This course will allow the participants to learn about the development of the pelvic floor through the early life span. Early development of bladder and bowel control will be discussed for both typically developing and developmentally disabled children. Toilet training techniques for typically developing children will be shared. Common neurological dysfunctions will be discussed as well as bowel and bladder training for the neurologically disabled child. Common pelvic floor dysfunctions of teenagers will be discussed such as amenorrhea and dysmenorrhea and pediatric pelvic pain. Treatment of bladder dysfunction in children and teenagers will be discussed including the use of sEMG biofeedback. Education and treatment of the incontinent teenage athlete will be outlined.
Instructor: Carina Siracusa, PT, DPT, WCS
Open to: Licensed Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Student Physical Therapists in their third year/final year of their program.
Day 1: 7:30 am -5:30 pm
Day 2: 7:30 am- 4:00 pm
Contact Hours: 16.0 hours
- Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Participants will be able to identify the neurological conditions that may affect the bowel and bladder in the pediatric pelvic floor patient.
- Participants will be able to identify the risk factors in the adolescent patient for incontinence or pelvic pain.
- Participants will be able to describe the development of the lower urinary tract system in the infant and toddler.
- Participants will be able to identify proper physical therapy treatment techniques for the pediatric pelvic floor patient.
- Participants will be able to apply developmental concepts to the treatment of pediatric pelvic floor disorders.
“Carina was very open to answering questions in a very supportive way, and good at facilitating discussion so other practitioners in the room could share their clinical experiences” – 2016 Portland, OR Attendee
“Enjoyed videos and felt they were valuable. Carina had a good sense of humor. Patient scenarios presented were very valuable” – 2016 Portland, OR Attendee
“Carina facilitates a lot of great discussion in class. She uses her own experience to expand on what is taught in the class, but managed to do this while still staying solid in evidence. I left feeling very empowered to work with this population.” – 2016 Portland, OR Attendee
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