News & Events
on Cerebral Palsy Update 2018 held at USTM
190 Therapists and Special Educators for
Cerebral Palsy Update at USTM
9th Mile, Ri
Bhoi, 10 July 2018: Combination of the three H—head, hand
and heart with the best positive attitude are very important to
treat patients with cerebral palsy as the disease has number of
complications. Cerebral Palsy is the most common movement
disorder in children and about 2.1 per 1000 babies suffer from
it all over the world. This was stated by Dr Debojit Khanikar,
Deputy Secretary, Social Welfare Department, Government of Assam
while delivering his address as the Chief Guest in the inaugural
of the National Seminar on Cerebral Palsy Update 2018 held at
the University of science & Technology Meghalaya on 7th and 8th
July. A total of 190 participants from across the region
including Physiotherapists, Special Educators, Speech Therapists
and Psychologists joined in the two-day long Workshop. The
workshop was organized by SVNIRTAR, Odisha and CRC Guwahati
under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment in
association with Indian Academy of Cerebral Palsy and with the
support of USTM.
Addressing the participants, Dr G Shashikala, Director, Indian
Academy of Cerebral Palsy said that cerebral palsy is a
challenging entity for those practitioners who deal with
differently abled children. Symptoms, evolution and prognosis
are as varied as are the causes and management options. It is
for this reason that present day management of cerebral palsy
warrants a multidisciplinary approach.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Shakti Prasad, Director, SVNIRTAR,
Odisha said, “This seminar cum workshop envisages encompassing
all the broad aspects of cerebral palsy disorder to provide a
holistic insight into the understanding, approach and management
of Cerebral Palsy. This is also an attempt to bring all related
professionals together to have a better reciprocation of
knowledge resulting in a stronger interdisciplinary
coordination.” Experts from different parts of the country
participated as resource persons in the seminar.
A multidisciplinary team develops an individualized cerebral
palsy treatment plan based on the patient’s needs and problems.
It is imperative to involve patients, families, special
educators and caregivers in all phases of planning, decision
making and treatment. A pediatrician, pediatric neurologist, or
PMR specialist provides primary care for children with CP.
Orthopedic Surgeon, Neurosurgeon, Speech Therapist, Occupational
Therapist, Special Educator, Psychologist and Social Worker—all
have their special roles to play.