INTRODUCTORY COURSE ON THE CLINICAL ANALYSIS, TREATMENT AND MANAGEMENT OF CHILDREN WITH CEREBRAL PALSY

This is a SANDTA-certified course, which was developed by the SANDTA Education Sub-committee with the aim to provide therapists with introductory guidelines on the management of children with CP. Course presenters are SANDTA tutors, tutors in training or experienced NDT-trained therapists.

Who should attend?
The course is specifically targeted at newly qualified physiotherapists-, occupational and speech-language therapists in community service, but is also open to other qualified physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech-language therapists who work with individuals with Cerebral Palsy.

Course Aim
This five day course focuses on a functional approach to the assessment, treatment and management of children with Cerebral Palsy in different settings and incorporates the framework of the International Classification of Functioning (ICF).

Course Objectives
1. To provide a framework for the holistic assessment of children with cerebral palsy
2. To provide a brief review of the classification of the main types of cerebral palsy
3. To introduce analysis and problem solving as the basis of intervention
4. To develop participants’ clinical reasoning and handling skills
5. To guide participants in developing a plan of care with appropriate posture and movement goals (24 hour postural management)
6. To highlight the use of objects/toys to facilitate levels of play by exploration
7. To demonstrate to participants how to relate a child’s functional activities and activity limitations to his/her participations restriction
8. To provide guidelines on parent training and home management during activities of daily living
9. To introduce the impact of visual impairment on function
10. To describe typical eating and drinking problems experienced by children with CP and introduce principles and skills to address eating and drinking problems
11. To review typical communication problems experience by children with CP and discuss principles of intervention

Course Format
This course is presented by a multidisciplinary SANDTA team and comprises lectures, clinical practical sessions during which participants work in pairs with Individual children, treatment demonstrations by tutors and group work by participants.

CPD Accreditation
Course participants qualify for 35 CEUs – 30 General and 5 Ethical CEUs.
 

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