Center for Cerebral Palsy 2018 Family Forum

You are invited to join us for the 2018 Family Forum.

This unique program provides education to patients with cerebral palsy and their families and caretakers. Presenters will include the Center for Cerebral team with additional faculty from the David Geffen School of Medicine and the Tarjan Center at UCLA. Patients, parents and other stakeholders will participate in the program. The program was developed with the Children's Cerebral Palsy Movement organization of Orange County. 

Topics include:

  • Orthopedic and spasticity management in cerebral palsy
  • The science of making friends at school 
  • Advocacy in school and in the community
  • Women's Health
  • Ability ballet
  • Accessible computer gaming


Saturday, March 17, 2018

Registration: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Program: 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Reception: 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.



Welcome and “Bill’s Buzz”– is a review of current topics in cerebral palsy, including recent advances in research and CP in the news by William L. Oppenheim, MD

Orthopaedic Management in Cerebral Palsy– a discussion of treatment options for spasticity and the resulting orthopaedic problems by Rachel M. Thompson, MD

Research in Cerebral Palsy– a review of the research projects completed and in progress at the Center by Eileen Fowler, PhD, PT


Following the general program there will be three break out sessions.  Due to limited space, participants must select two of the three sessions featured below:  

#1: Movement and Games– a presentation by Ability Ballet, a therapeutic program for children with CP centered around dance by Debbie Fragner and Computer Gaming – a demonstration of our project with Microsoft to make computer gaming accessible to children and adults with CP by  Eileen Fowler, PhD, PT.

#2: The Science of Making Friends at School– a presentation on how socially successful children interact with their peers and how children and parents can help children succeed at school by Elizabeth Laugeson, Psy.D. and RJ Mitte.

#3: Women’s Health– a presentation on our work with institutions across the country and CPF to improve the quality of healthcare provided to women with cerebral palsy by Katharine Hayward, PhD and Angela Chen, MD.



William L. Oppenheim, MD
Margaret Holden Jones Chair, Cerebral Palsy
Director, UCLA/OIC Center for Cerebral Palsy
Professor and Emeritus Chief, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Rachel M. Thompson, MD
Associate Director, UCLA/OIC Center for Cerebral Palsy
Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Orthopaedic Institute for Children

Eileen Fowler PhD, PT
Peter William Shapiro Chair for the Center for Cerebral Palsy
Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Faculty, Tarjan Center at UCLA

Debbie Fragner
Executive Director and Founder, Children Cerebral Palsy Movement
Orange County, CA

Elizabeth Laugeson, Psy.D.
Founder and Director, UCLA PEERS Clinic
Faculty, Tarjan Center at UCLA
Assistant Clinical Professor, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior

RJ Mitte
Actor, producer and model
Best known for his role of Walter “Flynn” White Jr in AMC’s TV show “Breaking Bad”

Katharine Hayward MD, MPH
Faculty, Tarjan Center at UCLA Faculty, National Arts and Disability Center

Angela Chen, MD
Associate Clinical Professor
Obstetrics and Gynecology
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA



Parking is available adjacent to the Faculty Center in Lot A.  Parking is $7 with a disabled parking placard and $12 without. CASH ONLY.  Attendants cannot accept any other form of payment. 


This event is free; however registration is required to assure your spot.  Please make your selection for the sessions you would like to attend on the registration form.  Children are welcome to attend.  While we don't have childcare, we will be offering free activities for all children during the Family Forum. 

If you have questions about this event, please contact Marcia Greenberg at:


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