Managing Children with Cerebral Palsy


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Course Type - Open, Online
Course Reference - PP08
Course Co-ordinators - Barbara Rau, Rachael Lowe
Institution - ICRC and Physiopedia
About this course - This online course will develop knowledge of Cerebral Palsy.
Who can take part- This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy professionals, clinicians, students and assistants; other interested health care professionals interested in this subject are more than welcome to participate. 
Date of next course -  5 September 2016
Time commitment - approximately 24 hours over 6 weeks
Requirements - You will complete online learning activities, engage with additional resources, take part in the conversation online and complete the course evaluation.
Assessment - There will be a final quiz and you will be asked to write a case study on cerebral palsy.
Awards - Completion certificate.


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This course is brought to you by the International Committee of the Red Cross In association with Handicap International and Enablement
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Course Information

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Introduction

The World Disability report mentions that of 93 million children between 1-14 years present with a moderate to severe disability and 13 million with a severe disability. In low and middle-income countries, the literature reports a prevalence ranging from 0.4% to 12.7%. It also highlights that children in low and middle-income countries are exposed to multiple risks including poverty, malnutrition, poor health, and unstimulating environment, which can further impair their condition (WHO, 2011).

The ICRC Physical Rehabilitation Department is working in 30 countries in situations of conflict/post conflict and witnesses that the situation of children with Cerebral Palsy merits increased attention and care. Indeed, not only the prevalence is very high but those children and their families often don’t received basic minimal care, which ensures them an acceptable quality of life. For the families this adds an additional burden to an already challenging life (ICRC, Annual Report 2015).

Many professionals around the world neither benefit from any specialized training in paediatrics nor have access to the current literature. The ICRC Physical Rehabilitation Department have identified education in Cerebral Palsy as a priority. Through this course, the ICRC and Physiopedia aim to provide physiotherapists and other health related professionals free access to quality information on managing children with Cerebral Palsy, the ultimate goal being to increase theoretical knowledge as a basis for sound rehabilitation practice. 

This course does not intend to discuss or debate on advanced theories, techniques or build on additional advances in research as there are many specialists around the world who already do a great job. The ultimate goal of this course is first of all to provide physiotherapists and other health professionals involved in the management of children with Cerebral Palsy around the world basic knowledge and references, which will further increase their knowledge and most probably their competencies. They will then be in the position to find, read, critically appraise and choose the references and techniques appropriate to their needs and context.

We also hope that the information shared will prevent physiotherapy interventions too far away from evidence based practice or even malpractice. Indeed, children with Cerebral Palsy should not cry during treatment, be systematically placed under electrophysical agents or benefit merely from passive or active range of movement. Mothers should not walk for hours to get the information and hope that their children will be “cured”.

Last but not least, we hope again to bridge the gap between professionals from low and high income countries and therefore enlarge the community of practice in the field of Cerebral Palsy for the benefit of all, children, families and professionals. For clinicians working in under resourced regions the magnitude of this problem is self evident, a paradigm shift in response to the need is essential to begin to give children with Cerebral Palsy a meaningful life.

“Children are a quality of life ... when our children are happy, then we are better as human beings." Whoopi Goldberg

Aim

This course aims to align global understanding of Cerebral Palsy. It will provide a framework to develop introductory level principles of the management of children with Cerebral Palsy relevant in all contexts. The global network formed through this course will allow for shared knowledge and experiences to support good health care and better quality of life for children with Cerebral Palsy around the world. 

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  1. Describe how the brain influences movement and posture in individuals with Cerebral Palsy
  2. Differentiate between normal child development and the development of a child with Cerebral palsy
  3. Recognise and appropriately evaluate a child with Cerebral Palsy
  4. Describe the global prevalence of Cerebral Palsy
  5. Describe the roles of the interdisciplinary team working with a child with Cerebral Palsy
  6. Explain different therapeutic approaches to managing a child with Cerebral Palsy
  7. Demonstrate optimal positionaing for a child with Cerebral Palsy
  8. Demonstrate good handling of a child with Cerebral Palsy
  9. Describe methods for appropriate communication with a child with Cerebral Palsy and explain the clinical reasoning for these
  10. Describe methods for appropriate feeding of a child with Cerebral Palsy and explain the clinical reasoning for these
  11. Explain the importance of appropriate positioning and stimulation during everyday activities and play
  12. Demonstrate activities that promote communication, movements, social and emotional skills, and learning
  13. Explain principles underlying orthotic use and describe the most commonly used orthotics
  14. Describe specific therapeutic interventions for a child with Cerebral palsy
  15. Recognise the challenges faced by an individual with Cerebral Palsy through the lifespan

Intended Audience

This course is suitable for all Health Care Professionals especially Physiotherapy or Physical Therapy Professionals including clinicians, assistant or students who have a good understanding of the key principles of Physiotherapy but little prior experience in Cerebral Palsy. It will also be of interest to any professionals (e.g. Prosthetists, Orthotists, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists, Medical Doctors) motivated to upgrade their knowledge on Cerebral Palsy.

Course structure

Participants will be required to complete the following tasks each week:

  1. Complete between 2 and 5 reading activities.
  2. Complete a short quiz.
  3. Contribute to the online discussions.

Additionally you will have the option to:

  • Look at additional resources such as videos, case studies, journal articles.

In order to accommodate all internet bandwidth scenarios there are no presentations or webinars that you are required to view.  There are some YouTube videos that it will be helpful if you can watch.

Cost

This course is FREE!

Time Commitment

This course is 6 weeks long. Participants will be required to devote a minimum of 4 hours per week to the course. These 4 hours can be completed at a time that suits you with in the six weeks of the course, there is no requirement to be online at a specific time.

Language

The course will be run in English, although participants will only require basic English skills (reading skills are more important than conversational skills). Participants will be encouraged to be respectful and empathetic to those for whom English is not their first language (e.g. in the discussion forum).

Accreditation, Assessment and Certification

On the successful completion of this course each participant will be provided with a Physiopedia Certificate of Completion and PP+ Points (our own Physiopedia Plus points which are equivalent to CPD Points/CEUs). These will be awarded provided you have:

  1. Contributed to the online discussion each week
  2. Completed the pre and post course competency tool
  3. Passed the final course quiz
  4. Submitted a case study on Cerebral Palsy during week 6
  5. Completed a course evaluation form

People Involved In This Course

Course Co-ordinators

The course coordinators for this course are Barbara Rau from ICRC and Rachael Lowe from Physiopedia. 

Course Facilitators

Our course facilitators are all clinicians with a great deal of experience supporting good health care and better quality of life for individuals with Cerebral Palsy. They have been instrumental in creating the course content and will be guiding you through the course and answering your questions in the discussion forum each week.

  • Zeon De Wet, P&O, ICRC
  • Verbena Bottini, PT, ICRC, Afghanistan
  • Yvonne Frizzell, PT, Pakistan
  • Greg Halford, P&O, ICRC, Gaza
  • Lucia Bernhard, PT, ICRC, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Lorena Enebral Perez , PT, ICRC, Afgahnistan
  • Ghassan Husni Ali, P&O, ICRC, Iraq
  • Naomi O'Reilly, PT, Physiopedia, Ireland
  • Estibaliz Garcia, OT, Handicap International, Belgium
  • Lurinda Prinsloo, OT, Cerebral Palsy Association, South Africa
  • Roelie Wolting, PT, Enablement, Netherlands
  • Simon Lalor, P&O, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia
  • Maarten Abeel, PT, ICRC

Course Contacts

Throughout this course you should email us if you have any problems at all. We would prefer that you let us know about problems or difficulties that you have encountered so that we can provide assistance.

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