Online Course: Managing Children with Cerebral Palsy
Explore best practice in managing cerebral palsy
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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
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.
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 20-24 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 PP+ 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 22 PP+ 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:
- Be a part of the Physiopedia Plus Community Culture
- Log as completed all the required reading and video viewing activities <liActively participate in the course forum discussions
- Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more
- Complete a course evaluation form
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
Australian Physiotherapy Council
APC Accredited Continuing Professional Development
South African Society of Physiotherapy
South African Society of Physiotherapy: PPB007/PT001/2021/053 (24 General CEUs Level 1)
Texas Physical Therapy Association
United States - Texas
The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #2312053TX and meets continuing competence requirements for PT and PTA licensure renewal in Texas. This activity will provide 24 CCUs.
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Physioplus meets the CPD standards of the Health and Social Professions Council of Ireland (CORU). All activities completed on Physioplus are accepted and can contribute towards your continued professional development.
United Kingdom UK (HCPC)
Physioplus meets the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) CPD standards and all activities completed on Physioplus are accepted by the HCPC and can contribute towards your continued professional development.
United States – States not requiring accreditation
Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Washington
The state board of physical therapy either does not require course pre-approval or does not require CEUs for re-licensure. As a result Physioplus courses should fulfil requirements for professional development - please check with your state board.
The course is highly resourceful and interesting. It has changed my intervention plan to a more evidence-based and organised way.
Physical Therapist, Ireland
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.
Natalia Alina Garza Jiménez
This course has helped me improve my knowledge and has given me many ideas for my clinical practice!
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.
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.
Physiotherapist, South Africa
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.
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!
RAKHI SINGH Ayyash
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.