Professional Learning Series

The Professional Learning Series is sponsored by United Cerebral Palsy and organized by the UCP Research Committee, Gillette Children’s (UCP of Minnesota) and UCP of Central Arizona. The webinars are aimed at professionals who work with children and adults with cerebral palsy and other neurodevelopmental disorders but also open to the public.

Our Next Presentation

Dr. Lisa Pinson will present on “The Role of Perception-Action in Learning: Implications for Assessment and Intervention of Children with Movement Disorders” on September 21, 2023, 6 to 7:30 p.m. ET / 3 to 4:30 p.m. PT.

Register today!


Learning Objectives:

  1. Define perception-action and its role in a child’s ability to pick up relevant information during movement. 
  2. Describe the relationship between the body and its contact with the support surface in advancing a child’s ability to learn to move.
  3. Discuss the connection between observational findings and the selection of intervention strategies.


Lisa JH Pinson PT, DPT, C/PAA-I is a pediatric physical therapist that started her career in her home state of New York at Blythedale Children’s Hospital. In her 26 years as a therapist she has worked in a variety of settings from intensive care to outpatient practice.  She is a founding board member, former Chair of Marketing and the current treasurer of the Institute of Perception-Action Approach. In 2002 she moved to Phoenix where she founded the PEDI Center for Therapy. Lisa earned her APTA Board Certified Pediatric Specialist in 2009 and her transitional DPT in 2017.  In 2016 she sold her practice and moved to Atlanta where her husband grew up to raise their three children near family. Currently she holds positions at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in the Developmental Progress Clinic and Acute Rehab as well as doing research at Emory University in the School of Medicines Baby Brain Optimization Project research lab.


Upcoming Presentations

  • September 21, 2023 – “The Role of Perception-Action in Learning: Implications for Assessment and Intervention of Children with Movement Disorders” presented by Lisa Pinon PT, DPT, C/PAA-I, Pediatric Physical Therapist at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Researcher at Emory University’s School of Medicine
  • December 14, 2023 – “Dystonia in Cerebral Palsy: Updates & Treatment” presented by Bhooma Aravamuthan MD, DPhil, Assistant Professor, pediatric movement disorders specialist, and neuroscientist at Washington University School of Medicine and the Cerebral Palsy Center at St. Louis Children’s Hospital

Past presentations

  • “Pediatric to Adult Healthcare Transition: Developing a Partnership to Help Patients and the Healthcare Team Thrive” Presented by Tori Bahr, MD, FAAP, internal medicine and pediatric Complex Care physician at Gillette Children’s.  Watch a recording of the webinar.
  • “What to Know About Cerebral Visual Impairment: Evaluation and treatment to improve a child’s functional performance”  Presented by Karen Harpster, PhD, OTR/L, Clinician Scientist and Occupational Therapist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, and Assistant Professor at the University of Cincinnati. Watch a recording of the webinar.
  • “New Frontiers in Mobile Brain Imaging and Robotics in Pediatric Neuro-Rehabilitation.”  Presented by Dr. Diane Damiano, PT, PhD, Senior Investigator at the National Institutes of Health and Chief of the Functional and Applied Biomechanics Section in the Rehabilitation Medicine Department. Watch a recording of the webinar.
  • “New discoveries in the evolving world of genetics: diagnosis and treatment of cerebral palsy. Presented by Dr. Michael Kruer, a pediatric movement disorders specialist neurologist, human geneticist and co-chair of the UCP Research Committee. Watch a recording of the webinar.
  • “Management​ of​ Difficult Clinical Presentations of Hypertonia​ in ​Children with Disabilities​.” Presented by Dr. Mark Gormley, Jr., M.D., a pediatric rehabilitation medicine physician at Gillette. He treats children and adolescents who have cerebral palsy, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, neuromuscular disorders, and other conditions, with a special interest in spasticity management. Watch a recording of the webinar.

  • “Constraint Therapy for Children with Hemiplegic CP: What you need to know – from the Brain to the Clinic!” Presented by Dr. Darcy Fehlingshead of the Division of Developmental Pediatrics and a Professor in the Department of Paediatrics, at the University of Toronto. Watch a recording of the webinar.

  • “Cerebral Palsy: Early Evaluation and Intervention,” presented by Dr. Angela Sinner. Angela Sinner, DO has worked as a Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Physician at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare for nearly a decade. She is the co-director of Gillette’s inpatient rehabilitation unit and Sinner specializes in treating cerebral palsy, muscle spasticity and tone management, as well as traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries. Watch a recording of the presentation.
  • “The evolving impact of genetic findings on the diagnosis and treatment of cerebral palsy” was presented by Dr. Michael Kruer, a pediatric movement disorders neurologist, developmental pediatrician and molecular geneticist. Watch a recording of the presentation.
  • “The Critical Role of Gait Analysis in the Care of Individuals with Cerebral Palsy” was presented by Dr. Tom Novacheck, an orthopedic surgeon and Associate Medical Director at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare specializing in cerebral palsy and other complex orthopedic conditions with an emphasis on hip reconstruction.  Watch a recording of the presentation.

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