Implementation of Early detection and intervention for cerebral palsy Conference

April 11-13, 2019

Nationwide Children’s Hospital

700 Children's Dr, Columbus, OH 43205

Changing what’s possible in early detection and interventions 


This is the 2nd annual conference promoting new pathways for translating knowledge into practice for early detection and intervention of cerebral palsy. 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. All new programming features debates from experts in the field on the latest cutting edge research and posters from implementers across the country.

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.

Global Objectives:

  • Identify the discrete component of the guidelines for best evidence in early detection and intervention of cerebral palsy (CP).

  • Describe the current processes for diagnosis and intervention of CP in your setting.

  • Identify the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to implementing the guidelines in your program.

  • Develop a process flow to adapt the critical elements of the guidelines to your own high-risk infant follow-up setting.

Educational credits will be offered. Click to view.


Conference Co-Chairs


Nathalie Maitre, MD, PhD - Director of NICU Follow Up Programs, NICU Dev Therapies, Nationwide Children’s Hospital


Rachel Byrne - Vice President of Programs, Cerebral Palsy Foundation

Conference Hosts



Day One: Introduction and Cutting-Edge Debates *ALL NEW PROGRAMMING


Day Two: Early Detection of Cerebral Palsy



Day Three: Early Interventions of Cerebral Palsy



Attire for the workshop sessions of the meeting is business casual. Please bring a jacket or sweater, as room temperatures may vary. 

It is the policy of CPF that no cameras are permitted in the workshop sessions. Please refrain from taking any photos in those locations. Audio or videotaping is strictly prohibited

Additional Training Available

GMA BASIC Training Course - Sunday - Tuesday, April 14-16 ($950.00)*

The course fulfills the standards specified by the GM-Trust.

Sunday and Monday Schedule - 8am - 4:30pm 
Tuesday Schedule - 8am - 4pm

This assessment method has shown its merit for the prenatal and postnatal evaluation of the integrity of the nervous system. Compelling evidence is available that the assessment of General Movements (GMs) at a very early age is the best predictor for cerebral palsy. This method has become a potent supplement to the traditional kind of neurological examination.

HINE Training Course - Wednesday, April 10 (FREE)

Schedule - 9am - 3pm
Hammersmith Infant Neurological Examination. Only available for those attending the conference.

The HINE is an easily performed and relatively brief standardized and scorable clinical neurological examination for infants between 2 and 24 months of age, accessible to all clinicians, with good inter-observer reliability even in less experienced staff. It has no associated costs such as lengthy certifications or proprietary forms. The use of the HINE optimality score and cut-off scores provides prognostic information on the severity of motor outcome. The HINE can further help to identify those infants needing specific rehabilitation programs. 

HNNE Training Course - Sunday, April 14 (SOLD OUT)

***Please email if you would like to be added to a wait list if a spot should become available.

Schedule - 9am - 1pm
Hammersmith Neonatal Neurological Examination. Only available for those attending the conference. Previous completion of HINE training recommended.

The HNNE is a widely used standardized instrument to evaluate and follow neurological status, in both clinical and in research work. It consists of 34 items organized into six categories: tone, tone patterns, reflexes, movements, abnormal signs, and behaviors, and thus comprises various aspects of neonatal neurological function (Dubowitz et al., 1999). HNNE is easy to perform, does not need a formal certification, and takes only 10 to 15 minutes (Dubowitz et al., 1999; Dubowitz et al., 2005).