Postgraduate in Paediatric Physiotherapy

Universitat Internacional de Catalunya
In Barcelona (Spain)

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Important information

  • Certificate
  • Barcelona (Spain)
  • 300 hours of class
  • Duration:
    7 Months
Description

Paediatric physiotherapy involves the treatment of both acute and chronic conditions occurring in infancy that disturb the development of motor skills and limit the potential for functional independence in adulthood. Paediatric physiotherapy is a specialty field of physiotherapy that requires specific knowledge, training and interest.This sub-field represents a clinical science in a constant process of ongoing change and development. Scientific discoveries yielded by recent studies in neuroscience and the study of movement have recently brought radical changes and modern updates to the practise of physiotherapy. This non-stop development means that professionals must be ready and willing to constantly enhance their skills and incorporate new findings into their practice.Knowledge in psychomotor development, movement education and control and adaptations to growth are some of the aspects that help paediatric physiotherapists design effective therapeutic strategies and help the child’s motor skills reach their full potential.The Postgraduate in Paediatric Physiotherapy program provides specialised training to physiotherapists dedicated to working in paediatrics, infant development, early assessment, special education and orthopaedic paediatrics.

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Barcelona
Immaculada, 22, 8017, Barcelona, Spain
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What you'll learn on the course

Anatomy
Malformation
CNS
Descending motor pathways
Neuromotor Disorder
Early Treatment
Hospital Care
Therapeutic Intervention
Research Methodology
Scientific Evidence
Research
Biomechanics

Course programme

Course Curriculum


1. Anatomy and embryology

  • Infant fetal skeletal muscle development
  • Malformation, deformation, disruption.

2. Neurophysiology of the motor control systems

  • Description of the levels of the CNS involved in controlling movement.
  • Descending motor pathways.
  • Function of the cerebellum, basal ganglia and cortex in motor control.
  • Clinical characteristics associated with lesions to the upper motor neuron.
  • Clinical characteristics associated with lesions to the cerebellum.
  • Clinical characteristics associated with lesions to the basal ganglia.

3. Development and growth

  • Contemporary view of motor development (dynamic systems).
  • Advances in neuroscience applied to the study of movement.
  • Advances in neuroscience applied to the acquisition of postural control and balance.
  • Effects of the sensory systems (visual, vestibular and propioceptor somatosensory) in the development of postural control and balance.
  • Main neurological anomalies that bring about problems with balance.
  • Development of the skeletal muscle system as it grows.

4. Special services for children with neuromotor disorder

  • Foundations of early treatment.
  • Role of the physiotherapist in the educational field (psychopedagogy assessment team, ordinary/special school).
  • Care in hospitals.

5. CNS pathology

  • Upper motor neuron lesion.
  • Adaptive neural and skeletal muscle mechanisms occurring following a CNS lesion.
  • Assessment mechanisms in the case of spasticity.
  • Etiology and causes of cerebral palsy.
  • Therapeutic approach to the different types of cerebral palsy.
  • Neurological syndromes: Rett syndrome, Angelman syndrome, etc.
  • Traumatic brain injury.

6. Skeletal muscle pathologies

  • Obstetric brachial palsy.
  • Congenital muscular torticolis.
  • Congenital hip dislocation.
  • Achondroplasia and congenital deformities.
  • Congenital arthrogryposis multiplex.
  • Malformations of the neural tube (spina bifida). Level of lesion.
  • Perthes syndrome.

7. Neuromuscular pathology

  • Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
  • Infant muscular atrophy.
  • Other neuromuscular disorders: Guilain-Barré syndrome, Steiner muscular dystrophy.
  • Specific assessment mechanisms for infant neuromuscular disorders.
  • Technology available to children with neuromuscular disorders.

8. Assessment

  • Neurological exploration and the diagnostic process in childhood neurology.
  • Objectives and assessment methods in infant rehabilitation.
  • Assessment tools in paediatric physiotherapy: gross motor function measure (GMFM), gross motor function classification system for cerebral palsy (GMFCSPC), Berg Balance Scale.
  • Assessment of spasticity.
  • Skeletal muscle assessment:
  • Biomechanical and functional bases of sedestation in a growing child.
  • Sedestation assessment protocols in the therapeutic decision.
  • Usage criteria for adjustment by way of plaster: moulded chairs and their forms.
  • Assessment of hip growth.
  • Usage criteria for standing programmes.
  • Skeletal muscle assessment of the lower limbs.
  • Usage criteria for the different orthesic options.

9. Therapeutic intervention

  • Main treatment focuses in the history of paediatric physiotherapy.
  • Therapeutic intervention strategies for different posture and movement dysfunctions. Scientific foundations that endorse the different therapeutic strategies.
  • Physiotherapy intervention programmes for different pathologies.
  • Function of technical aids and adapted material.
  • Mobility aids in the therapeutic process.
  • Training in walking by way of systems which partially support weight.
  • Postural and orthopaedic prevention aids: splints, standing, moulded chairs.
  • Postoperative physiotherapy treatment.
  • Therapeutic intervention programmes in changes in the diet and language of children with perceptual and motor disorders.
  • Basal stimulation techniques applied to children with multiple deficiencies.
  • Therapeutic work techniques in families with disabled children.
  • Play as a therapeutic tool.
  • Physiotherapy respiratory techniques in paediatrics.
  • Function and use of TheraTogs in the therapeutic process.
  • Therapeutic strategies for the development of biped balance.

10. Walking in children

  • Characteristics of a normal and pathological step.
  • Biomechanics of the foot/ankle.
  • Principals of stability and control.
  • Development of a biomechanical basis for dynamic ankle foot orthosis (DAFO) and assessment: forefoot, dorsiflexion, plantar flexion.
  • Assessment and accuracy in making suitable orthotic decisions.

11. Psychopedagogical intervention

  • Changes in cognitive functions and behaviour disorders.
  • Alternative communication systems and technology available to children with disabilities.

12. Surgery

  • Surgery in different skeletal muscle pathologies.
  • Neurosurgery in CNS pathologies.
  • Surgery treating the consequences of cerebral palsy.

13. Therapeutic recreation activities

  • Aquatic activities for children with disabilities.
  • Equine therapy.

14. Research methodology

  • Scientific research, introduction and methods.
  • Bibliographical reviews.
  • Type of publications: clinical cases, articles, clinical practice guides.
  • Levels of scientific evidence.