Live Webinar: Early Identification of Cerebral Palsy

Z 1/14/20 Early Identification of Cerebral Palsy: How Early Involvement with Pediatric Rehabilitation Benefits the Family, Child, Team

January 14, 2020
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm CST

The registration for this webinar will close at 12:00 pm (cst) on January 14, 2020.

Description:  Cerebral Palsy is the most common physical or motor developmental disability of childhood. The identification and diagnosis of cerebral palsy is important so that treatment is initiated early and to encourage families to become active participants in a life-long process of rehabilitation. In addition, there are increasing numbers of interventions that impact neuroplasticity. Providing interventions at a younger age have the potential to impact outcomes for the child, the parents and ultimately the adult with cerebral palsy.

This webinar will review the epidemiology of cerebral palsy and provide the international guidelines and practices for early identification of cerebral palsy. The current goals of identification will be discussed. The clinician will acquire the knowledge of best testing and how to enact an early evaluation and diagnosis of cerebral palsy through the combined use of the Hammersmith neurological examination with other testing.

Early intervention and the principles of early involvement with rehabilitation will be stressed within the context of the international classification of function.

Instructor:  Deborah Gaebler-Spira, MD, FAAP, Director, Cerebral Palsy Program, Professor of Pediatrics and PM&R, Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, Pediatric Amputee Chief

Audience:  Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants, Speech-Language Pathologists, Nurses

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

  • Describe current and best practices for early identification for cerebral palsy
  • Provide resources for educational opportunities
  • Describe early intervention strategies that enhance neuroplasticity

Continuing Education Credits

Occupational Therapy
The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is an approved provider for the American Occupational Therapy Association to offer continuing education in occupational therapy. This intermediate level program awards occupational therapists 0.1 CEUs or 1 contact hour. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Category 2: OT Evaluation & Intervention 

Physical Therapy

The Illinois Physical Therapy Board for 1 Contact Hour has approved this course. Approval #216-000069

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapist assistant continuing education. This course has been approved by the New York Physical Therapy Board for 1 Contact Hour

Speech-Language Pathology

This course is offered for 0.10 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).


The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (OH-362, 09/01/2020-116KAS) is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Ohio Nurses Association (OBN-001-91), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This CNE is being offered for 1.0 contact hours OH-362, 09/01/2020-116KAS


Financial: Receives a Salary from the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab; Serves as a consultant for TEVA
Non-Financial: Professional relationship with Pathways, CP Advisory Board, and AACPDM Publication Committee.  Personal relationship with Schweitzer, CP Advisory Board, and AACPDM Publication Committee.


Nurses Occupational Therapists Occupational Therapy Assistants Physical Therapist Assistants Physical Therapists Speech Language Pathologists


Cerebral Palsy Pediatrics