Course Description: The term Cerebral Palsy (CP) refers to a heterogeneous group of permanent and currently incurable neurodevelopmental disorders of movement and posture that limit a child’s activity, and most children also have one or more comorbidities that further limit their function and quality of life. CP is the most common physical disability in childhood with a world-wide prevalence of about 1 per 500, and a United states prevalence of 1 in 323 children. CP is due to a non-progressive disturbance of fetal, neonatal or infant brain development, but in most cases the precise cause of the brain injury remains unknown. CP is diagnosed clinically, based on history, physical and neurological examination, and new clinical tools that allow detection of motor abnormalities in neonates and young infants, combined with state of the art brain MRIs, now make it possible to diagnose CP at much younger ages than ever before. Communicating a difficult diagnosis to parents/ caregivers (of CP or of at risk for CP) requires time, patience and compassion. Early intervention starts in the NICU where therapists (PT, OT, SLP, music therapists) and nurses play a vital role in helping these little patients and their families garner strategy, strength and courage to move forward on a new path where they can find purpose and rediscover hope.
Target Audience: OT, SLP, PT, RN, MD and Neonatal professionals
Instructional Method: Recorded webinar, video and handouts. Learning assessment and course evaluation follow course.
Course Completion Requirements: The learner must view the entire webinar, complete the course evaluation and complete the post webinar learning assessment with at least 80% to receive education credit. Login and logout times will be recorded and documented.
Following completion of this course physical therapists, nurses and other disciplines will receive a certificate of completion and a zip file containing information necessary to submit to their individual state for education credit. Zip file will include course bibliography. Physical therapists are responsible for knowing and adhering to their state’s deadlines, rules and regulations.