Cerebral palsy is a diagnosis that covers a wide range of movement disorders. Physical, Occupational and Speech/Language Pathologists working with children who have Cerebral Palsy need up to date information to assess and treat the specific impairments that each child presents with. This course will provide therapists with current definitions and descriptions of the various classifications of Cerebral Palsy including specific impairments to aid them in differential diagnosis, which is a critical first step in developing a plan of care.
Linda A. Kliebhan is a physical therapist with over 40 years of experience treating children and young adults with Cerebral Palsy and other Neuromuscular Disorders. Linda is a Coordinator-Instructor in Neuro-Developmental Treatment, teaching the NDT/Bobath Certificate Course in the Management and Treatment of Children with Cerebral Palsy and other Neuromuscular Disorders, Advanced NDT Courses, and workshops related to pediatric practice in the US and internationally. She is in private practice in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area providing consultations and short-term intensive therapy. She also serves as Cerebral Palsy Consultant to the Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Orthopaedics, and is President of Partners For Progress, Inc., a nonprofit organization providing short-term intensive therapy.
This chapter will provide an overview of Cerebral Palsy, its current definition and information on the specific classifications currently used to describe the various forms of Cerebral Palsy. The three current classification tools, the Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS), the Manual Ability Classification System (MACS), and the Communication Function Classification System (CFCS), will also be described.
This chapter will discuss the current definition and characteristics of hypertonicity including related impairments and the distribution profiles typically seen in children with cerebral palsy. Slides and video examples will be used to illustrate the information.
This chapter will focus on the current definition and characteristics of Dystonia, Choreoathetosis, and Ataxia in Cerebral Palsy, including related impairments, clinical differentiation between these movement disorders, and the distribution typically seen in children with Cerebral Palsy. Patient videos will be used to illustrate the information.