2023 Integrative Education Symposium

Empowering and Connecting Pediatric Professionals
24 February 2023
Course D: A Developmental Approach to Understanding and Treating the Pelvic Floor in Babies and Young Children
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Michelle Emanuel, OTR/L

February 24, 2023, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm CST
Cost: Early Bird registration by January 13th, 2023 $215;
Standard registration January 14th onward, $230
CEUs: 6 Contact Hours

Course Level: Intermediate
Audience: OTs, PTs, SLPS, and interested others
Course Description

A current hot topic in therapy is pelvic floor health, and function/dysfunction, especially as it relates to women and men. This course, however, is focused on infant and young children’s pelvic floor and how to incorporate anatomical and functional principles to provide additional therapeutic support. We will cover unique aspects of the pelvis, the influence of growth, neurodevelopmental maturation, and postural changes in infancy. Participants will learn practical application to assess and treat pelvic floor dysfunction through video case studies and experiential labs.

Course Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify 3 unique features of the infant and young child’s pelvis.

  2. Demonstrate understanding of pelvic floor function and impact on breathing, posture, and bowel bladder.

  3. Demonstrate 3 therapeutic approaches to optimizing pelvic floor function.


7:00 - 8:00 am: Check-in, breakfast provided, find your seat

8:00 – 8:05 am: Welcome, announcements, and speaker introduction


8:05 – 9:30 am:  Anatomy and Function of the Infant and Young Child Pelvic Floor


9:30 – 10:00 am: Morning Break


10:00 – 11:30 am:  Treatment rationale and functional indications for addressing the pelvic floor


11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Lunch


12:30 – 2:00 pm: Considering the pelvic floor with breathing, feeding, posture and more 


2:00 – 2:30 pm: Afternoon Break


2:30 – 4:00 pm: Pelvic Floor Lab / Question and Answer

Course Requirements

 In order to qualify for AOTA CEUs, you must attend at least 3 hours of the course (for partial credit), meet at least 2 of the objectives for the course and sign in and out on the sheets provided documenting your attendance at the course. After completing a self-evaluation, you will be emailed a course certificate within one week of the event.

Continuing Education

6 Contact Hours awarded if course requirements are met. Integrative Education is an AOTA Approved Provider, number 11607. AOTA approval for this course is pending and information will be updated as soon as we’re able. For additional continuing education information for PT, and SLP, and social work, click here​ to access our CEU policy information.

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