Online Course
Cerebral Palsy Aetiology and Pathology
Deepen your understanding of the causes and types of cerebral palsy

1-1.5 hours





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Krista Eskay
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Dr. Krista Eskay is a paediatric physical therapist and researcher

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Cerebral palsy is a group of neurological disorders occurring in infancy and early childhood that affects movement and muscle tone. While cerebral palsy is a permanent condition, it is non-progressive. It occurs due to damage in the developing brain. Injury to the brain can occur before, during or after birth. This course will review the aetiology and pathology of cerebral palsy, highlighting signs and symptoms, classifications and diagnostic tools used for assessment.


The aim of this course is to introduce the risk factors, diagnostic classifications and assessment tools for cerebral palsy.


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. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.

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 1-1.5 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 - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and 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 1.1 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 key risk factors and signs of cerebral palsy
  • describe the three types of cerebral palsy
  • identify at least two classification systems used for individuals with cerebral palsy

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.

Featured reviews
The cerebral palsy course is exciting! It gives an insight into the possible causes, prevalences and classification of the different types of cerebral palsy.
Judith Lillian Kemigisa
Speech Therapist
The course was amazing and awakened my knowledge about cerebral palsy, especially in function classification. It is a good refresher course for anyone working with children with cerebral palsy or in a diverse rehabilitation environment. Thank Physiopedia Plus for this opportunity!
Silagi Busiku