Supporting People with Cerebral Palsy

Producer: Embrace Learning

Duration: 3 hours.
This product is an online product and is a single-user, 1-year licence.
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Aimed at people working in the health and social care sectors, the course has been developed in association with British Institute of Learning Disabilities and Beaumont College, Lancaster.

This e-learning training course begins by introducing learners to some of the facts and statistics about cerebral palsy, identifies possible causes and explains why an early diagnosis is beneficial. Learners will gain an understanding of the different ways in which the condition can manifest itself and how the extent of its effects can vary greatly.

The training course describes the medical and social models of disability and will help people to identify which one fits in more effectively with the support of individuals with cerebral palsy. It then goes on to look at other impairments that people with the condition may have to face, and how therapists can help them to cope based on their particular needs. It also explores the benefits of taking a person-centred approach to planning support.

The training course concludes by identifying ways of helping people with cerebral palsy to communicate, as well as the legislation in place to protect and support them to live fulfilling lives.

Please Note: The demo link for this title is representative of the courseware but does not give access to the actual course.

The recommended settings to run this course are:

- Minimum Internet Explorer 6/Netscape Navigator 7
- Flash enabled – Minimum V6
- Popup windows enabled
- Minimum Windows 2000 Operating System
- Authorware may also need to be installed for some courses


The study units are:

- What is cerebral palsy and how does it affect people?
- Effective methods of support
- Helping people to communicate


The objectives for each study unit are that learners will be able to:

- Explain what cerebral palsy is
- Describe the different types of cerebral palsy
- Identify what causes the condition and when it occurs
- List the secondary conditions and impairments that may be associated with cerebral palsy
- Understand the benefits to all concerned of an early diagnosis
- Explain what is meant by the medical and social models of disability
- Choose the more effective model for the support of people with cerebral palsy
- Understand how physical therapists play an important role in a person's support network
- Define MDVI and suggest ways of helping and reassuring people with visual impairments
- Describe person-centered planning and outline its benefits
- Understand people's rights in terms of communication
- Identify ways of helping people to communicate based on their capabilities
- Describe augmentative and alternative methods of communicating
- Explain what communication books, passports and VOCAs are
- Understand the importance of the legislation which protects and supports people with disabilities

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