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Taking a History for a Pediatric Patient

presented by Venita Lovelace-Chandler, PT, PHD, PCS

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How can a therapist systematically gather information and data, from both the past and the present, related to why the family is seeking services? This course suggests the sources used to gather information for the history, provides some typical information to gather at different ages, and demonstrates taking a history from the family of a young child.

Meet Your Instructor

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…

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1. The Components of History Taking

History taking is important for determining why the family is seeking services. This chapter will discuss gathering information from the past and present and effectively using available sources.

2. Trusting Family Information

Evidence shows that families provide reliable information regarding their child. This chapter describes supporting the family’s ability to contribute information and best practices for gathering that information.

3. Interviewing the Family

This chapter provides an example of taking a history from a family with a young child.

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