Early Identification of Cerebral Palsy: How Early Involvement with Pediatric Rehabilitation Benefits the Family, Child, Team

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.

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

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 Therapist Assistants, Speech-Language Pathologists, Nurses

Note: You will have 3 months from the date of purchase to complete and review the course material. You will receive a reminder email 2 weeks before the expiration date.

    Continuing Education Credits


    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 1.0 contact hours of continuing nursing education. 

    In order to receive contact hours, nurses must watch the entire webinar, complete the evaluation, and also complete a post-test with a minimum passing score.  

    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 has approved this course for 1 Contact Hour. 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).



    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.

    Basic Computer Requirements: You will need access to a computer with an Internet connection. High speed broadband access (LAN, Cable or DSL) is highly recommended.

    • PC: Compatible Operating System: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 Web Browser: Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer 10 or higher
    • MAC: Compatible Operating System: OS X Web Browser: Firefox, Chrome, Safari

    Cancellation Policy: To request a cancellation of an on-demand program, please provide written notice by letter, email, or fax or contact us by phone within 24 hours of placing your order and we will refund you the full course fee. If you cannot give notice within 24 hours, a credit towards a future course of equal value would apply.


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