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This intermediate-level course provides updated, evidence-based information for physical therapists (PTs) and occupational therapists (OTs) who work with individuals who have cerebral palsy. This course will be particularly helpful to clinicians who have not recently reviewed the literature related to cerebral palsy, and to those who do not frequently provide physical therapy services for this population. Physical therapists who received their training before the profession’s move to doctoral-level training may also find this course helpful because of its focus on the clinical reasoning skills that are necessary when patients can directly access physical therapists without physician referral. Most physical therapists and occupational therapists in pediatric clinical settings will encounter individuals with cerebral palsy. Because pediatric and school-based clinical services typically end by the age of 21, physical therapists and occupational therapists who provide treatment in adult therapy settings also need to be competent in treating this rapidly growing segment of the adult population. Physical and occupational therapists who work with this heterogeneous population need to be aware of the many factors critical to clinical decision making.
This course will address prevalence, etiology, diagnosis, classification, examination, evaluation, prognosis, interventions, and outcomes for individuals with cerebral palsy across the lifespan. The course also describes the role of PTs and OTs in providing family-centered care. Because the body of literature related to this diagnosis is extensive, this course will provide an overview of the most salient issues that impact the clinical decisions and care provided by physical therapists and occupational therapists. Clinicians who desire a more in-depth understanding of cerebral palsy are encouraged to pursue applicable resources more extensively.
AOTA Content Focus - Domain of OT: Areas of Occupation, Performance Skills; OT Process: Evaluation, Intervention
- Identify the prevalence, primary etiologies, diagnostic criteria, and common problems associated with cerebral palsy (CP).
- Describe the different methods used to classify CP.
- Describe the models used in clinical decision making for individuals with CP.
- Describe a physical therapy examination, including the most appropriate tests and measures for individuals with CP.
- Identify secondary conditions that develop in adults with CP.
- Describe the prognosis for individuals with CP.
- Describe the evaluation process and components of the plan of care for individuals with CP.
- Identify interventions for individuals with CP that are best supported by current evidence.
- Describe the role of the physical and occupational therapist in the continuum of care and family-centered care.
Lisa Dannemiller, PT, DSc, PCS, has had more than 28 years of clinical experience working with persons with developmental disabilities, including those with cerebral palsy and other neuromuscular conditions. In her current clinical practice, she participates in a diagnostic evaluation team for young children with neurodevelopmental concerns and provides outpatient physical therapy for children. Dr. Dannemiller is an assistant professor in the University of Colorado Physical Therapy Program, where her primary teaching responsibilities include the pediatric content in the neuromuscular and musculoskeletal tracks. She received a bachelor of science degree in physical therapy from the Medical College of Virginia and a doctor of science degree in pediatric physical therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. She is a pediatric certified specialist with the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Dr. Dannemiller has presented nationally on topics related to cerebral palsy, autism, and physical therapy education. She is also the Region II director of the Section on Pediatrics of the American Physical Therapy Association.
- Courses must be completed within one (1) year of the date of purchase.
- You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
- Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
- All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
- There are no prerequisites for this course.