Monitoring Health, Self-Care, and Participation of children with Cerebral Palsy
Section: Academy of Pediatric PT
Session Code: PD-2B-2629
Date: Friday, February 23, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Hilton Riverside
Room: Churchill D

Speaker(s):   Doreen Bartlett, PT, PhD
  Lisa Chiarello, PT, PhD, PCS, FAPTA
  Robert Palisano, PT, ScD, FAPTA

Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Intermediate

Description:
Children with cerebral palsy present with functional limitations and associated health conditions and restrictions in self-care and participation in family and recreational activities. Monitoring these outcomes over time allows physical therapists to collaboratively develop an optimal plan of care with families, targeted to their children's unique strengths and needs. This presentation will describe the development of longitudinal growth and centile curves for health conditions, self-care, and participation in family and recreational activities across Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS) levels within the On Track study. Longitudinal growth curves provide easily understood and useful tools for families and service providers to discuss questions about how well their children are doing in relationship to other children with cerebral palsy of similar functional ability levels, as well as prognostic information about development. Use of centiles allows PTs to help families determine if their children are developing as expected, better than expected, or not as well as expected over time, depending on their functional ability levels. The therapist can then collaborate with families to identify a child's strengths and areas for improvement, establish goals the child is capable of achieving, and plan for current and future needs. The speakers will use cases of children at different GMFCS levels to demonstrate the use of the developmental curves and centiles in practice.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

1. Identify measures to monitor health conditions, self-care, and participation in family and recreational activities for children with cerebral palsy.

2. Discuss the utility of longitudinal growth and centile curves for monitoring outcomes for children with cerebral palsy.

3. Apply longitudinal growth and centile curves for health conditions, self-care, and participation in family and recreational activities to cases of children with cerebral palsy.

4. Discuss application of longitudinal growth and centile curves for health conditions, self-care, and participation in family and recreational activities to inform intervention selection and priorities.


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