Course Description for Lifespan: Pediatrics
Description: This course is designed to provide the DPT student with an entry-Â-level understanding of normal development and then expanded to the identification of abnormal development. The role of the PT in the patient-Â-client management model in the pediatric practice settings will be explored to include: examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis and plan of care for common pediatric conditions across different practice settings including neonatal intensive care units, rehabilitation programs, early intervention programs, and the educational system. Pediatric physical therapy tests and measures and procedural interventions will be explored in depth using the best available evidence from medical, developmental and behavioral science sources. Other topics of discussion reflect contemporary issues in the physical therapy management of children. Case studies will be utilized to emphasize problem solving, clinical decision-Â-making, and evidence based practice in client management.