Online Course
General Assessment Considerations for Children with Pain
Effectively evaluate chronic pain in children and address imbalances in the four pillars of health

1.5-2 hours





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Tracy Prowse
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Tracy is a child and adolescent health physiotherapist, mindfulness teacher, pain practitioner, lecturer and trainer

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Chronic pain can significantly impact a child's life, affecting both mental and physical health. Maintaining a balance between the four pillars of health (stress, sleep, diet and exercise) is important for a child's well-being. When working with paediatric patients, it is necessary to understand and then evaluate the impact that these pillars can have on chronic pain. If these pillars are not balanced, a child may have increased sensitivity to pain. To fully assess and manage chronic pain in children, clinicians must also gain insight into a child's perception of pain. Using self-reported assessments and questionnaires can help initiate dialogue between the clinician and child about pain. This course will explore pain questionnaires useful for children who have chronic pain. It will then discuss potential strategies to address any imbalance in the four pillars of health that may be impacting a child's ability to manage pain.


This course aims to explore the four pillars of health and introduce assessment tools for paediatric chronic pain.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Video
  4. Reading activity
  5. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at rehabilitation professionals, students and assistants including but not limited to Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Rehabilitation Doctors, Rehabilitation Nurses, Prosthetists, Orthotists, Psychologists, Audiologists, Dietetics, Social Workers. Community Health Workers, Nurses or Medical Doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1.5-2 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.
Types of Activities - Reading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. Participating in an international discussion forum.
Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1.3 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • discuss at least five assessment tools that can be used for children who have chronic pain
  • identify four factors that can shape a child’s pain experience
  • discuss how the four pillars of health can influence pain in children