Treatment of Children with CP: An Innovative, Research-based Approach to Therapy


It’s all about “doing the right thing, at the right time, and in the right order”.

So, where do you start, how do you progress, and why? In this live interactive webinar series, Pia Stampe, PT, DPT will present a systematic, multi-system treatment framework that will help therapists build a treatment plan that creates a solid foundation for functional skills progression across the life span.

Cerebral Palsy is a complex diagnosis, which usually involves multiple body systems. Learn to organize treatment approach with a keen eye on both the present and the future. Pia will discuss new and promising interventions that are on the horizon for treatment of cerebral palsy.

A unique hands-on learning opportunity through virtual online classroom, provides the opportunity to focus on applying the systematic framework to participants’ own clients—enhancing your clinical skills and confidence in treating your clients with cerebral palsy.

Learn more about this systematic framework for treatment of CP

Please read course requirements carefully before registering for this course. Webinar courses are final sale and are not refundable.

Live interactive webinar series consisting of two live-interactive half-day webinars. Between the first and second webinar you will be required to complete and submit a case-study assignment. Some participants will have the opportunity to present their case study during the second half-day webinar.

Course Requirements:

As a requirement of this course, you will need to:

  • attend both half-day Zoom webinars (total of 9 contact hours)
  • complete and submit a case-study assignment (1 contact hour)
  • be prepared to discuss case studies during Zoom Interactive Classroom.
  • complete online course evaluation and post-test (passing score of 80%) upon completion of webinar series


Technical Requirements:

  • computer/tablet with webcam, speakers, microphone (or smartphone)
  • reliable internet access
  • email access to receive course communications
  • ability to download files (printing optional)
  • email access for communication about the course.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • explain how to harness brain recovery and neuroplastic potential through different stages of infancy, childhood and adolescence and compare them to traditional service delivery models
  • explain the correlation between lifelong functional capacity and strategic intervention planning for cerebral palsy across the different stages of childhood and adolescence.
  • list 3 main therapeutic intervention categories, in the correct order of application, for treatment of cerebral palsy.
  • will demonstrate the correct, sequential intervention method, based on one of their own cases.
  • prepare a home program that embeds all recommended therapeutic interventions into the child and family’s daily life, based on a virtual treatment demonstration.

Day One: 5 hours of direct instruction

15 min Brief workshop introduction/overview
45 min Human neuroplasticity and recovery potential in CP.
Systematic framework for assessment and intervention
120 min Doing the right thing, in the right order, at the right time:

  • Alignment, Awareness, Activation for building a solid foundation.
  • The impact of vision impairment specifically on motor control as well as overall development
15 min Break
60 min Child and family coaching to integrate interventions into daily life.
Building upon a solid foundation: What is next?
60 min Case presentations as preparation for participants building and presenting their own cases


Day Two: 4 hours of direct instruction

15 min Questions
120 min Participants’ case presentation/coaching
15 min Break
105 min Participants’ case presentation/coaching

10 CE Credits

10 Contact hours (9 contact hours synchronous learning/live webinar 1 contact hour asynchronous learning/self-study (case study preparation)

This course content is not intended for use by any participants outside the scope of their license or regulation.

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  • AOTA approved provider of OT and OTA continuing education (#6177)
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  • approved provider of PT and PTA continuing education by IDFPR/ Illinois Board of Physical Therapy (#216000227).
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    Fast Facts

    Skill Level: Intermediate
    Delivery Method: Live Interactive Webinar

    Who Should Attend:
    • Occupational Therapists
    • Occupational Therapy Assistants
    • Physical Therapists
    • Physical Therapy Assistants


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    Pia Stampe, PT, DPT

    Pia is the owner and founder of KEYtoCP™. Pia is a a pediatric physical therapist with more than 35 years of experience working with children with cerebral palsy. She graduated from PT education in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1981 and earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from AT Still University in 2008. Pia has completed extensive continuing education and has teaching experience in pediatrics/neurology, coaching and use of EMG biofeedback, neuromuscular stimulation and functional electrical stimulation. Pia worked closely with Karen Pape, MD as the systematic, intensive model used at KEYtoCP™ was developed.

    “You all did such a wonderful job at converting this course to a virtual format. I honestly don’t think, from a participant’s perspective, that it could have gone better. The presentations, videos, demos, breakout rooms all went so smoothly. Although virtual will never be as personal as live, the fact that “it can be done well” is so exciting – think about all of the education we could be able to access without having limits of cost for travel, accommodation etc. I find this very exciting! Thank you all so very much!! “


    What Students are Saying:

    “Loved that we tackled a complex kiddo. Great reminder of balancing our “excitement” as therapists (to try many options to normalize alignment) with the day-to-day needs/wants of a family. Really appreciated the various points of view and multiple suggestions from all the participants .“

    “Absolutely excellent. Many of the interventions I had heard of but never seen them used in such a thorough way.”

    Pia's Systematic Intervention Framework

    Have you ever wondered how all the different interventions available for CP fit together to be most efficient? It's like a completing a puzzle and there are so many pieces available. I often come across families and teams who use "a little bit of everything" in their approach. While each "bit" of intervention in of itself might be very beneficial, it may not be so if not fully implemented. It could be a little NMES, a little vibration therapy, occasional use of posture garments and braces, some CO OP strategies and much more. Each of these interventions have merit, but my question is if they work with occasional use?

    To try to make it easier to fit all these intervention in, I created a systematic framework, where each of the interventions fit in. The important word here is SYSTEMATIC. It is about fitting the pieces together into something that works and fits into the child's and family's daily routines. Each puzzle piece is beautiful and useful but in order to complete the puzzle, it matters where the pieces go.

    "Doing the right thing, at the right time and in the right order"

    Fitting the available interventions into each category and doing it all in the right order is what is going to make the difference. Interventions are tools in the therapy toolbox. We all have different interventions in our toolboxes that are excellent. It is the order in which they are implemented that will make them work! And it is making sure that each category is checked off before moving on within the framework.

    For example, in my Alignment toolbox I have:

    • TheraTogs
    • Dynamic Movement Orthosis
    • Splints and Braces

    ...and much more because I have to ensure best possible body alignment in order for everything else to work....FORM PRECEDES FUNCTION

    In my Awareness toolbox I have:

    • Sensory techniques
    • Auditory/visual
    • Compression
    • Spinal Neuromodulation
    • sEMG Biofeedback - "AHA Moments"

    ......and much more because without body Awareness motor learning becomes very difficult

    In my Activation toolbox I have:

    • Targeted sEMG Biofeedback
    • NMES
    • EMG Triggered Stimulation
    • Different types of feedback

    ...and much more because when the child learns efficient muscle activation/relaxation, functional tasks become easier

    In my Strength toolbox I have:

    • Functional strength training
    • NMES
    • Aqua training
    • Power and speed training
    • Endurance training

    .....and much more because muscles are weak from disuse. BUT, when the other components of this framework is in place, functional daily activities are often enough to improve strength and endurance

    All of my interventions are used within a CO OP type coaching model, but more about that in the course...!