This two-day on-site laboratory session will enhance students’ knowledge and skills in the hands-on, evidence-based management of the pediatric patient with musculoskeletal conditions that impact growth and development and restrict participation.  Evidence-based examination, medical screening, use of outcome measures, diagnostic testing for patients with both congenital and acquired musculoskeletal pathology will be discussed, as well as examining selected interventions for pediatric patients.  Various treatment approaches and techniques are reviewed with emphasis on therapeutic exercise, dosing and exercise prescription, and handling/positioning and their effects on a child’s participation across the ICF.  The eight hours of on-line pre-coursework will prepare participants for this hand-on experience.

Target Audience: Licensed Physical and/or Occupational Therapists

Contact Hours:  24 contact hours (8 online and 16 on-site) from EIM Institutes of Health Professions

EIM Program Applicability: None. This course must be taken in conjunction with an 8-week online management course to earn constructive credit towards EIM’s Certification in Pediatric Practice program.


  1. Integrate knowledge of foundational sciences related to structure, normal musculoskeletal development and maturation, movement dysfunction, and pathophysiology of congenital conditions to enhance physical therapy outcomes.
  2. Develop understanding of medical management, including diagnostic testing, pharmacology, and surgical procedures, of selected musculoskeletal disorders.
  3. Perform a systematic examination and medical screening of patients with selected musculoskeletal disorders in order to guide evaluation, diagnosis/prognosis, intervention, and referral as needed.
  4. Select appropriate outcome measures and developmental testing for selected musculoskeletal disorders.
  5. Demonstrate appropriate therapeutic exercise (handling/positioning, strengthening, mobility, and activity-based interventions) and indirect interventions needed (equipment, bracing, team collaboration) for children with selected musculoskeletal disorders.
  6. Determine appropriate use of orthotics, splints, and adaptive equipment based on available evidence.