Managing Children with Cerebral Palsy

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

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.


There were relevant, recent resources to back up the course information. Consider the course both a fantastic refresher and update. I particularly enjoyed the more visual aspects of the course as I find it far easier to learn visually.
I thought the layout of the course was fantastic, the information was grouped into areas that made sense and flowed easily into the next section's topics. I really enjoyed that there were a lot of different kinds of resources available, from videos to discussion forums and articles. It really helped with my learning.
The course gave me a new insight and I am very eager to apply all of these in my practise and challenge myself to give all my clients, the best quality of life. This course was a door to all my questions and doubts. I have learnt so much and look forward to learning even more.
I have got all the information about a holistic view on CP management in one course. This is not very common. The idea of a multi discipline and a multi level learning was very helpful. The wonderful videos were very educational.
I enjoyed everything on the course but my best elements were the ones not taught to us in school such as communication, feeding, transition to adulthood, employment, orthoses, specific intervention.
I particularly appreciated the detail surrounding all the aspects of cerebral palsy that need assessing and treating. It was very detailed and explained in the best way possible, making it easy for anyone to understand and explain to others. It covered all the bases and even helped with great ideas for future treatment.