Participants completing this course will be able to:
- List 2 muscles groups and describe 3 functions of the pelvic floor
- Understand the development of the diaphragm and the pelvic floor as it related to bowel and bladder function in pediatrics
- Describe normal bowel and bladder health in the pediatric population
- Understand the relationship of constipation and effect on the bladder and pressure systems in the abdomen
- Understand how bowel function can change the ability of the core to properly activate and cause other motor control disturbances with developmental milestones
- Evaluate the effects of posture and positioning on the pelvic floor and transverse abdominus muscle recruitment and relaxation.
- Perform verbal instruction of pelvic floor and transverse abdominus activation
- Perform 3 different diaphragmatic breathing techniques for pediatric patients including diastasis rectus abdominis assessment with examples of core activation.
- Analyze the rib cage as it relates to proper core activation and function of the diaphragm
- Assess when to make a proper referral to a trained pediatric pelvic therapist
Seminar content is targeted to physical and occupational therapists, physicians and nurses. Content is not intended for use outside the scope of the learner’s license or regulation. Clinical continuing education should not be taken by individuals who are not licensed or otherwise regulated, except, as they are involved in a specific plan of care.
Dawn Sandalcidi PT, RCMT, BCB-PMD
Dawn Sandalcidi PT, RCMT, BCB-PMD specializes in: pelvic muscle dysfunction (incontinence and pain) and orthopedic manual therapy. She is the leading expert in the field of pediatric incontinence in physical therapy. She has trained medical professionals in manual therapy both nationally and internationally since 1992. Dawn is also Board-Certified Biofeedback in Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction (BCB-PMD).
Dawn has actively been treating patients for the past 38 years and owns the private practice clinic Physical Therapy Specialists in Centennial, Colorado. She develops educational materials for health care providers and provides consulting services through DSD PT Consulting.
In addition to lecturing internationally on pediatric bowel and bladder disorders, Dawn has also lectured on pelvic pain for CPD Health Courses for osteopaths, manual therapists and acupuncturists in Melbourne, Australia. In 2017, Dawn was invited to speak at the World Physical Therapy Conference in South Africa about pediatric pelvic floor dysfunction and incontinence.
In 2018, Dawn was awarded the Elizabeth Noble Award by the American Physical Therapy Association Section on Women’s Health for providing extraordinary and exemplary service to the field of physical therapy for women and children.
Dawn receives a speaking fee for her presentation. She has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
Thursday, March 4, 2021
8:00 am – 3:00 pm
8:00 Introduction and welcome
8:15 Anatomy of the Pelvic Floor Muscles (PFM)
8:45 Define the Core–The pelvic floor, diaphragm, the abdominal wall. The development of the PFM and its relationship reactionary and anticipatory core with postural development
9:30 Constipation -constipation screening and treatment of the core as it relates to constipation limiting the ability of the core to activate correctly for other functional tasks
10:30 PFM visual screen with verbal cues and positioning for successful PFM activation
11:00 Diastasis Rectus Abdominus assessment.
11:15 Breathing Assessment belly breathing assessment and treatment
11:45 Ribcage assessment for proper diaphragm function
12:00 Lunch break
12:30 Connecting the ribcage, the diaphragm and pelvic floor for proper core activation
1:30 Patient examples and treatment progressions
6 contact hours
Approved for 6 contact hours by NYSED’s State Board for PT.
Application has been made to NJBPTE for CE credit approval.
TSI is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures. Approved by AOTA for .6 CEUs. .6 contact hours, Intermediate Level, Domain of OT: Client Factors.