Interdisciplinary Care of Cerebral Palsy: From Birth to Adulthood


Individuals with Cerebral Palsy (CP) are able to live long, fulfilling, and active lifestyles. This course will explore the unique health and rehabilitation considerations, both clinical and surgical, that help these individuals maximize function and mobility from birth through adulthood. We will discuss the decision making that is an integral part of patient management as an interdisciplinary team. Furthermore, we will explore the transition to adulthood and what that means for these individuals’ access to healthcare and specific providers, independence, and community involvement. We will review an ideal model of care for patients with CP including the use of outcome measures, research tools and new technologies. Day 1 will focus on early detection and lifespan management of CP, as well as therapy dosage recommendations and equipment that promotes independence. Day 2 will address debated conservative vs. surgical orthopedic management, as we consider cases on tone and spasticity management, aging, and transition.

Successful completion:
In order to receive contact hours, daily sign in and completion of an on-line evaluation are required. Participants will complete 2.25 hours of online, self-study activity in advance of this two-day course which will help provide a foundation for the in-person case review on spasticity management.

The following IL EI Credits are approved for this training event:


All participants will complete the on-demand modules:
•“Management of Pediatric Spasticity: The Holistic Treatment of Children with Cerebral Palsy”- 1 ATY
•“Early Identification of Cerebral Palsy: How Early Involvement with Pediatric Rehabilitation Benefits the Family, Child, Team”-1 ATY
•“CP Made Easy”-0.25 INT

Thursday, August 27, 2020

8-8:15 am Lifespan management of CP: The Physiatrist Perspective-0.25 INT
8:15-9am Keynote Lecture-Marvelous Mothers I Have Met: Embracing the Power of Mothers of Children with a Disability-0.75 WWF
9-9:30 am -Tools for Early Detection of CP-0.5 AS
10-10:45 am -Therapy Dosage: Intensity & Frequency-0.75 INT
10:45-11:15 pm -Introduction of Equipment to Enhance Development-0.5 INT
11:15-11:45am-Transition Journey: From Pediatrics to Adult Care-PARTIAL CREDIT-0.25 INT

Workshops – Select Track 1 or Track 2

Track 1 -0.5 AS, 1 INT
1-2:30 pm
Motion Analysis Evaluation of Lower Extremity
Lower Extremity Serial Casting
Lower Extremity Orthoses: A Review to Optimize Positioning and Function

Track 2- 0.5 AS, 1 INT
1-2:30 pm
Upper Extremity Evaluation and CIMT
Upper Extremity Serial Casting
Upper Extremity Orthoses

Friday, August 28, 2020

8-8:30 am Orthopedic Care of Children with CP: Evolution of Management-0.5 INT
8:30-9am Conservative Rehabilitative Management of CP: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Tone Management-0.5 INT
9-9:30am Robotic Technology to aid therapy and integration to Community-0.5 INT
10:30-11am-Facilitating the Transition from Childhood to Adulthood-PARTIAL CREDIT-0.25 INT
12:30-1:15 pm -Review of Orthopedic Surgical Management-0.75 INT
1:15-2:15 pm Case Review on Spasticity Management-1 INT
2:45-3:00 pm Overview and Wrap Up-0.25 INT

Location Online

Date 8/27/2020 7:45 AM - 8/28/2020 3:00 PM
Sponsor Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
Trainer Deborah Gaebler-Spira, MD and other faculty from Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, Northwestern, and Lurie Children's
Contact Rachel Galant (312) 238-7557
Principles 1. Support families
2. Active participation
3. Collaborative relationships
4. Specific goals
5. Comprehensive plans
6. Periodic monitoring
7. Quality services
Credit Hours 0
Cost $200
Status Open