Fifth Annual Pediatric CP Course: Technological Advancements in the Management of Cerebral Palsy

05/16/2024 – 05/17/2024

Early Bird Rate of $400 through March 21, 2024.
Regular Fee is $450. 

This is a FLEX COURSE that you can choose to attend virtually or in-person. If attending in-person, the program will be held at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, 355 East Erie Street, Chicago IL, 60611. 

DESCRIPTION: Technology for individuals with Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a powerful ally, transforming challenges into opportunities and fostering newfound independence. This course will focus on the use of technology and the innovative ways in which it can enhance rehabilitation for individuals with CP. There is a large movement in childhood disability resulting in groundbreaking research, applications and devices to improve detection, access and independence for the individual with CP. This two-day course will discuss the use of technology in research and clinical practice to help with early detection, improvement in mobility, upper extremity function and access to community and functional participation in daily life. Leaders in the field will discuss the benefits and challenges when using technology and how input from patients and families can increase the success of its use. We will seek to empower rehabilitation professionals to utilize technology within their current practice and encourage the understanding of when technology might not be the appropriate fit for the outcomes and goals of their patients.


DATES: May 16-17, 2024.


  • Course Chairs: Gadi Revivo, DO and Ana-Marie Rojas, MD
  • For full faculty listing, please see brochure.

AUDIENCE: 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. See accreditation details in the Continuing Education section.

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

  • Explain how current research using technology can assist in early detection and intervention for babies with cerebral palsy.
  • Determine when to use electrical stimulation to improve functional movement in the lower and upper extremity in your patient population.
  • Summarize the benefits of independence with mobility and the rationale for early power mobility prescription.
  • Summarize the benefits of robotic technology for ambulation or upper extremity use vs. when low tech options are more optimal for individuals with cerebral palsy.
  • Prioritize two ways to integrate communication devices within your plan of care to maximize the patient’s potential in therapy.
  • Explain the safety concerns with increased access to technology and the role of the healthcare practitioner to minimize these concerns.

    SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION: To successfully complete this course, 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 May 31, 2024.


    Early Intervention:

    The Illinois Early Intervention Training Program has approved this event for 12.0 hours of EI credential credit. Please click here for 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 contact hours of continuing nursing education.


    Occupational Therapy:

    Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is an AOTA Approved
    Provider of professional development. Course
    approval ID# 8750. This distance learning-interactive/ live-interactive course is offered at 12 contact hours, 1.2 CEUs [intermediate level, foundational knowledge/OT service delivery]. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.


    This program has been approved for up to 12.0 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 contact hours. Approval #216-000069

    The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is recognized by the California and 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 contact hours on 2/9/2024. 

    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 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    Speech-Language Pathologists:


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