Physical Therapy Treatment of the Pediatric Pelvic Floor Patient: Birth to 18 Years (PEDS)

Live 2-Day Webinar

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.

Saturday: 8:00 am -5:00 pm CST * Attendance roll call begins at 7:45am CST
8:00 am -5:00 pm CST
Contact Hours:
16.0 hours

Format: Lecture and lab demo, 1-hour lunch break and two 15-minute breaks. Please note that there may be a slight time change closer to the course date.

Carina Siracusa

PT, DPT, Board-Certified Women's Health Clinical Specialist

Columbus, OH


November 14-15, 2020 | Live Webinar

Location: Virtual/Remote
Academy Member Rate: $625
Non-Member Rate: $725
Register by Oct 15, 2020 to save $50 on registration!

“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”

Pre-requisites: None.

Attendance: Participants are expected to stay through the entire course; please make your travel plans accordingly. Deduction of contact hours hours and ineligibility to participate in the CAPP process (for those attending CAPP courses) will occur for participants who leave the course early.

Lab Participation:  There is no lab component to this course. The course consists of only lecture with lab demonstration conducted by the instructor.

Course Eligibility & Prerequisites

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-readings will be provided electronically to course participants for completion prior to the course. An electronic lecture manual will be provided in the online Learning Center along with the post-course final exam, survey and a Course Completion Certificate (upon successful passing of the course exam)

Course Objectives

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.

Learning Center

Already registered for a course? Head on over to the Learning Center to access your pre-readings, course manual, discussion forums and your post-course final exam.

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Foreign-Educated Physical Therapists

English Language Proficiency

If you are a foreign-educated physical therapist, you will need to pass the TOEFL(Test of English as a Foreign Language) and meet the score requirements. There are some exemptions to the TOEFL requirement for individuals who are exempt under the USCIS regulations. TOEFL scores must be reported directly to APHPT for the purposes of determining eligibility for course attendance. The minimum TOEFL scores we require are the following: Reading: 21; Listening: 18; Writing: 24; Speaking: 26.