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Pediatric Physiotherapy Around the World

Pediatric Physiotherapy Around the World

Pediatric Physiotherapy Around the World

This course includes
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Certificate of completion
This course was recorded in May 2024


The Paediatric Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association are excited to welcome Karen Hurtubise to speak on what pediatric physiotherapy looks like around the world. Karen is the president of the International Organization of Physiotherapists in Pediatric (IOPIP) and is well connected globally.

This interview style course will give participants a closer look at how pediatric physiotherapy differs around the globe to broaden their perspectives.

This is a free course for all physiotherapists interested in working in or who are working in pediatrics.


Speaker: Karen Hurtubise

Karen is a physiotherapist with a PhD in Health Sciences Research from the University of Sherbrooke. Using a participatory approach, Karen's doctoral research evaluated the effectiveness of an intensive interdisciplinary rehabilitation program for youth with pain-related disability. Her research interests include co-designing, implementing and evaluating novel health service delivery models to improve access to health services which meet the needs of children and youth with disabilities and their families.

Karen is currently the President of the International Organization of Physiotherapists in Pediatric (IOPIP) which aims to provide a means by which World Physiotherapy member organizations with a common interest in children and their families may meet, confer, and promote these interests.

The instructors
Paediatric Division of the CPA

The Paediatric Division is a special interest group within the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. Our membership consists of clinicians from all practice settings, students, educators, researchers, physiotherapy assistants and administrators all of whom have a passion for promoting participation and enhancing the lives of children and their families. We are dedicated to provide resources and information for paediatric patients and their families to promote participation and function independence in all aspects of life.

Paediatric physiotherapists employ clinical expertise in the early detection of health problems, treatment, education and management of congenital, developmental, neuromuscular, skeletal, cardiorespiratory or acquired disorders/diseases. Paediatric physiotherapists work with children of all ages, from infants through young adulthood to promote participation and functional independence. Paediatric physiotherapists have a unique role in that they not only work with the child, but also their families in the context of their daily home, school and recreational environment.

Paediatric physiotherapists use validated outcome measures to assess the level of strength, flexibility, gross-, and fine-motor coordination and overall functional capabilities to determine participation limitations or restrictions as a result of injury, disease or disability.

Through analysis of objective assessment findings, the paediatric physiotherapist uses evidence-based treatment interventions specifically tailored to the client and their family's goals. Treatment interventions focus on improving gross and fine motor skills, balance and coordination, strength and endurance, as well as cognitive and sensory processing/integration.

Canadian Physiotherapy Association

As the vital partner for the profession, the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) leads, advocates, and inspires excellence and innovation to promote health. CPA’s goal is to provide exceptional service, valuable information and connections to the profession of physiotherapy, across Canada and around the world.
Course Material included in this course
  • Pediatric Physiotherapy Around the World
  • Welcome!
  • Video Presentation
  • Feedback

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