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PHTY3084: Paediatric Physiotherapy

This unit of study is designed to prepare the student for practice in the area of paediatric physiotherapy. Emphasis is given to students developing anunderstanding of typical development and the potential influences upon a child's development. The student will develop understanding of the changes which occur from infancy to maturity in the neuro-motor, musculoskeletal and cardiopulmonary body systems, and the impact of congenital or acquired conditions causing dysfunction in one or more of these systems. The emphasis of the teaching approach will be on clinical and ethical reasoning within the WHO ICF-CY (International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health Children) to promote health and well-being for children within a family-centred practice framework. Paediatric clinical scenarios are designed to promoteself-directed learning in order to problem-solve assessment and management strategies for children with dysfunction, and/or are at risk of poor health and well-being. The approach will also emphasise the role of physiotherapy within broader health care teams and services to prepare students for the variety of health care settings andcontexts in which paediatric physiotherapists may work. The unit is designed to facilitate students to integrate prior learning from other units of study with the content of this unit.

Code PHTY3084
Academic unit Movement Sciences
Credit points 6
PHTY3081 and PHTY3082 and PHTY3087

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. solve relevant paediatric clinical problems accessing appropriate resources and using a process of clinical reasoning
  • LO2. demonstrate an understanding of typical growth and development from birth to adolescence
  • LO3. discuss the occurrence of variations in typical development and possible reasons for these
  • LO4. understand gross motor skill development in children 0-5 years and appreciate milestone development in other relevant domains
  • LO5. describe the potential impact of atypical development on the skeletal, respiratory and neurological systems
  • LO6. identify the potential psychosocial impact of illness, disease and/or disability on a child, their family and the community
  • LO7. Compare and select physiotherapy interventions based on the best evidence available and identify how the intervention would be managed and evaluated
  • LO8. describe a plan of management for a paediatric problem that also recognises the potential role of other health practitioners.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.