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Course Description

This course utilizes content from the textbook “Physical Therapy for Children” Fourth Edition by Suzann K. Campbell, PT, PhD, FAPTA, Robert J. Palisano, PT, ScD, and Margo N. Orlin, PT, PhD © 2012, published by Elsevier.

Instructional Level: Beginner to Intermediate

This course serves as both a leading physical therapy text and a practical clinical reference providing the essential information you need when working with children.  You can expect comprehensive information in areas such as decision making, screening, development, PT Management of pediatric disorders and much more – all utilizing a family-centered care model. 

Throughout this fourth edition, information has been updated to include special topics such as gait, genomics, and assistive technology.  Patient and client cases are accompanied by an ‘Evidence to Practice’ box that will help each learner to understand how the latest research relates to the decisions made in each case as well as more case studies that expand the number of clinical scenarios to help understand how concepts apply to practice.  Coverage of fetal development and genetics helps to explain how and why various disorders occur and lastly, more cardiopulmonary coverage helps you consider important factors including assessment information and typical values across the lifespan for blood pressure, heart rate, and respiratory rate.

To better meet your professional needs, this fully illustrated text of 1058 pages has been carefully broken down by sections into 8 modules.  Each module approved for 10 contact hours of post-graduate continuing education (NOTE: board approvals vary state to state, please check your states approval status in the state specific course catalog by returning to our home page and entering both your state and profession).

Each 10 contact hour module can be purchased individually or combined with one or all of the other modules from this course to create a Course Bundle.  Each course is offered in two easy formats to again meet your professional needs.  You can choose to have immediate access to your course by selecting the online format (PDF download) or a hard copy of the material can be rushed to your home by selecting our mail format. 

What you can expect from each Module:

Module Description

Included in Module 2:  Evidence-Based Decision, Musculoskeletal Development and Adaptation, and Physical FitnessChapter 
Chapter 1:  Evidence-Based Decision Making in the Pediatric Physical Therapy
Chapter 5:  Musculoskeletal Development and Adaptation
Chapter 6:  Physical Fitness During Childhood and Adolescence

Module Goals

Course Goals:This course is intended to instruct the professional through a self-paced study of Evidence-Based Decision, Musculoskeletal Development and Adaptation, and Physical FitnessChapter 
Professional Learning Objectives
1.    Discuss evidenced-based practice.
2.    Explain the use of the mnemonic PICO and its usefulness in a well written clinical question related to intervention.
3.    Identify systematic reviews of interest to pediatric physical therapists.
4.    Define clinical reasoning.
5.    Demonstrate knowledge in physical therapy diagnosis and prognosis.
6.    Discuss poor motor outcomes in the pediatric population.
7.    Explain the level of mobility that a child is expected to achieve between 6 and 12 years of age.
8.    Identify the purpose of the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice.
9.    Discuss diagnosis as an element of physical therapy management.
10.  List the three domains that appear in research on interpersonal aspects of care.
11  .Discuss the experimental paradigm of single-subject research.
12  .Demonstrate knowledge in musculoskeletal development and adaptation.
13.  Explain the adaptation of muscle fibers.
14.  Demonstrate knowledge in the physiological evolution of lower limb alignment.
15.  Identify the long term effects of atypical musculoskeletal development.
16.  Explain the central tendency values of lower extremity range of motion.
17.  Discuss standardized testing positions for handheld dynamometry.
18.  Explain possible effects intervention may have on the musculoskeletal system.
19.  Discuss key points prior to the recommendations of long term orthotics for typically developing children with flat feet.
20.  Identify the purpose of the treadmill partial weight bearing environment.
21.  Discuss the benefit of orthopedic surgery when treating spasticity.
22.  Explain the benefit of physical fitness during childhood and adolescence.
23.  Define physical fitness.
24.  Demonstrate knowledge in health-related fitness components and the rationale for importance to health promotion and disease prevention.
25.  Identify cardiopulmonary function variables and the response to exercise in childhood.
26.  Discuss the President’s Challenge fitness test.
27.  List the components of physical fitness.
28.  Discuss assessments for cardiorespiratory endurance.
29.  Explain the assessment of muscular strength and endurance in children with disabilities.
30.  Demonstrate knowledge in conditioning in children with disabilities.