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Cerebral Palsy Awareness Diploma Course

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Created both for those living with the condition and those who work with people who have Cerebral Palsy, this course provides a wealth of information and practical advice that will aid in helping those affected to live independent, self-sufficient lives.

What You'll Learn from the Cerebral Palsy Awareness Diploma Course

From the course, you will gain an understanding of the wider scope of Cerebral Palsy, including its levels of severity and five forms, and how each type affects the person with the condition. You will also learn about the differing needs of children, teens, and adults with Cerebral Palsy.

Over the years, treatments for persons with Cerebral Palsy have become increasingly more progressive. The Cerebral Palsy Awareness Diploma Course looks at treatments from both traditional and complementary medicine. With more options than ever before, these treatments can lead to less pain, reduced spasticity, a higher level of independent movement, and a sense of being able to participate more fully in life than ever before.

Learning how to deal with the day-to-day is an important part of living with Cerebral Palsy. The course discusses the benefits of having a support system in place, should extra help be needed, and details self-advocacy techniques and strategies that can be used to build confidence and independence. You will also learn about the 6 major aspects of life in which a sense of wellbeing can enable a person to make positive changes.

Knowing your rights is an important part of living with Cerebral Palsy. The course discusses the wider world of disability rights, the law, and strategies/accommodations that can ensure the best possible integration in school and work environments.

The course looks through the history of Cerebral Palsy, including the various movements that have improved public perception and changed attitudes. You will discover how treatments have evolved over time and how current research may change future therapies. You will also learn about common symptoms in babies that are indicative of Cerebral Palsy and what the specific medical causes of the condition are, both congenital and acquired. A glossary of terms is included to ensure comprehension.

Independence, self-sufficiency, and self-advocacy are three of the most important things to any person, so these are of course important to someone with Cerebral Palsy. The Cerebral Palsy Awareness Course explains how those caring for individuals with the condition can work with them to help them gain independence, and the systems, support, and technologies that are in place to accomplish this.

Fitness and wellness should be important to everyone, but for those with Cerebral Palsy, it can make a big difference to their quality of life. The course explains the ways in which those with the condition can exercise and even guides through some exercise routines that target specific areas. Also covered is the importance of proper nutrition and how to prepare and take in food.

Who Would Benefit from the Course?

The Cerebral Palsy Awareness Diploma Course offers knowledge and practical advice both to those living with the condition and practitioners who work with people who have CP. The course will also be of interest to friends and family members of those who have Cerebral Palsy and anyone who is interested in pursuing a career in this area.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Cerebral Palsy Awareness Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. The course comes with a course assessment in the form of quizzes, written questions and short essays, once you have completed your course assessment please email or post it back to us for marking, you will then receive your feedback and certificates.

This course is certified by the IANLPC (International Association of NLP & Coaching) and the IAHT (International Alliance of Holistic Therapists), both of which are internationally recognised organisations. The IAHT certify personal development, health, fitness and nutrition courses. The IANLPC is a global support network for NLP Professionals and coaches, including the fields of Life Coaching, Hypnotherapy Business Coaching, Leadership, Nutritional, CBT, Personal Development and Holistic Therapy.

Course Syllabus

Module 1: The Five Forms of Cerebral Palsy (CP)

  • Various Forms of CP
    • Spastic CP
    • Athetoid CP
    • Ataxic CP
    • Dystonia/Dystonic CP
  • The Needs of Children with CP
  • The Needs of Teens with CP
  • The Needs of Adults with CP
  • Assessment

Module 2: Treatments for CP

  • Standard Treatments
    • Physical Therapy
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Speech Language Therapy
    • Surgery
  • Complementary Medicine and CP
    • Six Forms of Complementary and Alternative Medicine
    • Biological-based therapies
    • Energy therapies
    • Manipulative and body-based methods
    • Mind-body interventions
    • Movement therapies
    • Whole Medical Systems
    • What is Acupuncture?
    • Massage Therapy for CP
  • Assessment

Module 3: Self-help for People with CP

  • Family and Support Networks
    • Types of social support
    • The Advantages of Having a Personal Support Network
    • How to Build the Network
  • Self-Advocacy Techniques and Strategies
  • Wellness for People with CP
    • What is Well-Being?
  • Assessment

Module 4: Living with CP

  • The Matrix of Practical Strategies
  • The Disability Rights Movement
  • Accommodations in Schools and Universities
  • Accommodations in the Workplace
  • The Equality Act of 2010 - Disability and the Law
  • The United Nations on the Subject of Disability
  • Assessment

Module 5: People with Disabilities Throughout History

  • An Historical Timeline of Understanding CP
  • Early Signs
  • The Medical Causes of CP
  • Health Challenges for People with CP
  • CP Treatments Through the Centuries
  • The Medical Model
  • The Consumer Movement
  • The Birth of Disability Rights
  • The Independent Living Movement
  • The Paralympic Movement
  • The Social Construction Model
  • Assessment

Module 6: Working with People who have CP

  • Encouraging Independence and Self-Sufficiency
    • When Does a Child Begin to Assert His or Her Independence?
    • Why Is It Beneficial for a Young Adult to Live Independently?
    • Raising Children with CP to Become a Self-Sufficient Adult
  • Independent Living
    • A Definition of Independent Living
  • CP and Aging
  • Encouraging Self-Advocacy
  • Relationships and Intimacy
  • Barrier Free Living
    • Universal Access Design
    • Inclusiveness
    • Safety
    • Economic Good Sense
    • Barrier Free Transportation
  • Assistive Technology
    • Eye-Tracking Devices
    • Assistive Technology/Accessibility Products
  • Encouraging Fitness, and Wellness for People with CP
    • General Principles
    • Health & Safety
    • Considerations for Individuals with Spastic CP
    • Considerations for those with Impaired Balance
    • Considerations for those with Impaired Coordination
    • Considerations for Wheelchair Users
    • Considerations for those with Impaired Sensation
    • Considerations for Power Chair Users
  • Four Complete Adaptive Workouts for People with CP
  • Nutrition and Wellness
  • Assessment


Glossary of Terms

Our courses include comprehensive support, should you require any assistance. You can contact our friendly course advisers by telephone or by email.

Contact Details

Continued Learning

All course delegates are welcome to attend our regular, ongoing learning and inspirational events. We also hold regular inspirational events in Manchester and London for all students studying any of our courses. The events are a great way to watch live demonstrations of different techniques, learn new skills, have a practice with other students and to meet your tutors. Once you've signed up for any of our courses you will receive details of our different monthly events via email. If you cannot attend our events you can watch a live streaming of the event on our tv channel.

All courses can be paid for using our secure online payment system or via paypal. 


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