Live, In-Person Course for Interdisciplinary Care of Cerebral Palsy from Birth to Adulthood Course

Z 4/23-4/24 Interdisciplinary Care of Cerebral Palsy: From Birth to Adulthood-POSTPONED


Early Bird Pricing Ends March 5. Regular Fee = $200

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 indviduals’ 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 classification 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.

Keynote Speaker:

Helen Bourke-Taylor, PhD is a Fellow of the Occupational Therapy Australia Research Academy, Associate Professor, Research Honours Coordinator, Occupational Therapy Program, School of Primary and Allied Health Care, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University – Peninsula Campus, Melbourne, Australia

Program Chairs:

Luciano Dias, MD is Medical Director of the Motion Analysis Lab, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine.

Deborah Gaebler-Spira, MD, FAAP is Director of the Cerebral Palsy Program at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and Professor of Pediatrics and PM&R at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine; Pediatric Amputee Chief.

LOCATION: Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, 355 E Erie St, Chicago, IL 60611

Click here for complete course brochure


Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Early Intervention Practitioners, Social Workers, Nurses, Orthotists, Orthotic Assistants, Orthotic Technicians, and Physicians: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Orthopedics, Neurologists, Developmental Pediatricians, Pediatricians, Family Medicine Specialists (not offering CME).


In order to receive contact hours, daily sign in and completion of an on-line evaluation are required. Participants will complete a 1-hour 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.


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

  • Identify what makes caring for the person with Cerebral Palsy (CP), in terms of clinical management, rehabilitation programs, and transition, unique across the lifespan.
  • Review changes in clinical care across the continuum of patient management for individuals with CP.
  • Discuss key outcome tools to classify people with CP in order to predict severity of neurologic and motor function and individualize their healthcare needs based on complex clinical reasoning.
  • Describe new and innovative approaches to therapy, including dosage/intensity, early power mobility, equipment, motion analysis, serial casting, robotics and orthoses.
  • Determine orthopedic care considerations for children with CP, including surgical and nonsurgical options.
  • Distinguish realistic goal-setting and how to best advocate for people with CP of all ages while facilitating the transition from pediatric to adult-based care in this aging population.

Workshop Options: You will register for 1 of 2 tracks of workshops. Note that these fill up on a first come, first served basis. Download course brochure to see the complete descriptions and schedule of these sessions:

Track 1:

  1. Motion Analysis Evaluation of Lower Extremity
  2. Lower Extremity Serial Casting
  3. Lower Extremity Orthoses: A Review to Optimize Positioning and Function

Track 2:

  1. Upper Extremity Evaluation and CIMT
  2. Upper Extremity Serial Casting
  3. Upper Extremity Orthoses

Track 3:

  1. Surgical Intervention and an Inpatient Stay
  2. Transition Journey: From Pediatrics to Adult Care
  3. How Children with CP Respond to Bullying



    Physical Therapy

    This course has been approved by the Illinois Physical Therapy Board for 14.5 Contact Hours (1 Self-Study, 13.5 live). 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 two-day course has been approved for 14.5 Contact Hours (1 Self-Study, 13.5 live).

    Occupational Therapy

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    The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is an approved provider for the American Occupational Therapy Association to offer continuing education in occupational therapy. This two-day intermediate level program awards occupational therapists 1.45 CEUs or 14.5 contact hours (1 hour for pre-work & 13.5 hours live). The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.  AOTA CLASSIFICATION CODE: CATEGORY 1: Domain of OT – Client Factors; CATEGORY 2: Occupational Therapy Process – Intervention and Outcomes.



    This program has been approved for up to 14.75 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.

    Social Work

    Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is recognized as an Illinois Social Work Continuing Education Sponsor. This program awards social workers 2 continuing education hours. The following sessions apply: Marvelous Mothers I have Met, Case Review: Care Across the Lifespan, and Facilitating the Transition from Childhood to Adulthood.

    Early Intervention

    The Illinois Early Intervention Training Program has approved this event for partial EI credential credit.
    If you take Track 1 or Track 2: 12.25 hours of EI credential credit in the area of 2.0 – Assessment, 9.5 – Intervention, .75 – Working with Families.
    If you take Track 3: 10 hours of EI credential credit in the area of 1.0 - Assessment, 7.75 – Intervention, 1.25 – Working with Families.
    The Illinois Early Intervention Training Program has approved this event for partial EI credential credit.


    Rooms have been reserved at the Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile, 633 North St. Clair, Chicago, Illinois, 60611.

    The Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile is located 1½ blocks from the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. Please contact their reservation agent from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm at (888) 591-1234 and ask for the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Pediatric Cerebral Palsy Course (Group Code G-PCPC) or make your reservation online using this link: The corporate rate is $179.00 for a Deluxe Guestroom (single or double occupancy) plus *17.4% tax. The daily rate for parking at the Hyatt Chicago is *$69.00/day with in and out privileges. The cut-off date for room reservations is March 25, 2020. Please note that the room block could reach its maximum before the cut-off date. Rooms and rates revert to a space-available basis after the room block has reached its maximum or after the cut-off date (whichever comes first.) *The rates for parking and taxes are subject to change without advanced notice.

    Directions and Parking Details for the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab can be found: here


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