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.

Next Presentation

Wednesday, March 6, 2024
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EST

Is therapy making a difference?
Best Practices for Complex Cases of Cerebral Palsy

Featuring Ginny Paleg, PT, DScPT, MPT and Dayna Pool, PhD


Upcoming presentations

  • May 2024 – “What is CP? A neurologist perspective” presented by Tim Feyma, MD
  • September 2024 – Topic coming soon.
  • November 14, 2024 – “Baby Constraint Movement Therapy: The Essentials of Evaluation and Treatment” presented by Valerie Pieraccini of UCP of Central Arizona and Kelli Moberg of Gillette Children’s

Past presentations

  • “Dystonia in Cerebral Palsy” 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. Watch a recording of the webinar. 
  • “The Role of Perception-Action in Learning: Implications for Assessment and Intervention of Children with Movement Disorders” Presented by Lisa Pinson PT, DPT, C/PAA-I, pediatric physical therapist at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and researcher for the Baby Brain Optimization Project at Emory University.  Watch a recording of the webinar.
  • “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.

Please direct questions to: