PT Treatment of the Pediatric Pelvic Floor Patient: Birth-18 Years
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.
Contact hours: 16
- Day 1: 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM Central Time
- Day 2: 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM Central Time
- Breaks are included: 15 min Morning break, 1 hour lunch break
*Attendees must login 15 minutes before start time. Times may be slightly adjusted closer to the course date
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to perform the following:
- Identify the neurological conditions that may affect the bowel and bladder in the pediatric pelvic floor patient.
- Identify the risk factors in the adolescent patient for incontinence or pelvic pain.
- Describe the development of the lower urinary tract system in the infant and toddler.
- Identify proper physical therapy treatment techniques for the pediatric pelvic floor patient.
- Apply developmental concepts to the treatment of pediatric pelvic floor disorders.
What is included:
- 16 hours of live instruction in webinar format
- Electronic course materials (12-month access)
- Multiple-choice question exam and survey (30 days to complete after the course)
- Certificate of Completion (issued upon 80% or higher score on exam)
- Eligibility: You must be a Licensed Physical Therapist (PT), Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA), Student Physical Therapist (SPT). You do not have to specialize in pelvic health physical therapy, all types of PTs, PTAs and SPTs are eligible to take this course.
- Pre-requisites: None other than the completion of pre-reading assignments
- Attendance: Participants are expected to stay through the entire course; please make your travel plans accordingly. Deduction of contact hours hours will occur for participants who leave the course early.
- Equipment: Computer, access to Zoom, a stable internet connection, microphone, and webcam.
- Lab Participation: There is no lab component to this course. The course consists of only lecture with lab demonstration conducted by the instructor.
Carina Siracusa, PT, DPT
Board-Certified Women’s Health Clinical Specialist
Carina practices with OhioHealth 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 (formerly Section on Women’s Health) for over 7+ years.… continue
“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.”
“I absolutely love Carina’s perspective, and it is such a joy to learn from someone with excellent passion and energy in the field.”
“I really enjoyed the course, learned what I came for.”
“Love Carina’s skill set— What a nice blend of therapy skills. Excellent knowledge base. Best one so far on WH series.- she kept us alert”
“She did an excellent job of relating information to case studies and giving really thorough information regarding Pediatric milestones, norms, and how to bring pelvic floor information down to the level of kiddos.”
“Carina has a great sense of humor. Her passion for her profession in evident in her teaching style. The encouraged interaction was excellent and I did not feel that we were rushed”
“So fabulous. Well-organized, great anecdotal and evidence-based information, and truly passionate and joyful about the subject matter.”
“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”
“Enjoyed videos and felt they were valuable. Carina had a good sense of humor. Patient scenarios presented were very valuable”