Approved for Continuing Education

Approved by NCBTMB for 2 CEUs for massage therapists.

*Please note: In order to be eligible for CE credit, you must register with your full name (as it appears on your professional license) and your license state and number.

Course Description

Learn about some of the most common pediatric neurological and autoimmune pathologies treated in a hospital setting.

About the series...

As every parent knows, children are not adults in tiny bodies. Their development, needs, and care are different. This is especially true in medical care. Diseases (like cancer) may have similar names for adults and children, but the presentation, treatment, and prognosis can be very different. In a series of six webinars, Healwell teams up with experts in pediatric care to bring you in depth information on pediatric pathologies. If you want to be part of the team working with children in a clinical setting, this knowledge is essential. If you are curious, but unsure, these webinars will give you an informed introduction.

You can take one, two, or all six online courses.

Note: Completion of all six courses is required for acceptance into our live Pediatric Massage in the Clinical Setting course.

Course curriculum

  • 1


    • Course Description

    • About the Instructors

    • A brief word . . .

  • 2

    Section One

    • Part One - Muscular dystrophy, CP, Neurodiversity and Developmental Conditions

    • Cerebral Palsy Experience Journal - Stella | Boston Children's Hospital

    • Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy: Ryan's Story

  • 3

    Section Two

    • Part Two - Brain injuries, seizure disorders, hydrocephalus and encephalitis

    • What happens when you have a concussion? - Clifford Robbins (TED-Ed)

  • 4

    Section Three

    • A quick summary of the Immune System

    • How does your immune system work? - Emma Bryce

    • Part Three - POTS, CRPS, JDM, HIV and GI diseases

    • Want to continue the conversation?

  • 5

    Writing Assignment

    • Invisibilia: For Some Teens With Debilitating Pain, The Treatment Is More Pain

    • Writing Assignment

  • 6


    • NICHD: Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in Kids: Causes and Prevention Strategies

    • Muscular Dystrophy Association: What is... Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

    • CPARF: CP Diagnosis and Treatment

    • - Immune and Lymphatic Systems

  • 7

    Final Quiz

    • Pediatric Neurological & Autoimmune Conditions Quiz


Instructor & Operations Director

Kerry Jordan

Kerry is a teacher for Healwell and is an essential part of the curriculum development team. She brings 20 years of experience as an instructor and has an extensive background in teaching pathology and physiology and adapting massage therapy for special populations. Before training as a massage therapist, Kerry owned and operated a successful yoga studio in Boston. She has been teaching yoga since 1999. Kerry effortlessly weaves the principles of yoga and meditation into her teaching and service work with yogis, massage therapists and health care providers.

Instructor & Education Director

Rebecca Sturgeon

In addition to being a valuable member of Healwell’s faculty and curriculum development team, Rebecca is also Healwell’s Education Director. She works tirelessly to organize existing courses and to create new opportunities for Healwell to offer meaningful and robust inter-professional education for massage therapists and other health care providers. Rebecca co-authored "Oncology Massage: An integrative approach to cancer care" (Handspring, 2021.) As a former teacher of writing at the college level, Rebecca is passionate about the written word and about all forms of human communication. In her massage practice, she focuses on integrating therapeutic massage as part of overall health and wellness care. She is also an experienced mentor to new massage therapists, and facilitator of learning groups.

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