Offering programs to the chiropractic profession to improve their technical excellence. We are looking to those dedicated chiropractors and chiropractic students who want to focus their mastery on delivering the chiropractic adjustment. While the triad for professional growth includes art, science, and philosophy, our programs are heavily weighted in the art and science of chiropractic.

The Institute is excited to announce our next premier online program:


Cranial Facial Distortions - Impact on Childhood Development


Have you ever noticed something developmentally different about a child but your concerns fell on deaf ears?

It is not until the situation becomes obvious that proper intervention is recommended.  Knowing before the situation or condition escalates is paramount to achieving a more efficient, less stressful (both to the child and family) resolution.

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It is important to note that these developmental “glitches”, while they may be common, are not normal and can affect proper neurological development (milestones, primal reflexes, and pre-programmed feedback loops).  They can also  manifest as only mild symptoms early in life and progress to more severe ones as the child reaches age 4 or 5.

If you are a concerned parent or a pediatric healthcare provider,

this class will offer you a new window to look through.

  • Is the child reaching their developmental milestones on time?
  • Do they overreact in stressful situations?
  • Do they have problems relating to their peers?
  • Do they get frustrated easily?
  • Is feeding and nursing a difficult and stressful process?
  • Are they unable to calm themselves and appear to be in pain or discomfort after eating/feeding?
  • Are their sleep patterns inconsistent?

Much has been written about milestones and primitive reflexes and their effect on developmental potential. What we are offering to you is the missing link to optimal childhood development - the effects of cranial and facial distortions on human potential.

In this ONLINE program Drs. Rosen and Watson will walk you through an understanding of normal childhood growth and development and the structural distortion patterns to look for that may be signs of developmental challenges.

Much has been written about milestones and primitive reflexes and their effect on developmental potential. What we are offering to you is the missing link to optimal childhood development - the effects of cranial and facial distortions on human potential.

In this ONLINE program Drs. Rosen and Watson will walk you through an understanding of normal childhood growth and development and the structural distortion patterns to look for that may be signs of developmental challenges.

We know that the potential of the child is huge. All parents want their children to have the best opportunity to realize that potential. 

The course format will give you a step-by-step guide to understand what influences, or patterns, may be signs of underlying developmental issues facing your child and what you can do to support them. 

This course will help parents and health care practitioners use the child’s precious early years to the fullest.

You will receive 10 modules over a 3-month period.

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"As a mom and nana, I see on social media so often parents and grandparents looking for answers concerning their infants and honestly not getting many good responses. Everything from tongue ties to latch to misshapen skulls to the baby being developmentally delayed. It breaks my heart and with what seems like an epidemic of infant struggles, someone should be asking the question “why?”, “where is all of this coming from?”, and “what can be done about it?”
Drs. Rosen and Watson are doing this in their online series focused on teaching the average person about what is going on and how babies are supposed to function, grow, and develop naturally. Each individual module is focused on understanding and recognizing how our babies are supposed to develop and function, how to recognize early when something isn’t quite right, and what we can do to seek help for our children!
Nothing like this has been done before, focusing on empowering parents and grandparents with information that can be easily used to achieve the best for our babies while teaching us what truly is natural and normal for our children to experience and when they are supposed to have those experiences.
I would highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to understand more about their little ones' development in an easily understandable and digestible format."
- Christine  (mom to 4, grandmother to 3)

"After reading the book, It’s All in the Head, which I found helpful in so many ways, this thought came to mind.  How wonderful to have you, the authors, teach a course based on this book for those of us outside the chiropractic profession. To have class discussion online with visual aids (photos, videos, and detailed diagrams) will further imprint the necessary pointers to look for as a lay person.  I believe many people will benefit from this as they could then learn in even more detail all this important information." 

- Fran (mom of 2, grandmother to 3)

"Learning from Drs. Nancy and Marty has completely changed how I view pediatric development. As a pediatric nurse, I have an extensive background in development. Everything they teach aligns with what I already knew. What I didn't realize was how much the cranium was involved. I'm very educated in chiropractic but applying their knowledge when looking at my son is a blessing.
I feel so lucky that my boys are checked by a pediatric chiropractor and their craniums evaluated to give them the best start in life. I ask other moms if their kids have ever had cranial work done or have had them checked. It's the answer to so many missing questions.
Anyone working with kids needs to learn this stuff; every mom should know it. Ultimately, we are our kids' most prominent advocates, and giving them the best start to growth and development is all we want- this information is critical."
- Colleen Pellegrino, RN, BSN
"Health care needs are becoming ever more complex.  Having the information and skill to support those whom we serve needs to be nurtured and developed as the body of knowledge grows.  Dr. Martin Rosen and Nancy Watson have dedicated their lives to serving their patients and training clinicians.  Their work in developing correlations with less-than-optimal childhood development to structural and functional distortions is on the cutting edge of clinical service.  Their courses, books, and training to identify cranial and facial distortions and manage pediatric patients is invaluable.  They are gifted clinicians and masterful instructors. The trainings they offer empower the participants to help their pediatric patients find answers."
- Dr Peter Kevorkian
President of International Chiropractic Pediatric Association

Take a look at what we'll cover ...

Class 1 - The Structures Beneath

Learning about the structures that protect your child’s growing brain can give you a new window into their development.

Class 2 - The Developing Brain

Understanding the miracle of neurological growth.

Class 3 - The Nervous System

How does this intricate system and all its components work?

Class 4 - Dural Meningeal System

The protective layer around the brain and spinal cord. Why is this important?

Class 5 - Developmental Milestones

The core of your child’s neurological development.

Class 6 - Primitive Reflexes

A look at common cranial facial distortion patterns.

Class 7 - Shape of Things: Plagiocephaly and Torticollis

Why does a child’s head seem to tilt to one side with a restricted neck motion?

Class 8 - Tongue-Tie

What is it, how to determine if your child has it, what to
do about it?

Class 9 - What's Wrong with this Face?

What is common, what is normal and the visual
guidelines and developmental cues to look for.

Class 10 - What Can You Do?

When and where to seek help if you have questions or concerns.

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 "It’s All in the Head is a must have book for not only chiropractors, but also for parents and anyone working with children. It is exciting to know that now there is a course for everyone to engage with 2 of the leading pediatric chiropractors who wrote the book. This class offers an opportunity to delve into the world of human potential from a salutogenic viewpoint. The information is insightful and gives clear meaning to what is common versus what is normal in your child’s development. You will gain a better understanding of your child’s developmental processes. It answers many questions including why and how cranial distortions affect not only structure but neurological function as well."

- R.A.S. (childhood educator)

"I’ll never forget that moment when I had the feeling that something was “off” with one of my children. I wasn’t able to put my finger on exactly what it was, but I could see it in his face, the way he crawled and some of his behavior. And yet, when I went to compare it to the CDC guidelines and asked my pediatrician about it, I was told that it is “normal and they will grow out of it.” But that gut feeling still remained and I could still see my child struggle. Then I read, “It’s All in the Head,” by Drs. Watson and Rosen. This totally changed my perspective for all three of my children. I am so excited that they have developed this online course to empower me, as a parent, to understand what is normal childhood development and what is not, when and how to seek professional help, and what I can be doing at home to help my children stay on track for good health and development. This course is a MUST for any parent who wants to help their children thrive as they grow!"
- Courtney, mom of 3
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"As a parent, a Monteessori teacher and a recent postpartum care provider, I have spent the past thirty years observing infants and children.   We know more now than ever before about child development and information is readily available to parents and caregivers alike.   
We wait for milestones to be met; doing everything we can to help our children get there.   Still we find ourselves with newborns that can't latch, babies with reflux, toddlers with chronic ear infections, preschoolers who fall a lot and elementary aged children with unexplained respiratory issues.   We lovingly study our babies and we know we are seeing that something is off, but we can't quite put our finger on it.   The list of childhood concerns is endless and as it grows, parents and caregivers look for help from outside expert sources.   These resources are a gift, but they often take us farther away from the root of our children's struggles.   That being their own physical bodies.
The human body is the foundation block for all social, emotikonal, physical and cognitive development.   If this foundation has a crack, it can impact the trajectory of a child's growth.   In the hands of a pediatric chiropractor, infants and children are evaluated and adjusted for the slightest subluxations that may hinder a child's optimal development.  The birth process itself can be a lot for a little person to endure no matter how natural or peaceful.
As newborns, my three children we all seen by a chiropractor before their one week pediatric MD visit, continuing throughout their childhood and teenage years.   I am a mediocre mother at best, yet my children never had an ear infection, strep or respiratory concerns.   Two of them suffered serious concussions playing sports that were managed with chiropractic care.   Allergies were treated, unmedicated fevers came down, significant vision issues were reduced.    My children are not different from most; they rode bikes, went to school and got sick.   Our first choice was always chiropractic for preventive, restorative and trauma care when it came to our children's health.   It's a practice that is built on observation, knowledgeable evaluation, and gentle correction, as it supports the body's innate desire to heal itself.
I wss recently introduced to the book "It's All in the Head'' by Drs Martin Rosen and Nancy Watson, two parents and pediatric chiropractors with over 80 years of combined clinical and teaching experience.    I have to say this book is a must for any parent, or healthcare professional that works with children.  While I was exposed to the benefits of pediatric chiropractic care when my children were still infants, many others are not.   This book answers so many questions, gives a window into the normal guidelines of pediatric development and gives the reader a better understanding of the infant's growth and development as well as helping to recognize aberrant neurological patterns before they become actual diagnosed disease processes or worse, they become set in the child's developmental, learning and social behavior patterns.
Now there is a course, based on this book, for anyone who works with or has children.    This will be a great support, as well as offer guideposts, to address some of the early childhood issues that many parents and healthcare professionals face.   I highly recommend learning and sharing this information."
- Dawn Gunn-Brown
"When my son was younger than 2, I started to notice some things that were off with him. Speaking to the professionals around me, I was repeatedly assured that all was well, not to worry. Again and again. 
When he finally received an autism diagnosis, I was oddly reassured that what I had been seeing was, in fact, valid and now we could get to work. It seemed all that work focused more around addressing symptoms and rote training than working towards the cause and it drove me crazy. Between the social pressure not to "be that parent" and a lack of finding resources, I found it difficult to find support for my son that made sense to me.
Reading Dr. Rosen's "It's All In The Head", I had so many AHA moments. Then I looked back at the pictures of him as a small child and spotted the distortions in his skull and body that the book shows and explains. 
I do not hesitate to keep copies of this book around for friends, trying to give them a resource I did not have. it helps support my friends when professionals don't see or agree with observations my friends are making about their own children. Amazing stuff, this book. I wish it had been around when my son was younger.
Thank you, Drs. Rosen and Watson"
Jake's Mom
"My son was born after a precipitous labor. He had severe lip and tongue ties. We were referred by a hospital lactation specialist to have a laser revision done. Although he was able to nurse, it took him ages to empty the breast, leading to mastitis. His eczema led us to use scratch leaves, not wanting to put chemicals on his cradle cap. Without us knowing, under the watch of his pediatrician, he was failing to meet milestones like sitting up on his own and did not have a strong cross crawl before he learned to walk for a year. His symptoms (including sleep) worsened, and at age two, we noticed his speech was not continuing to grow at the rate at which it did during the first year.
He was three years and eight months old, and had been in occupational therapy for a year when he was first seen by Dr. Rosen, who explained the differences between normal and common development for us. After an intensive summer program seeing Dr. Rosen, and making changes to his diet (removing gluten and pasteurized dairy fortified with Vitamins D and A), most of his retained primitive reflexes were integrated.
At age seven, our son has been discharged from occupational and speech therapies. He enjoys horseback riding, swimming, and playing with his friends at his Waldorf school. It has been a long journey to course correct what could have been recognized and treated by a skilled chiropractor after birth. From protecting against over revision of tongue tie, to evaluating for reflux, from which which my younger son suffered—and ended up with a flat head from sleeping upright as well as behavior symptoms from a sphenoid imbalance— Dr. Rosen’s course will help the lay person to recognize the cranial distortions and subsequent patterns which develop. I encourage you to take the time to devote yourself to this course as the materials. I promise you will save those you love and care for, much time, energy, and effort in course correcting down the road. I wish it had been available to me for the birth of my children."
Ashley Griffin, mother of 3