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European Academy of Childhood Disability Meeting

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Updated: 08.06.2010

European Academy of Childhood Disability Meeting

19th Annual Meeting of the European Academy of Childhood Disability (EACD) was hold in Groningen, the Netherlands, June 14-16, 2007.

The EACD is an academic association of professionals working with children with disability throughout Europe. Its members have a heterogeneous background, they are paediatricians, neuropaediatricians, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, psychologists, nurses, social workers and special-needs teachers. The theme of the EACD Meeting in Groningen in 2007 is DEVELOPMENT & DIFFERENTIATION IN CHILDHOOD DISABILITY. The meeting aimed at focusing on children and adolescents with disabilities, in particular on their development and possibilities to achieve their full potential as adults in modern society.

The theme of “development and differentiation” covered actual issues in three main areas of paediatric rehabilitation. Among the keynote lectures were the following:
  • Programming of the brain by early nutrition
  • Nature and nurture in motor development
  • Childhood disability in a developmental and differential perspective
  • New attitudes and advances in paediatric habilitation
  • Participation and inclusion of children with disabilities
  • To treat or not to treat in childhood disability: are there limitations to treatment?
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The International Clinic of Rehabilitation was represented in this meeting by Dr. Oleh Kachmar. In his presentation “Standardization in pediatric rehabilitation. Multilinguality and information sharing issues” he has drawn attention to the exchange of medical information between different institutions, use of modern IT technologies and development of standards for evaluation of patients with cerebral palsy. He has also provided information on the experience of the International Clinic of Rehabilitation in treating patients with cerebral palsy using relatively new approach – the Kozyavkin Method.

Abstract of the presentation (PDF, 1.2MB)

The Meeting took place in Groningen which is the capital city of the province of Groningen in the Netherlands. With a population of 185,000 it is by far the largest city in the North Netherlands. Although Groningen is not a large city, it does have an important role as the main urban center of this part of the country, particularly in the fields of music and other arts, education, and business. Groningen has been called the "World Cycling City", since nearly 50% of journeys within the city are made by bicycle. The city is very much adapted to the wishes of those who want to get around without a car, as it has an extensive cycle network, good public transport, and a large pedestrianized zone in the city center.
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