Physical Therapy Education Series - Pelvic Health for the Pediatric and Adolescent Patient

May 3, 2024

Pelvic health conditions such as constipation, incontinence, encopresis, enuresis, and dysfunctional voiding affect children of all ages and impact their daily functioning in many ways. The etiology of these conditions is multifactorial and treatment can be complex.  Treating pediatric pelvic health conditions requires a specific set of skills and education around treatment strategies that are unique to this patient population. Treatment often includes urotherapy as a conservative approach to treat urinary dysfunction as well as first line treatment for constipation (Austin 2014). When adding pelvic floor muscle retraining, treatment can be enhanced with improvements in outcomes (Chase, 2010). There are many clinicians who need to improve their ability to manage these patients. This course will take a deep dive into these disease states and share best practices for the advanced treatment in the pediatric and adolescent populations.

This course will be presented virtually from Children's Hospital Colorado

Registration Fees:

$50 (external providers/Non-CHCO learners)
$10 (internal providers/CHCO learners)

Target Audience

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of Physical Therapists, Occupational Theraapists, Primary Care Providers, physicians, advanced practice providers who care for the pelvic health of patients, and Students  

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe and explain common pediatric pelvic health conditions as well as be able to describe the functions of the pelvic floor musculature.
  2. Identify evidence-based practice of pediatric pelvic health conditions, translate this into practice, and plan treatment programs for their patients.
  3. Apply the knowledge and skills learned in this course to improve patient outcomes and decrease the length of therapy required. 
  4. Describe the use of biofeedback in treatment of pelvic health related diagnoses in pediatrics

Additional Information

Course Contact: 
For any questions or concerns, please contact Matthew Stern @
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 7.50 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
05/03/2024 - 8:00am MDT
Event ends: 
05/03/2024 - 4:00pm MDT

Pre-requisite course work: Introduction to pelvic floor dysfunction in pediatrics and adolescents (30 minutes) – Taylor Fogarty, DPT

  • 8:00-8:20 Introduction and review of key points of pelvic anatomy: Taylor Fogarty, DPT
  • 8:20-8:50 Core/Breathing Connections:  Abby Good, DPT
  • 8:50-9:10 What are the common reasons a pediatric GI physician refers to pelvic health physical therapy and why?: Alexandra Kilgore, MD
  • 9:10-9:30 Psychology perspectives for gastroenterology and urology conditions in pediatric patients – Morgan Drake, PhD
  • 9:30-10:00 Management of dysfunctional voiding and other urological conditions – Duncan Wilcox, MD
  • 10:00-10:15 panel discussion on urology diagnoses/gastroenterology diagnoses/psychology perspectives - Alexandra Kilgore, MD ; Duncan Wilcox, MD ; Morgan Drake, PhD
  • 10:15-10:25 - BREAK – 10 minutes
  • 10:25-11:00 Physical Therapy Interventions for Lower Gastroenterology Conditions -- Alex Curoe, DPT
  • 11:00-11:30 Introduction to and treatment of Functional Abdominal Pain, Nausea, and Rumination: Juliette Hawa, DPT
  • 11:30-12:00 A Physical Therapist's Approach to Treating Individuals with Dysfunctional Voiding and Other Urological Conditions: Jamie Brew, DPT
  • 12:00-12:15 panel discussion on physical therapy treatment of gastroenterology and urology conditions: Alex Curoe, DPT ; Juliette Hawa, DPT ; Jamie Brew, DPT
  • 12:15-1:00 LUNCH
  • 1:00-1:30 Gynecologic connections – Physician perspective on pelvic pain - Stephen Scott, MD
  • 1:30-2:00 Orthopedic connections- Hip and pelvic pain - Treatment for the adolescent patient: Taylor Fogarty, DPT
  • 2:00-2:30 Orthopedic connections - Pelvic Floor Considerations for Pediatric and Adolescent Athletes: Molly McDonald, DPT
  • 2:30-3:00 Pelvic Health Management for Patients with Hypermobility: Anna Dixon, DPT and Shawn Walker, DPT
  • 3:00-3:30 Neurological Connections: Considerations Regarding the Neurodevelopmental Pediatric Patient: Kelsey Pauley, DPT, Megan Meloon, DPT and Lauren Boryla, DPT
  • 3:30-4:00 Collaboration on Toileting – case presentation and discussion on the role of OT and PT with time for additional questions, wrap up, post test
Children's Hospital Colorado
Aurora, CO 80045
United States

Program Activity Directors:
Taylor Fogarty, PT, DPT, OCS
Physical Therapist III, Pelvic Health Diagnosis Lead

Michele Kohl, PT, DPT, OCS
Orthopedic Physical Therapy Clinical Practice Specialist

Program Faculty Presenters:

Taylor Fogarty, PT, DPT, OCS
Physical Therapist III, Pelvic Health Diagnosis Lead

Michele Kohl, PT, DPT, OCS
Orthopedic Physical Therapy Clinical Practice Specialist

Abigail Good, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist II

Alexandra Curoe, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist III

Juliette Hawa, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist II

Jamie Brew, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist II

Alexandra Kilgore, MD

Duncan Wilcox, MD
Physician and Head of Urology Department

Morgan Drake, PhD

Molly McDonald, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist III

Anna Dixon, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist II

Shawn Walker, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist III

Kelsey Pauley, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist III

Megan Meloon, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist III

Lauren Boryla, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist III

Stephen Scott, MD

CEUL130817 has been Approved by the APTA Colorado

  • Status Type: Approved
  • Credits Approved For: 7.50
  • Approval Number: CEUL130817
  • Approved From: 03/20/2024
  • Approved To: 03/20/2025


Available Credit

  • 7.50 Attendance


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