Online Course
Managing Children with Cerebral Palsy
Explore best practice in managing cerebral palsy

48-50 hours





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UPDATE: A new Cerebral Palsy Programme is now available. The courses in the new programme will replace this course. Please finish this course before 1 November 2023. Follow this link to start the courses in the Cerebral Palsy Programme.


Cerebral Palsy is one of the commonest disorders of child development with an incidence of 2-2.5 per 1000 live births. The condition potentially has a major impact on quality of life and participation in society for the child with Cerebral Palsy. Quality of life for the child’s family is also affected with implications for parents being able to work, housing and care of a disabled young person through childhood into adult life. The condition also has a major impact on health, social and education services with increasing survival of more severely affected children.


This course aims to align global understanding of Cerebral Palsy. It will provide a framework to develop introductory level principles of the management of children with Cerebral Palsy relevant in all contexts. The global network formed through this course will allow for shared knowledge and experiences to support good health care and better quality of life for children with Cerebral Palsy around the world.


  • Section one – Understanding Cerebral Palsy
  • Section two – Child development and evaluation
  • Section three – Positioning and handling
  • Section four – Communication, feeding and into adulthood
  • Section five – Everyday activities and vocational training
  • Section six – Specific therapeutic interventions

Target audience

This course is suitable for all Health Care Professionals especially Physiotherapy or Physical Therapy Professionals including clinicians, assistant or students who have a good understanding of the key principles of Physiotherapy but little prior experience in Cerebral Palsy. It will also be of interest to any professionals (e.g. Prosthetists, Orthotists, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists, Medical Doctors) motivated to upgrade their knowledge on Cerebral Palsy.


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

This course is divided into 6 sections and it is suggested (but not required) that each section be completed over the duration of approximately a week. Please note that no deadlines are applied and this course can be started and completed according to your own schedule. We expect the required elements of each section to take around 48-50 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.

It’s not going to be easy, we’ll expect you to work hard for your completion certificate and Plus points! You won’t be sitting back and watching webinars, we’ll expect you to reading tasks, complete quizzes, perform literature searches and other learning activities. You’ll need to reflect on your own experiences and contribute them within the discussion forum, this is where we can learn from each other’s experiences and knowledge from all around the world! 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 47.8 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 you will need to:

  1. Be a part of the Plus Community Culture
  2. Log as completed all the required reading and video viewing activities
  3. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more
  4. Complete a course evaluation form

Learning outcomes

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

  • describe three ways in which damage to the brain influences movement and posture in individuals related to the different classifications and subclassifications of Cerebral Palsy
  • describe their local national prevalence and the global prevalence of Cerebral Palsy
  • describe how the role of a physical therapist fits within the multiple roles included in an ideal interdisciplinary team working with a child with Cerebral Palsy
  • interpret three movement tests to differentiate between normal child development and the development of a child with Cerebral Palsy
  • describe three appropriate assessment measures used to evaluate a child with cerebral palsy
  • explain to a parent or carer four principles of good positioning for a child with Cerebral Palsy
  • explain to a parent or carer two principles of good handling of a child with Cerebral Palsy
  • explain to a parent or carer 3 appropriate approaches for communication with a child with Cerebral Palsy
  • explain to a parent or carer 6 principles for good practice in the feeding of a child with Cerebral Palsy
  • design appropriate positioning and stimulation strategies for use during everyday activities and play, for a particular child with cerebral palsy based on an evaluation of that child’s condition
  • identify six different therapeutic approaches to managing a child with Cerebral Palsy supported by evidence
  • develop three activities that promote communication, movements, social and emotional skills, and learning in a child with cerebral palsy based on an evaluation of that child’s particular condition
  • list four commonly used types of orthotics used in children with cerebral palsy
  • explain four principles underlying orthotic use in children with cerebral palsy
  • develop a treatment plan involving three evidence based specific therapeutic interventions based on an evaluation of a child with Cerebral Palsy
  • describe six challenges faced by an individual with Cerebral Palsy through their lifespan


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Featured reviews
Great content! It is highly informative, even for those in underserved settings!
Sejal Desai
South Africa
This course was utterly inspiring. It provided excellent knowledge that will change my clinical practice and make me want to seek and learn more.
Salah Basuny
I am amazed by how detailed this course is. It helped me a lot throughout the whole learning process. I learned so many new things about cerebral palsy.
Syeda Arfa Fatima
Physical Therapist
This course was so detailed! I spent hours reading without noticing the time passing by. I enjoyed gaining more knowledge. It helps me more in my study as a college student. Thank you!
This course was very insightful and provided many great resources which can be useful in practice. This course can be beneficial to clinicians with limited knowledge who want to learn and those with an extensive knowledge who want to build on that.
Kayla Lemmer
South Africa
Managing Children with Cerebral Palsy course is an opportunity to expand your knowledge about treating children with cerebral palsy with the best outcomes!
Physical Therapist
This course is really amazing as it is provided with evidence-based practice, encourages to practice playful environment, and shows the role of biofeedback during the management of the child with CP.
Sanchita Nepal
The Managing Children with Cerebral Palsy course is one of the best online courses I've ever done!
James Isherwood
South Africa
The course is highly resourceful and interesting. It has changed my intervention plan to a more evidence-based and organised way.
I believe my participation in this course was a very good, knowledgeable and a very pleasurable experience. As I am a parent of a 16-year-old child with Quadriplegia CP, who is completely physically incapacitated, but 100% cognitively sound and attends mainstream school with the use of a powered wheelchair, and an AAC device to communicate, I have found this course to be very informative, very educational and insightful. The resource additional reading is of very good quality and very relevant to CP populations. The course is one I would highly recommend and thoroughly enjoyed participating in and I have most definitely gained much improved, knowledge, skill, and attitude when managing kids with CP.
John Butler
Physical Therapist
This course has helped me improve my knowledge and has given me many ideas for my clinical practice!
Natalia Garza
This course provides the foundation of good current physiotherapy practice for Cerebral Palsy and is relevant to physiotherapists (and other practitioners) in all country and resource settings.
Laura Blake
I think it's a very advanced level course. It would be very helpful for any therapist's professional life.
I've been working with children with CP for many years. I learned a lot of things I didn't know or had forgotten. I know that this course contributes to bringing greater help to children with CP and their caregivers.
Eva Jakob
I loved this course! It is so informative on so many different aspects of treatment in a child with CP. I feel like I would be able to treat a child with CP more holistically.
Maxine Clark
South Africa
I have found this course extremely beneficial as a means to revise the knowledge I received during my training which was a while ago!! This course has brought me up to date with a more holistic view on managing children and adults with CP in line with ICF guidelines. I have enjoyed instilling a new enthusiasm to change peoples lives!
Physiotherapy Assistant
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An excellent, in-depth and thorough course on managing children with cerebral palsy. The course goes through all the aspects of the child from positioning and handling, communication skills and everyday activities. I feel it is a course for those who are starting out in this area, as well as those who have been working in this field for many years.
Physiotherapy Assistant
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