This seminar is designed to understand the development of the diaphragm and pelvic floor muscles (PFM) as it relates to core function and continence in children. Special needs children or those with musculoskeletal asymmetries frequently have a weak core, postural compensations and develop poor bowel and bladder habits. Did you ever consider activating a child’s pelvic floor musculature to increase their core strength and control, and improve their functional ability? Are you able to define what correct core activation is? Learn how to connect the ribcage, the diaphragm, and the pelvic floor for proper core activation.
This seminar includes instruction in anatomy and development of the diaphragm and its relationship to the pelvic floor/core. Focus on assessment and treatment of the core/breathing and the PFM in a school-based setting will be provided. This includes how to identify constipation and/or dysfunctional voiding habits and understanding how managing constipation can improve posture core control and breathing. The information presented in the course applies to children who have been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, Downs Syndrome, ASD, Hypotonia and more.
Audience: This course is open to physiotherapists, naturopathic doctors, occupational therapists, registered nurses, medical doctors, and other healthcare professionals interested in expanding their practice in pediatric bowel and bladder disorders.
Content is not intended for use outside the scope of the learner’s license or regulation. Continuing education courses should not be taken by individuals who are not licensed or otherwise regulated, except, as they are involved in a specific plan of care.
Prerequisites: None - beginner level course
- Constipation in Children. (2013). Retrieved June 9, 2014
- Robin SG, Keller C, Zwiener R, et al. Prevalence of Pediatric Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders Utilizing the Rome IV Criteria. J Pediatr 2018; 195:134.
- Thibodeau, B. A., Metcalfe, P., Koop, P., & Moore, K. (2013). Urinary incontinence and quality of life in children. Journal of pediatric urology, 9(1), 78-83.
Date/Time: October 21, 2022 from 11:00am – 5:30pm ET (Toronto). Please convert to your local time zone.
Dawn Sandalcidi, PT, RCMT, BCB-PMD
Dawn specializes in pelvic muscle dysfunction (incontinence and pain), orthopedic manual therapy, and TMJ treatment. She is the leading expert in the field of pediatric incontinence in physical therapy. She has trained medical professionals in manual therapy since 1992 both nationally and internationally. Dawn is certified by the Biofeedback Institute of America for pelvic muscle biofeedback treatment.
Dawn has actively been treating patients for the past 32 years and owns a private practice in Denver, Colorado, develops educational materials for health care providers through Progressive Therapeutics and provides consulting services through Physical Therapy Specialists. In addition she is an affiliate faculty member at Regis University Department of Physical Therapy in Denver, CO where she teaches pelvic muscle dysfunction/ women’s health physical therapy, as well TMJ.
Dawn received her degree in physical therapy in 1982 from SUNY Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, New York. She participated in extensive international postgraduate studies in manual and manipulative therapy of the spine and extremities in Germany, Switzerland and New Zealand. In 1992, Dawn completed an additional two-year residency to become a certified instructor of the Mariano Rocabado techniques for the spine, pelvis and craniomandibular joints (RCMT). Dawn also received her BCB-PMD Board Certified Biofeedback in Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction.