In the process of being formalized for the 2016-17 course.
With the University Master's Degree in Paediatric Physiotherapy you will become specialised in diagnosing and treating conditions that impair children's motor development and limit their functional independence. Knowledge of psycho-motor development, the learning process, movement control and adaptations for growth is fundamental when it comes to preventative treatment and early care. This way we help children reach their full potential in terms of development, independence and social integration.
Our specialised training will show you how to identify disorders, deficits and/or deficiencies in children; determine therapeutic objectives; and skilfully select, plan and implement strategies for optimal results.
All measures will be based on scientific knowledge and evidence in order to ensure therapeutic excellence. This master's degree will help revamp your physiotherapy skills, heightening your ability to respond to the health demands of both children and adults.
Acquire the necessary knowledge to provide children singular, precise care. The involvement of paediatric physiotherapists on an individual, case-by-case basis benefits both children and their families. If we take into account all the subsystems that can influence a child's growth, their level of independence will be a decisive factor in their daily learning. Therefore any action that endeavours to improve a child's functional movement, posture and mobility will also have a significant effect on their development and adult life.
The University Master's Degree in Paediatric Physiotherapy has two areas of specialisation into which students will be divided based on their access route: one focused on professional practice and another on research.
Within the specialisation focused on professional practice, we have developed two academic programmes aimed at gearing the course to your background in research methodology.
The programme you take will depend on your prior knowledge of research methodology and whether or not you are interested in pursuing doctoral studies after the University Master's Degree in Paediatric Physiotherapy.
If you have no prior knowledge of research methodology, you will take the programme focused on professional practice. As an optional subject you will be required to take the 6-credit Research Methodology class, which will prove helpful in completing your Final Master's Degree Project.
If you have and can establish prior knowledge of research methodology in your academic record, you will take the programme focused on professional practice and the optional subjects on paediatrics.
If you view the University Master's Degree in Paediatric Physiotherapy as a preliminary step towards doctoral studies, you must take into account the degree you currently hold:
- Students with an undergraduate degree in Physiotherapy: you will be required to take the research programme.
- Students with a diploma in Physiotherapy: you must accredit 300 ECTS.
Through this master's degree we contribute to the advancement of physiotherapy as a science by promoting research studies.
- Learn about and analyse the historical characteristics of paediatric physiotherapy, as well as its current situation, prospects and interrelation with the social reality of each era.
- Gain insight into the current theoretical principles of development, learning and movement control and understanding of the physiological and structural changes that occur as a child grows.
- Acquire specific knowledge of the pathologies that inhibit children's motor independence.
- Discover the main international assessment tools and strategies used in paediatric physiotherapy and learn how to apply them according to the child's characteristics.
- Understand the physiological and structural changes that physiotherapy can produce.
- Learn about, identify and implement a number of different therapeutic strategies. Enhance your dexterity when it comes to performing therapeutic procedures and producing temporary adaptive equipment. Apply both group-based and individual physiotherapy methods.
- Analyse the results of the therapeutic approach against the set targets and with the established criteria and learn how to reformulate targets and adjust the plan of action where necessary.
- Assess the child's disability within the family setting and social environment, develop a command of the social skills and abilities required to promote the child's physical independence and their family's involvement and learn how to facilitate cooperation and coordination with other social and/or healthcare teams.
- Learn to work as a member of an inter- or multi-professional team: cooperate with the rest of the multidisciplinary team involved in the child's development, gain insight into other professional competences that may help enhance the results of the physiotherapy and develop the necessary skills to work in a coordinated manner with all personnel involved in integrating the child as a person.
- Acquire and manage knowledge and resources relating to paediatric physiotherapy in today's society in a reflective, critical manner.
- Draw up paediatric physiotherapy guides and protocols.
- Update the foundations of evidence-based scientific knowledge.
- Manage scientific information in your quest to use it in your daily clinical practice and to help improve scientific knowledge.
University Master's Degree in Paediatric Physiotherapy by UIC Barcelona.