A Holistic and Integrative Approach to Pediatric Pelvic Health

Upcoming Livestream Dates

October 26-27 & November 2-3, 2022
9:30 AM-11:00 AM CT

Interested in this course, contact us to be placed on the waiting list at education@sensoryhealth.org.

Cost: $597/per person.
This includes all course readings, resources, pre-recorded modules and live-streamed sessions.

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Pediatric Bowel and Bladder Incontinence is a specialty area of practice that many people and healthcare providers are unfamiliar with, which makes it an area of practice that is underserved. According to the International Children's Continence Society (ICCS), 15% of children experience the common problem of incontinence.
In this course, we will focus on how to assess and treat Bowel and Bladder Dysfunction (BBD) and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction in Children, while utilizing a holistic and integrative approach to pelvic health care. This course will begin with an introduction to the urinary system, digestive system, and the pelvic floor muscles. We will then focus on the Therapeutic Process of support and examine various theories to utilize in clinical practice with this specialty population of children. Next, we will look at how Sensory Processing and Sensory Integration plays a critical role in bowel and bladder management in children with BBD. Finally, we will learn about how Complementary and Alternative Medicine practices can be integrated in the plan of care for pediatric pelvic health patients. The course provides practical guidance on various intervention techniques to use with pediatric pelvic health patients, by use of demonstrations, work-shop scenarios, and case studies. This course also aims to provide therapists with the tools needed in order to deliver neurodiverse, trauma-informed, DEI and LGBTQ+ affirming care.

Course Structure and Instructional Methods:

  • four, 1 1/2-hour live-streamed sessions with demonstrations, case studies, and live Q & A
  • two, 1-hour screencasts to be viewed prior to the first live-streamed session (provided 3 weeks prior to the start of the course)

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the 3 basic functions of the urinary and digestive systems
  • List 5 functions of the pelvic floor muscles
  • Describe 3 common conditions that are considered BBD or pelvic floor muscle dysfunction
  • Explain how a holistic and integrative approach to pediatric health benefits the child and family unit
  • Explain the basics of “Neurodiverse, DEI, trauma-informed, LGBTQ+” affirming care
  • Describe the therapeutic process of support as it relates to pediatric pelvic floor dysfunction patients
  • Explain the benefits of mindfulness in practice and in intervention
  • State the therapeutic process of support
  • Explain how to provide CAMs in treatment
  • List 3 CAMs uses with BBD patients
  • Demonstrate understanding of when to discharge patient

Who Should Attend

Clinicians who want to gain an understanding of Pediatric Bowel and Bladder Incontinence and be a resource for children/teens and their families.


Quiara Smith, MOT, OTR/L

Quiara Smith has been practicing as an Occupational Therapist for over 11 years in both California and in Hawaii working in various settings including hospitals, schools, an equine center providing hippotherapy as a treatment tool, and outpatient clinics. Her pediatric experience encompasses serving infants, toddlers, children, and adolescents with various medical conditions and diagnoses.

Realizing the social, emotional, and psychological challenges that pelvic floor dysfunction places on children and families, Quiara decided to niche down her private practice to exclusively treating children and adolescents with pelvic floor dysfunction and toileting challenges. Quiara utilizes a holistic and integrative approach to pediatric pelvic floor dysfunction. She partners with her canine assistant, Nelly, a Labrador/golden retriever cross, in guiding children toward continence with confidence.

Attendance Requirements

Participants are required to attend the live-streamed sessions in real time to receive a Certificate of Completion for the program. Participants may miss 1 session during the livestreamed course to be eligible for a certificate of completion and CEUs. A brief CEU quiz must also be completed and passed with at least 80% accuracy for each section to verify competency. The course instructor(s) must be informed of any absences ahead of time. Emergencies or unplanned absences will be handled at discretion of the course instructor(s) and Director of Education.

Video recordings may be made available for review in the case of an absence, however this is not guaranteed due to potential technical issues.


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Cancellation Policy

All registrations must be finalized or cancelled for a full refund by October 2, 2022. Registrations cancelled after October 2, 2022 will be deferred to a future STAR Institute course or courses of similar value. In the event this program must be cancelled due to illness, fire, strikes, war, acts of God, terrorism or other causes that would prevent the event from taking place, STAR Institute will attempt to reschedule the event. If the event is unable to be rescheduled, STAR Institute will refund all tuition fees paid.