7/13-7/14: One Size Does Not Fit All: The Complex Patient with Cerebral Palsy


July 13th, 2023 from 8:30am-4:30pm CDT and July 14th, 2023 8:30am-4:00pm CDT 

Cerebral palsy continues to be the number one childhood disability. With varying presentations for each diagnosis, professionals often come across more complex cases that can be challenging to work through. We will take a deep dive into the rehabilitation of complex individuals with cerebral palsy and the approach surrounding different abilities and skills for rehabilitation purposes. The traditional definition of complex care involves an individual with a diagnosis, and additional medical complications that impact function, care, and comfort in a unique way.

This course will discuss issues surrounding these more complex cases and move beyond standard care to include those cases that don’t always have straightforward treatment options. Complex can encompass the individual who is unable to manage their spasticity impacting function and positioning or focus on individuals who are ambulatory but are unable to manage dystonia, significantly impacting function. The scientific literature for rehabilitation with this population is limited due to the individual nature of their presentation. There is often not a textbook answer to these types of cases when it comes to the best course of action for spasticity management, rehabilitation, equipment and/ or potential orthopedic surgery. The team approach will be emphasized as a critical key to working with these individuals and their families to navigate the system of care.



  • Gadi Revivo, DO Section Chief, Pediatric and Adolescent Rehabilitation Program, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Ana-Marie Rojas, MD Pediatric Rehabilitation Fellowship Director, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine


  • K. Jane Lee, MD Physician, Complex Care Program, Children’s Wisconsin, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Bioethics and Medical Humanities, at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Author

*See Course Brochure for Full Faculty Listing


Advanced Practice Provider (APN’s and PA’s), Nurses (outpatient, inpatient), Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Orthotic Assistants, Orthotic Technicians, Orthotists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Physical Therapists, Physicians (including Residents and Fellows), Physiatrists, Orthopedics, Neurologists, Pediatricians, and Family Medicine Specialists, Social Workers and Speech Language Pathologists.


In order to receive contact hours, you must attend and participate on both live dates, submit attendance codes in the Academy Learning Portal and complete an online evaluation of the program by July 28, 2023. 

LEARNER OUTCOMES: Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the complexities of impairments that impact structure, function and participation in this population.
  • Describe the importance of a team approach required to manage the medical complexities and rehabilitation for this population.
  • List 3 strategies to implement 24-hour positioning for patients and families.
  • Recognize the individuals that are appropriate for neurosurgical interventions to improve function and participation.
  • Identify alternative approaches to spasticity management and how it impacts functional participation.
  • Describe the psychological impact this diagnosis has on an individual with CP and how it affects the quality of life for the patient and family.

Continuing Education Credit:

Early Intervention:  
The Illinois Early Intervention Training Program has approved this event for 11.75 hours of EI credential credit. Please CLICK HERE for the specific breakdown of categories.  


The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This CNE is being offered for 12.5 contact hours of continuing nursing education. 


Occupational Therapy

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval ID# pending. This distance learning interactive course is offered at 12.5 Contact Hours, 1.25 CEU [intermediate level, Foundational knowledge/OT Service Delivery]. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.


This program has been approved for up to 12.5 credits through the American Board for Certification in O&P (ABC) for Orthotists, Orthotic Assistants, and Orthotic Technicians. Full participation in this program is required to be eligible for the full amount of credits.
Physical Therapy

This course has been approved by the Illinois Physical Therapy Board for 12.5 contact hours. Approval #216-000069

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapist assistant continuing education. This course has been approved for 12.5 contact hours.

The following states require continuing education units with no state-specific approval: CT, IA, and WA


The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago DBA Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is accredited by the Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago DBA Shirley Ryan AbilityLab designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Social Work
Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is recognized as an Illinois Social Work Continuing Education Sponsor. This program awards social workers 3.0 continuing education hours. The following sessions apply: From Physician to Mother: Changing Perspectives on Disability, Mental Health: The Things We Don’t See, Parent/Patient Panel.


Speech-Language Pathology

Technology Requirements:

To participate, you will need access to a computer with an Internet connection. High-speed broadband access (LAN, Cable or DSL) is highly recommended. 

  • Internet connection: broadband wired or wireless (3G or better)
  • Web browser:

Latest stable version of one of the following: Apple Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Microsoft Edge.

  • JavaScript and Cookies enabled
  • Speaker or headset to listen to audio files and participate in Zoom calls
  • Do NOT use Internet Explorer, as it is not supported.


    Nurses Occupational Therapists Occupational Therapy Assistants Orthotic Assistants Orthotists OTA and PTA Physical Therapist Assistants Physical Therapists Physician Assistants Physicians Social Workers Speech Language Pathologists