Early Recognition, Early Intervention: Diagnosing and Managing Cerebral Palsy in Young Children

1.0 NAPNAP Contact Hour. This continuing education activity is offered at a reduced rate to NAPNAP Members. This continuing education activity rate is 10$ for NAPNAP Members. For non- members, this continuing education activity rate is 20$. 

Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common childhood disability. Given the prevalence, pediatric providers should be trained in early recognition and appropriate interventions for children diagnosed with CP. This presentation will discuss up to date recommendations and review evidence-based guidelines for multiple developmental domains including motor, cognitive, communication, eating/drinking, vision, sleep, tone and musculoskeletal.

This continuing education activity is administered by the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) as an Agency providing continuing education credit. Individuals who complete this program will be awarded 1.0 NAPNAP contact hour, of which 0 is pharmacology content.

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Target Audience

Pediatric-focused advanced practice registered nurses

Learning Objectives

• Recognize early signs of cerebral palsy.
• Identify domains of development that require assessment and intervention.
• Describe appropriate early interventions for high-risk children and those diagnosed with cerebral palsy.
• Recognize the importance of interventions geared towards skill progression, prevention of future complications and parental support and well-being.

Course summary
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Traci Gonzales, MSN, APRN, CPNP
Traci Gonzales is a PNP from Houston. She received her BSN from McNeese State University and her MSN from Texas Tech University. Mrs. Gonzales works at the Complex Care Clinic at Texas Children’s Hospital, where she serves as PCP for children with medical complexity. She provides acute and chronic medical care to these medically fragile children both in clinic and via telehealth. She is also involved in coordinating their care among specialists. She is also a national spokesperson for American Lung Association, which allows her to advocate for lung health of all children.

Ginelle King, APRN, FNP-C
Elise Whalen is a PNP at Texas Children’s Hospital and faculty in the Baylor College of Medicine Pediatric Pulmonary Division. Since 2018, she has worked with the pulmonary hypertension center. She received her BSN from Texas A&M University and MSN from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. She is currently working to complete her DNP. She is involved in research and quality endeavors to improve pulmonary care for children. She is interested in promoting education and advocating for policy to improve healthcare issues like air quality.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 Contact hours


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