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2019 Physical Therapy Treatment of Pediatric Pelvic Floor Patient: Birth-18 Yrs - Bolingbrook, IL
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9/28/2019 to 9/29/2019
When: September 28-29, 2019
7:30 AM
Where: ATI Physical Therapy
790 Remington Blvd
Entrance B
Bolingbrook, Illinois  60440
United States
Presenter: Carina Siracusa, PT, DPT, WCS
Contact: SoWH Office

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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.

Course Hours

Day 1: 7:30 am -5:30 pm
Day 2: 7:30 am- 4:00 pm
Contact Hours: 16.0 hours

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to perform the following:

  1. Participants will be able to identify the neurological conditions that may affect the bowel and bladder in the pediatric pelvic floor patient.
  2. Participants will be able to identify the risk factors in the adolescent patient for incontinence or pelvic pain.
  3. Participants will be able to describe the development of the lower urinary tract system in the infant and toddler.
  4. Participants will be able to identify proper physical therapy treatment techniques for the pediatric pelvic floor patient.
  5. Participants will be able to apply developmental concepts to the treatment of pediatric pelvic floor disorders.

“Carina is very knowledgeable in this area.” – 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

“I absolutely love Carina’s perspective, and it is such a joy to learn from someone with excellent passion and energy in the field.” – 2016 Portland, OR Attendee

“I really enjoyed the course, learned what I came for.” – 2016 Portland, OR Attendee

“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” – 2016 Portland, OR Attendee

“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.”  – 2016 Portland, OR Attendee

“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” – 2016 Portland, OR Attendee

“So fabulous. Well-organized, great anecdotal and evidence-based information, and truly passionate and joyful about the subject matter.” – 2016 Portland, OR Attendee

“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


Open to: Licensed Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Student Physical Therapists.

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.

English Language Proficiency: If you are a foreign-educated physical therapist/assistant, 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 SoWH 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.

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