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What's Wrong with Kids? Pediatric Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
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When: Wednesday, September 12, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Webinar
United States
Presenter: Dawn Sandalcidi, PT, RCMT, BCB-PMD
Contact: (609) 208-0200

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APTANJ Webinar

co-hosted by the APTANJ Women's Health and Pediatric SIGs


Wednesday, September 12, 2018

7:00 PM - 9:00PM



Members: $30

Non-members: $75



What's Wrong with Kids?

Pediatric Pelvic Floor Dysfunction


According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), by 5 years of age, over 90% of children have daytime bladder control. What is life like for the other 10% who experience urinary leakage during the day? Bed-wetting is another pediatric issue with significant negative quality of life impact for children and their caregivers, with as much as 30% of 4 year-olds experiencing urinary leakage at night. Children who experience anxiety-causing events may have a higher risk of developing urinary incontinence, and in turn, having incontinence causes significant stress and anxiety for children. (Thibodeau et al., 2013) Having bowel dysfunction, such as constipation, is also a contributor to urinary leakage or urgency, and with nearly 5% of pediatric office visits occurring for constipation, the need to address these issues is great. (Constipation in Children, 2013) As pediatric bladder and bowel dysfunction can persist into adulthood, pelvic rehabilitation providers must direct attention to the pediatric population to improve the health in our patient populations.

The pediatric population is greatly under-served, causing undo stress for the child and family, as well as development of internalizing and externalizing psychological behaviors. The two most common pelvic floor dysfunctions in the pediatric population are dysfunctional elimination syndrome and bed-wetting. This specialty continuing education course focuses on the treatment of children with day or nightime incontinence, fecal incontinence, and/or dysfunctional voiding habits.

This is an introductory lecture reviewing basic pelvic floor anatomy and common conditions seen in the pediatric population. Common causes of incontinence in the pediatric patient will be covered including video examples of the surface electromyography biofeedback.

Link to participate will be emailed to registrants prior to presentation date.

This presentation is offered as a live event only.



Dawn Sandalcidi Colorado Physical Therapist


Dawn Sandalcidi, PT, RCMT, BCB-PMD


Dawn Sandalcidi is the leading expert in the field of pediatric incontinence in physical therapy, and leads national trainings of professionals interested in evaluation and treatment of TMJ, back and neck, and pelvic floor muscle conditions.

Dawn has actively been treating patients for the past 36 years. She received her degree in physical therapy in 1982 from SUNY Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, New York. She participated in extensive international postgraduate studies in manual and manipulative therapy of the spine and extremities in Germany, Switzerland and New Zealand. In 1992, Dawn completed an additional two year residency with Mariano Rocabado to become a Rocabado Certified Manual Therapist (RCMT) and instructor for the spine, pelvis and TMJ. Dawn is also Board Certified Biofeedback in Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction (BCB-PMD). Dawn has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) since 1980 and a member of the APTA Section on Women's Health since 1994.

In addition to lecturing internationally on pediatric bowel and bladder disorders, Dawn has also lectured on pelvic pain for CPD Health Courses for osteopaths, manual therapists and acupuncturists in Melbourne, Australia. In 2017, Dawn was invited to speak at the World Physical Therapy Conference in South Africa about pediatric pelvic floor dysfunction and incontinence.

Dawn has been published in the Journal of Urologic Nursing, the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy, Journal of the Section of Women's Health and Journal of International Association of Orafacial Myology. In 2018, Dawn was awarded the Elizabeth Noble Award by the American Physical Therapy Association Section on Women's Health for providing extraordinary and exemplary service to the field of physical therapy for women.

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