This course addresses the issues in pediatrics that are relevant to physical therapists. Emphasis is on movement of infants and children from the newborn period to 13 years of age. The course also applies the information on normal development to the many pathologies known to infants and children, particularly to cerebral palsy, meningomyelocele, pseudohypertrophic muscular dystrophy, and developmental delay; these four distinct diagnoses are used as models for the design of physical therapy programs for children with other pathologies. The assessment and treatment of premature infants is also addressed.
Prerequisites: Second year status in the Physical Therapy program.