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Cerebral Palsy Motor Control Advancements

Course #: 03-764

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CE Credit Hours: 3.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours

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CEU Course Description

Cerebral palsy (CP) is one of the major diseases that lead to severe disability and seriously impacts the quality of life of children. The first section of this CEU course aims to determine the effectiveness of functional strength training in improving gross motor function among children with spastic diplegia cerebral palsy, where we will explore an experimental trial consisting of a 10-week training period with fifteen adolescent children working on gross motor function and strength. Then, a comparative study on Cage Therapy using the Advanced Spider Suit compared to traditional physical therapy will also be discussed, as seen in a trial with 20 children age 4-8 years old using the Gross Motor Function Measure (GMFM) to mark results. We will also view the role of spider cage therapy as a whole for children with CP. In addition, this course will investigate the efficacy of infra-low frequency transcranial magnetic stimulation (ILF-TMS) in motor function in children with spastic CP from a study with 113 subjects comparing ILF-TMS to conventional physical therapy using the GMFM as well. Finally, we will delve into a randomized control trial looking at transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) in spastic CP in combination with physical therapy and the effects on motor function. The reading materials for this course include articles from the International Journal of Neurorehabilitation, the International Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the Journal of Neurology and Neurophysiology, and the Journal of Neuroinfectious Diseases.


CEU Course Objectives

  1. Explain why spastic diplegic children often have more impairments in the movement areas than the sensory areas of the brain.
  2. Investigate how ILF-TMS altered GABA and glutamate levels.
  3. Examine how the Cage Therapy Unit system allows the therapist to isolate and target any muscle group.
  4. Scrutinize what attributes to the significant progress in motor function in spastic CP children when high frequency rTMS is administered prior to PT.


CEU Course Syllabus

  Function Based Strength Training

  0.64 Contact Hours

  Cage Therapy and Motor Control   1.10 Contact Hours  
  Magnetic Stimulation and Motor Function     1.26 Contact Hours 

Total = 3 Contact Hours

Instructional level:  Intermediate

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Course Date: 2018-03-01

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