Journal Club Webinar

An Introduction for Treating the Pediatric Pelvic Floor: A Developmental Approach

Originally aired on November 12, 2020

Pelvic health physical therapists are well versed in treating conditions of the bowel and bladder in adults. When it comes to treating children, the same approaches are not as successful due to the different nature of children’s development and physiology. This one-hour webinar will explain how development of abdominal, diaphragmatic, and pelvic floor musculature contributes to bowel and bladder difficulties in the pediatric population. It will give the participant practical developmental exercises to emphasize to help improve postural core stability which will in turn improve pediatric issues like constipation and bed wetting. Participants will also be given ideas for collaboration with pediatric physical therapist for treatment and screening.

Participants will be able to:

  • Compare the differences in adult and pediatric anatomy of the pelvic floor related to gross motor development.
  • Create a developmental based treatment program for children with bowel and bladder dysfunction.

Moderator: Lauren Trosch, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist.

Recording: This webinar will be RECORDED. Please register to get a copy of the recording emailed to you after it airs.

Originally aired on November 12, 2020.


Carina Siracusa, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Women’s Health Clinical Specialist, practices with Ohio Health in Columbus, Ohio where she is a pelvic floor therapist and the program coordinator for the oncology rehabilitation team. She also works closely with the OhioHealth Neuroscience tower where she heads up the wheelchair clinic as well as the neuroincontinence program. She served as the CAPP Pelvic Committee Chair from 2011-2015. She has been teaching for the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy for over 7 years. She authored and teaches the course titled “Pediatric pelvic floor: Birth to 18 years”.

Co-Presenter: Amelia Gray, PT, DPT, Women’s Health Physical Therapy Resident at OhioHealth.


The Journal Club is a member-led group sponsored by the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy and the Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy (JWHPT). It is open to PTs, PTAs, SPTs and other medical health professionals who are interested in discussing the latest evidence and research to advance practice.

The free webinars usually take place monthly and last about one hour. The format is typically a moderated discussion with a question and answer segment to allow for real-time engagement and clinical discussion. Registration is required and recordings are sent to registrants who cannot attend live. Archives of past events can be found here.

Disclaimer: The JWHPT promotes scholarly discussion and clinical dissemination of best available evidence; Journal Club presenter’s are responsible for the accuracy of the content. Ideas and opinions expressed may not be those of the Academy of Pelvic Health and JWHPT.