DPT 812: Pediatric Physical Therapy

Class Program
Credits 3
This course is an introductory course in the physical therapy management of pediatric patients. This course presents fundamental concepts for the physical therapy management of children with musculoskeletal, neurological, and/or cardiopulmonary impairments. A framework of normal development and aging from birth to young adult is presented and serves as a course foundation. Students apply the elements of patient/client management in physical therapy practice, including screening, examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, plan of care, intervention, and outcomes related to the pediatric patient. Topics included but are not limited to: developmental delay and disability, family-centered care, legislation related to provision of pediatric physical therapy services, orthotics, prosthetics, and assistive technologies. The student will be able to provide services to children in a manner consistent with family-centered care that is respectful of cultural diversity, occurs in the natural environment when appropriate, and fosters collaborative partnerships.