Early Detection Conference

2 Day Conference – April 6-7, 2018

Registration fee: $250
Networking dinner: $75

Post-Conference Course – April 8-10, 2018

GMA Training, Advanced & Basic: $950

In the United States, we too often fail to implement best practices for Early Detection and Intervention of CP. There is an urgent need to improve how we recognize and address developmental disability.

This is the first conference of its type to develop and promote new pathways for translating knowledge into practice. Through a series of expertly moderated workshops, led by world renowned clinicians and researchers, you will develop a process to make evidence base into clinical reality.

Who should attend this conference: Teams of pediatric providers who plan on implementing early diagnosis and intervention of CP in a multidisciplinary setting. Pediatricians, Family Practitioners, Neonatologists, Neurologists, OTs, PTs, Business Managers, Nurse Practitioners, Researchers and Trainees welcome.

We highly encourage patient care providers to come with their leaders/organizational/business partners in order to benefit from the implementation workshops that are all team-based.

Educational credits will be awarded upon producing final process which will be reviewed by the conference committee. Partial credit will not be given.

Educational credits available


  • Friday, April 6th – 8am-5pm to include an introduction, morning plenary session, and workshops throughout the day.  Dinner in the evening.
  • Saturday, April 7th – 8:30am-5pm to include morning plenary session, and workshops throughout the day.

An expert panel of internationally renowned speakers include (alphabetically):

  • Roslyn Boyd –  University of Queensland, Australia
  • Giovanni Cioni –  Università di Pisa, Italy
  • Nathalie Maitre –  Nationwide Children’s Hospital, USA
  • Cathy Morgan –  Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Institute, Australia
  • Garey Noritz –  Nationwide Children’s Hospital, USA
  • Iona Novak –  Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Institute, Australia
  • Lindsay Pennington –  Newcastle University, UK
  • Peter Rosenbaum –  CanChild & McMaster University, Canada
  • Alicia Spittle –  Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Australia
  • Richard Stevenson –  University of Virginia, USA

Example workshop topics include:

  • First Approach Principles: (Detection and Intervention) Counseling of high-risk for CP; Giving the diagnosis of CP; Working with parents to set goals
  • Basics of Implementation Processes
  • Parent wellbeing, positive parenting and mindfulness.
  • Early detection tools- General Movements Assessment (longitudinal use and screening)
  • Early detection tools- HINE (longitudinal use and screening)
  • Early detection tools- Imaging (what modality, when to use it and how to explain to parents)
  • Feeding evaluation and intervention (standardized assessments, evaluation and rehabilitation)
  • Prediction of outcome: what is the question being asked and what are the limits of our knowledge
  • Communication: Assessment and Interventions (evidence based interventions in the under 3)
  • Pain and sleep (evidence based interventions in the under 3)
  • Motor: Assessment and Interventions (evidence based interventions in the under 3)
  • Vision: Assessment and Interventions (evidence based interventions in the under 3)
  • Nutrition considerations and practices for the infant and toddler diagnosed with CP
  • Social Impact and participation (parenting, family dynamics and inclusion in the early years)
  • Cognition: Assessment and Interventions (evidence based interventions in the under 3)
  • Pharmacological Interventions and Durable Medical Equipment (what can you do?)
  • Effective Community Provider Partnerships (from discharge planning to education and interactions)

GMA Training Available:

19.25 category I CME credits and 19 CEU credits will be available upon completion of the three day course. Attendance is limited, so register now!

HINE Training: *SOLD OUT*

Networking Dinner:

Friday, April 6th 2018 @ 6:30pm
Ticketed event for $75 per attendee.

Enjoy an evening with special guest entertainment by Jessy Yates, actor, performance artist, and comedian with Cerebral Palsy and chance to strengthen you network with conference attendees.  Limited number of tickets available.

Jessy Yates is a New York actor, performance artist, and comedian with Cerebral Palsy. Before heading off to get her BFA at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, she got her start in community theatres and the classical music scene of Cleveland, Ohio. Since moving to NYC, she has performed at such notable venues as BAM, The Public Theatre, Queens Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, NJPAC, Florida Studio Theatre, and Williamstown Theatre Festival. Her work, often using the medium of burlesque, is a satirical take on society’s view of disability. Most recently, she appeared as a guest star, playing Nora on the ABC sitcom, Speechless. In August, she will move to New Haven to become the first physically disabled actor to join Yale School of Drama’s MFA Acting program.

Trainee Scholarships are now available!

Through the generosity of the Cerebral Palsy Foundation, our donors, partners and corporate sponsors, the CPF is proud to offer a limited number of Trainee Scholarships. CPF seeks applicants who are full-time students or trainees to apply for this scholarship.

Scholarship recipients will receive:

1. Complimentary general registration
2. Valuable networking opportunities
3. Opportunity to learn from multi-disciplinary experts in the field

Click HERE to apply.

The application deadline is March 2nd, 2018, 5pm ET.


The CPF has reserved a block of rooms at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel with the negotiated rate of $149 per night for the 2 day conference.  These rooms will be available until March 20th, 2018 OR until all have been booked at the group rate, whichever comes first. We recommend booking your hotel as soon as your travel plans have been confirmed. To receive the group rate of $149 for a King room, please:

1. Book online through the following link: https://aws.passkey.com/go/cpfattendee0418


2. Call Renaissance Enhanced Group Reservations at 877-901-6632. Guests will ask for CPF Early Detection & Intervention for Cerebral Palsy Room Block.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Rebecca Lam at rebecca.lam@yourcpf.org.