Experts to discuss rehabilitation of children with cerebral palsy

Chennai Dec. 4. Wholesome and co-ordinated rehabilitation of children with Cerebral Palsy (CP) will be the focus of `Akash 2002', a national seminar and workshop to be held in the city on December 6 and 7.

The seminar, organised by the department of orthopaedics and rehabilitation of the Sundaram Medical Foundation (SMF), aims at bringing together medicare professionals, physiotherapists, family, parents and other care givers on a single platform.

Addressing presspersons, the organising committee member, Sudhakar Williams, said the coming together of all the persons involved in the rehabilitation of children with CP will improve the decision making process and thereby enhance quality of care.

Stressing the need to bring the children early for physiotherapy, Dr. Williams said detection and intervention while there was still plasticity in development would ensure a better lifestyle for the children. As CP was a disorder of movement and posture, with associated conditions of speech, vision and hearing impairment, intervention was best at the early stages. The conventional approach towards rehabilitation involves the commitment of neurologists, physiotherapists, speech therapists, special educators, occupational therapists and development paediatricians, he added.

Representatives from these multi-disciplines will participate in the seminar and workshop comprising lectures, panel discussions, video demonstrations and live demonstrations on decision-making and therapy. The first day's programme will be held at Hotel Savera, while the next day, dedicated for therapists, will be held at SMF, Anna Nagar, according to organising committee member, P. V. Jayasankar.

SMF was offering assessment and therapy facilities under one roof to patients and was part of the social outreach initiative of the hospital, according to Arjun Rajagopalan of SMF. The director of the hospital, Vijaya Bharati Rangarajan, said efforts would be made to raise funds in order to support the initiatives of the unit and expand its activities to benefit more children.

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