presented by Venita Lovelace-Chandler
Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.
Venita Lovelace-Chandler, PT, PHD, PCS
Dr. Lovelace-Chandler has been an educator in pediatric topics for over 30 years to professional and post-professional physical therapy students. She has over 40 years of experience in pediatrics, has recertified as a specialist two times, and still carries a small caseload. She taught numerous Advanced Clinical Practice courses in pediatrics for the APTA, has…Read full bio
1. Screening Systems and Conducting a Physical Examination
Therapists rarely need to conduct an extensive physical examination, but they should be able to use the history to prioritize screening of systems. Even systems assumed not to be related to impairments should be quickly screened to eliminate the presence of comorbidities that might impede a successful response to interventions. This chapter describes a quick review of each of the systems to be included in the initial examination and assessment.
2. Using Signs, Symptoms, and Flags for Decision Making
This chapter will define important terms for the screening process: signs, symptoms, and yellow and red flags. The chapter also discusses factors that indicate a finding should be a red flag that suggests a referral.
3. Establishing a Plan of Care Within the Scope of Practice
Pediatric therapists use the history, screening, and physical examination processes and other tests and measures to establish a plan of care. The traditional examination and assessment process will be briefly reviewed to illustrate how history taking, screening, and physical examination activities inform the process.