ICRC Cerebral Palsy Content Development Project



The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) helps those affected by armed conflict and promotes compliance with international humanitarian law. It is pleased to present this project that contributes to development of the Cerebral Palsy section in Physiopedia and is used for the Cerebral Palsy MOOC (free open online course) which was fist deliverd in 2015. This course can now be accessed at any time for free in Physiopedia Plus (sign up for the trial account).

With this content development project we intend to populate the site with practical, credible and thought-provoking information on all aspects of management of the individual with Cerebral Palsy. Much of this project is guided by curriculum for the Cerebral Palsy MOOC.  

Anyone is welcome to join in this project. You will be joining people from all over the world in contributing evidence based articles to create an evidence based reference on management of individuals with Cerebral Palsy.  In return for your efforts you will receive a certificate of completion to help you evidence your learning through your involvement with this project.

Project Team

Project Lead

Rachael Lowe


  • Verbena Bottini, PT, ICRC
  • Greg Halford, P&O, ICRC
  • Lorena Perez, PT, ICRC
  • Naomi O'Reilly, PT, Physiopedia
  • Lurinda Prinsloo, OT, Cerebral Palsy Association
  • Roelie Wolting, PT, Enablement
  • Estibaliz Garcia Recio, OT, Handicap International
  • Simon Lalor, ICRC
  • Maarten Abeel, PT, ICRC
  • Ghassan Husni Ali, ICRC 

Project Dates

First content development phase: July 2016 - September 2016

Update to content: Any time (please contact us for information)


As a participant in this project you will contribute to the creation (or update an existing) page within Physiopedia.  You may choose to take part in this project as a personal contribution to your own professional development and/or you may wish to contribute evidence based information to develop this resource for our profession.  Your contribution will be reviewed by Physiopedia and once complete recognised by the award of a certificate of completion.

If you would like to take part in this project please follow the instructions below. 


  1. Choose an article from the list below that you would like to develop.  Be sure that the article doesn't already have a name next to it.  
  2. At this point you should email the project co-ordinator to let them know that you would like to join the project and which page you would like to work on.  Please feel free also to ask any questions that you have in relation to this project e.g. if you feel a new page needs adding to the list.
  3. You will receive an email from Rachael (the project co-ordinator) to confirm you participation in the project and also to confirm the page that you will develop.
  4. Once you have received this confirmation you are free to get on with working on your page.  You should be complete your work in a word (or similar) document See example .  If you are comfortable working in Physiopedia we are very happy for you to work directly in Physiopedia instead of producing a word document. (See content criteria below).
  5. If you would like a certificate to evidence your contribution - we would like you to think about your own personal learning outcomes as a result of taking part in this project.  These learning outcomes will be printed on your certificate.
  6. Once you have completed your article and (if you wish to have a certificate) listed your learning outcomes please email them to project co-ordinator.
  7. Your article will be reviewed by the project team and you will be emailed a response of approval or of amendments to be made.
  8. Once the article has been finally approved, it will be published and you will receive your certificate of completion.

If you have any questions please do email us.

Content Criteria

Content on a Physiopedia page must:

  • Be evidence based (where appropriate and possible)
  • Be referenced
  • Include images and videos
  • Include a list of open online resources that we can link to

See this article to see what makes a good Physiopedia page

Example content:

Top Tips

Physiopedia is an online resource that provides evidence based, critically reviewed information for Physiotherapists across the world. It is a collaboratively developed project that is contributed to by physiotherapists all over the world. The project has standards of writing that articles must adhere to in order to be published. As a collaborative activity, please do not feel dis-heartened if others make suggests or contributions to your articles over time, it helps maintain relevance and shares learning, it is not a criticism of you personally.

With all this in mind here are 4 pieces of advice that we hope will give you some confidence about creating a Physiopedia article that will be valuable to physiotherapists all over the world!

  1. Be mindful to reference your work and use quotation marks when appropriate. Plagiarism is not good academic practice. 
  2. The article should be, wherever possible factual, not a piece to direct readers into one conclusion or another. Therefore adopt a neutral tone and voice and present other peoples arguments/references/facts and figures from all perspectives, leaving the final decision to the reader.
  3. A word on word count. This is for you to determine as is most appropriate for your topic and approach. Ideally not a 500 word summary of a topic, but equally not a 3000 essay. Use hyperlinks to other related Physiopedia pages and information sources tactically to help manage your word count and avoid avoid long winded explanations and signpost readers to more information/background reading. Keep in your mind the situation readers are likely to be in when accessing your information - a quick reference point for sit down with a cuppa?  Aim to produce an article that critically introduces the key topics/ideas/themes relating to the article title. Use links and signposting to send interested readers to other sources and Physiopedia pages for more details....or, if you want to include a lot of detail about one specific element of your article, think about creating a separate page for it and contact the Rachael with your idea. Consider your article to be somewhere a therapist wanting to get a critical introduction to the topic might start their search.

Finally remember this project is about collaboration and harnessing of knowledge, so tap into your colleagues knowledge, skills - editing/proof reading, references and learn as you go together! Could make an interesting in-service training session, or team building exercise!

Articles to be Developed

Please let us know if you think we should include anything else in this list!

  1. Handling the Child with Cerebral Palsy
  2. Physical Activity with Cerebral Palsy
  3. Sport with Cerebral Palsy
  4. Augmentative Communication for Cerebral Palsy
  5. Equipment from Paper-based Technology for Cerebral Palsy
  6. Role of Imaging in Diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy
  7. Complimentary and Alternative Medicine in Cerebral Palsy
  8. Neuroplasticity in Cerebral Palsy
  9. Skeletal Muscle Changes due to Cerebral Palsy
  10. ..... feel free to suggest other ideas!!

Articles Developed

  1. Multidisciplinary/Interdisciplinary Management in Cerebral Palsy
  2. Development of the Child with Cerebral Palsy
  3. Evaluating the Child with Cerebral Palsy
  4. Cerebral Palsy Outcome Measures
  5. Physiotherapy Treatment Approaches for Individuals with Cerebral Palsy
  6. Positioning the Child with Cerebral Palsy
  7. Communication and Children with Cerebral Palsy
  8. Feeding the Child with Cerebral Palsy
  9. Activities of Daily Living in Cerebral Palsy
  10. Learning Through Play with Cerebral Palsy
  11. Vocational Training for individuals with Cerebral Palsy
  12. Specific Therapeutic Interventions for Individuals with Cerebral Palsy
  13. Early Intervention and the Importance of Early Identification of Cerebral Palsy
  14. Working at Care Centres for Individuals with Cerebral Palsy
  15. Assistive Devices for Cerebral Palsy
  16. Biomechanics for Cerebral Palsy Orthotics
  17. Gait Analysis in Cerebral Palsy
  18. Orthotics in Cerebral Palsy
  19. Cerebral Palsy and Sport