Advanced Treatment of the Pediatric Pelvic Floor - Carina Siracusa

Sep 17, Friday – Sep 18, Saturday 8:00am – 4:30pm

Cost: $399 Early Bird rate thru August 10, 2021
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Instructor - Carina Siracusa, PT, DPT, WCS

September 17 - 18, 2021

Friday 8AM - 4:30PM & 

Saturday 8AM - 4PM

Course Description:

This course will expand on knowledge from the more basic pediatrics courses to help the physical therapist treat more complicated bowel and bladder difficulties in pediatric clients. It will discuss both evaluation and treated strategies for the more complicated pediatric bowel and bladder issues. It will also cover common bowel and bladder issues that occur in neurologically involved child. Participants will learn about several pediatric bowel and bladder surgeries and the pelvic floor treatment for these children post surgically. Participants will also learn more about connective tissues diseases and their effect on the bowel and bladder. It will cover respiratory diseases in children and the effect on the pelvic floor. The participants will leave the course with practical treatment ideas for improving bowel and bladder function in the complicated child and teenager whether they are a pediatric or pelvic floor physical therapist.

Course Objectives:

1. Identify breathing patterns and their effect on the pelvic floor.
2. Describe the effects that pediatric bladder surgeries have on the pelvic floor and how to treat these with pelvic floor therapy.
3. Explain how connective tissue dysfunction can affect bowel and bladder function.
4. Describe and analyze the current research on pelvic floor physical therapy for children and synthesize it for treatment.

Carina Siracusa, PT, DPT, WCS

Dr. Carina Siracusa graduated from physical therapy school at Ohio University in 2005 with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy.  She went on to work as a pediatric physical therapist at Genesis Outpatient Rehabilitation in Zanesville, Ohio where she treated a variety of congenital and acquired conditions in children from ages birth to 18.  Her primary caseload at this time consisted of mostly neurologic conditions.  In 2009 she completed her coursework in both Obstetric and Pelvic Physical Therapy from the APTA Section on Women’s Health.  In 2010 she began teaching the CAPP Pelvic courses for the Section on Women’s Health around the United States.  In 2012 she became the committee chair for the CAPP Pelvic Committee and helped to re-write all three levels of the Certification courses.  In 2014 she began working for OhioHealth in Columbus Ohio as one of the primary therapists in the neuroincontinence program as well as the wheelchair clinic supervisor.  In 2015 she became board certified in women’s health physical therapy.  In 2019 she became one of the first people in the united states to become board certified in oncology physical therapy.

In 2015, Carina authored and began teaching the course “Bowel and Bladder Treatment of the Pediatric Client: Birth to 18”.  She has taught this course both nationally and internationally.  She has also authored and taught the course” Bowel and Bladder Treatment of the Client with Neurologic Dysfunction.

She has presented at multiple national and international conferences on the topic of bowel and bladder treatment including the International Continence Society, The International Urogynecologic Association meeting, the World Confederation of Physical Therapy and the International Seating Symposium.  She continues to promote the need for pelvic floor treatment for clients with neurologic dysfunction throughout the world


$399 - Early Bird Rate thru August 10, 2021 

$435 - Regular Rate


1.35 CEUs (13.5 Education Contact Hours)

13.5 Clock Hours


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Full refund of the course registration fee, less $75 administrative fee, will be granted upon receipt of a written request postmarked on or before 21 days before the first day of the course. Cancellations by the attendee less than 21 days from the first day of the course are not eligible for any refund.


Mary Bridge Children's Therapy
402 15th AVE SE
Puyallup, WA 98372

We are planning for this course to be an in-person lab course. In the event we are unable to hold in-person due to COVID restrictions, a link will be sent to those registered so they may attend virtually. If a decision is made to do this course virtually , this site will be updated no later than August 16, 2021.


September 17 - 18, 2021


Friday 8 am- 4:30 pm,  Saturday 8 am - 4 pm


Location Details

Mary Bridge Children's Therapy-
402 15th AVE SE Puyallup, WA 98372

Contact Details

[email protected]

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