To unbend the twig so the adult grows straight." We need to study normal growth and development before we can recognize the abnormal, and to appreciate that every child is unique. There are certain diseases that only occur in childhood and as osteopaths we need to understand what effects these have on the body.

To study paediatrics from the osteopathic perspective is both rewarding and challenging. You will need a wealth of embryology, anatomy and pathology knowledge along with your osteopathic techniques, and the ability to stick to the cranial mechanism in a wriggly child, and also a lot of patience and humour.

You will be expected to do some self-study as part of this introductory course.


You must have attended Module 2: Osteopathy in the Cranial Field.

Please note that you will be required to have a current DBS certificate (or equivalent from the country in which you reside and practice) a copy of which must be supplied to the SCCO office prior to the start date of your course.

Course Content

  • Intrauterine life with reference to the development and preparation for birth
  • Normal labour
  • More complicated brain development before and after birth
  • The adaptation of the infant to labour
  • Anatomical differences between infant and older child labour scenarios
  • Organ systems switch from foetal to newborn
  • Practical demonstration of treatment of a child
  • Neonate occiput
  • Infant and child immune system
  • Infant digestive disorders including infantile colic
  • Asthma
  • Otitis media
  • Breast feeding
  • Vaccination debate
  • Childhood illnesses and red flags

Course Format

The course is run over 4 days and is a balance of presentations to the whole group and tutorials in small groups with a 1:4 tutor to student ratio where you can explore the practical applications of the material and its use in practice with your tutor. Time is set aside at the end of each day for individual discussion with your tutor.

There will be plenty of time for discussion of the clinical application of the approaches to treatment. Excellent course notes are provided.

Course Details

A 4 day residential course. This course is run approximately once every 2 years in the UK. Please see our Course Schedule page for details.

Dates & Prices

Hawkwood College
1 - 4 March 2019 £1280 (non-residential)
£1350 (residential [shared])

Accommodation at Hawkwood is in shared rooms, a limited number of singles are available at a supplement and allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.


Do I need to have had any experience of treating babies to do this course?

No, you do not need experience with babies or children to take this course. But if you are already seeing babies in practice this course will enhance your clinical diagnostic skills.

Will I be able to treat babies after doing the introductory course?

The Paediatric Clinical Screening course does not include any osteopathic treatment approaches, but you will have clinical diagnostic skills to practice.

Will I need any special equipment to do the clinical methods?
Will I be able to treat babies in my practice after I have done this course?

Yes, this course will give you the basic skills to start treating babies and children in practice.

Is there any pre course reading to do?

There will be some precourse reading provided.

What next?

Join the SCCO Mentoring Scheme: an opportunity to work with and share learning experiences with like minded and experienced colleagues.

Write an assignment: The SCCO membership pathway requires 3 written case study assignments. Writing this assignment is an excellent way of reviewing and consolidating your learning from the course.

Refresher Day Bring your questions and experiences or difficulties to share with your colleagues and experienced tutors on a refresher day. An excellent way of consolidating your learning from the course.

Other courses: Choose another modular course to continue your journey on the SCCO membership pathway. Join the SCCO Paediatric Pathway for an in depth Paediatric Osteopathy training

What our students say

The tutors were very knowledgeable and fluent - always presenting the information in a practical manner

Amazing knowledge provided which was both understandable and inspirational.

Very insightful and helpful to see and experience things from alternating perspectives.