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Pediatric Pain

Karen Pryor, PhD, PT, DPT, CH, CFPS
Approx. 6 Hours
May 05, 2023
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Successfully assessing and treating pain in your pediatric patients can be challenging.

Kids who don’t respond to your current therapeutic approach, make it impossible for you to meet therapy goals. Have you ever stopped to wonder if some of these challenges stem from a child’s inability to effectively communicate how they’re feeling.

We’ve got you covered. Come ready to learn ways to effectively not only treat pain, but methods to help a child live their best life.

Watch nationally acclaimed, award-winning pediatric expert Karen Pryor, PhD, PT, DPT and Mica Foster, DC to maximize every session with effective multisystem approaches:

  • Tap into the language of the nervous system to decrease pain and improve function
  • Unlock signs, symptoms, and complicating factors of pain
  • Discover how pain changes the brain
  • Pair neurological connections to promote neuroplasticity and for better outcomes
  • Empower patients and caregivers with education and easy-to-use home programs

But that’s not all – you’ll learn manual therapy techniques for better sensory integration, better alignment, and movement coordination. Plus, learn age-appropriate mindfulness techniques and tools that effectively tune the nervous system. Stop pain from progressing into trauma that can last a lifetime.

Uncovering the root cause interfering with function is your key to therapy success!

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Mike Studer receives a speaking honorarium from SMARTFit. His relevant financial relationship with an ineligible company has been mitigated.
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Karen Pryor, PhD, PT, DPT, CH, CFPS, has a doctorate in physical therapy and has practiced for 40 years in the field. Dr. Pryor is the owner of Health Sphere Wellness Center, an integrative therapy clinic in Nashville, Tennessee. Involved with early intervention in the birth-three population for over 30 years, she has developed neuroplasticity techniques that are used in a wide variety of settings, including homes, childcare centers, and school systems, to advanced pediatric therapy programs. Dr. Pryor serves on several boards, including the Leadership Interagency Council for Early Intervention (2014-2019), a position to which she was appointed by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam. In 2010, she received the President's Volunteer Service Award for her contributions to the advanced treatment of children from President Barack Obama. In addition to her work with children, Dr. Pryor has served as an adjunct professor at the Tennessee State University Occupational Therapy Assistant program. She is a clinical instructor for several universities and colleges. With her years of experience and passion for complete wellness, Dr. Pryor advances a more expansive view of how to integrate therapy throughout the lifespan by using neuroplasticity techniques.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Karen Pryor has employment relationships with the Tennessee State University, the Volunteer State Community College, the Daymar Physical Therapy Assistant School, and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She is the owner of Health Sphere Wellness Center, LLC and is a field examiner for PDMS-3. Dr. Pryor receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Karen Pryor is on the advisory board for the Maoris Foundation and is the president of the Caring Health Foundation.

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  1. Develop techniques in the evaluation process for pediatric cases with pain.
  2. Differentiate types of pain – acute, chronic, birth trauma, surgery, and complicated factors.
  3. Determine which body postures or gestures indicate pain in the child.
  4. Employ evidence-based biopsychosocial systematic therapeutic evaluation and support.
  5. Develop therapeutic and manual skills to effectively decrease pain in pediatric cases.
  6. Utilize a pain relief home program for parents and caregivers.


Comprehensive Evaluation of the Pediatric Patient
  • Case Studies –
    • Birth trauma
    • Head and neck disfunction
    • Cerebral palsy
    • Neurological deficits and more
Evidence-based Biopsychosocial Model of Pain
  • Systematically setting the tone for therapy
  • Addressing the multi-dimensional aspects of pediatric pain
Types of Pain
  • Acute vs chronic pain
  • Most common pain complaints in pediatric populationmusculoskeletal, headaches, and abdominal pain
Signs, Symptoms, and Complicating Factors
  • Body postures, gestures, and tone
  • Emotional responses and subjective pain scales/ratings
Neurological Pathways Illustrated
  • Physiological responses to injury and surgery
    • How does the brain of a child process pain
    • Factors that influence pain perceptions
How Pain Changes the Brain
  • Long-term upregulated stress response
  • Sensitization
  • Fear-avoidance behaviors
  • Emotional/behavioral effects
Exercises to Pair Neurological Connections for Better Outcomes
  • Modify pain perception, expectations, and rumination
  • Age-related or developmental-related
  • Engagement and empowerment
    • Age, language, culture, socioeconomic status, nutrition, and developmental maturity
Manual Therapy Techniques
  • Assess past experiences of therapy – good/bad results, additional trauma
Mindfulness Techniques – Breath, Movement, and Art
  • Educate patients in self-management calming the neuropathways, vagus nerve, parasympathetic and sympathetic balance
  • Breath to tone autonomic nervous system and stress response
  • Art – subjective expression and tuning into a child’s imagination
Educating and Empowering Caregivers
  • Every case is different
  • Promote support structure
  • Connecting caregivers with resource tools

Target Audience

  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Speech-Language Therapists
  • Chiropractors
  • Pediatric Nurses
  • Other Rehab and Healthcare Professionals


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