The aim of the SCPE Reference and Training manual is to promote a shared understanding of the words and phrases used to describe the clinical, functional and neurological features of CP. Text and video material are used to illustrate these features and discuss pitfalls in diagnosis and classification.

The RTM is designed for health professionals who are compiling CP registers and those wishing to enter data onto the SCPE database. It can be also used for training purposes for health professionals interested in children with cerebral palsy.

The RTM is divided into 6 sections.

  1. CP and CP subtypes
  2. Functional grading
  3. Neuroimaging in the child with CP
  4. Cases
  5. References and Abbreviations
  6. Neonatal imaging

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The RTM on this webpage is in English but the manual is also available on a CD in other languages (Dutch, French, German, Italian, Lithuanian, Portuguese, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish).

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This Manual is dedicated to all children with Cerebral Palsy

We would like to express our sincerest thanks to all the children and their parents who so kindly participated. To work with them was a great pleasure and their contribution was most inspiring for the concept of this manual.


Authors - on behalf of the SCPE

Ingeborg Krägeloh-Mann, Veronka Horber, Uwe R Petruch, Peter-Michael Weber Department of Child Neurology, Tübingen, Germany
Javier de la Cruz, University Hospital 12 de Octubre, Madrid, Spain


With essential contributions from SCPE

All SCPE-members (consensus process – discussions, CD evaluation, reliability exercise)

especially: Mary-Jane Platt - University of East Anglia, UK
Ann Johnson, Mary Gainsborough - University of Oxford, UK
Paul Uvebrant, Eva Beckung - University Children's Hospital, Göteborg, Sweden
Owen Hensey - Central Remedial Clinic, Dublin, Ireland
Karen Horridge - Neurodisability, Sunderland Royal Hospital, UK
Vlatka Mejaski-Bosnjak, Ivana Dakovic - University Children's Hospital, Zagreb, Croatia
Damjan Osredkar - University Paediatric Hospital, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Carmen Pallás, Carmen Gallego - University Hospital 12 de Octubre, Madrid, Spain


With essential contributions from outside SCPE for the imaging chapters

Gerda van Wezel-Meijler - Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, The Netherlands
Frances Cowan - Hammersmith Hospital, Imperial College, Imperial College, London, UK
Linda de Vries - The Wilhemina Children's Hospital, University Medical Centre Utrecht, The Netherlands
Wolfgang Grodd MD, Department of Neuroradiology, University of Tübingen, Germany.

If not mentioned otherwise, images were performed in the University Hospital Tübingen, Germany