Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Just missed it…

But here it is for the record

Building the road to independence
5th Annual Cerebral Palsy Conference
Washington University Medical Center
St. Louis

This was the fifth annual conference of the Pediatric Neurology Cerebral Palsy Center at St. Louis Children's Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, directed to physicians, parents, caregivers and therapists. It is joint-sponsored by Reaching For The Stars, A Foundation Of Hope For Children With Cerebral Palsy, and the University designates it as an educational activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 credits

On a plate

This year’s featured topics had been announced as:
  • school issues and IEPs
  • new research
  • finding HOPE for you and your family
  • and more coming soon!

There is maybe not much to be expected from CE in the USA on the second of these at the moment (though there surely ought to be) but the first and the third topics, what gifts! And as for the fourth, what can’t you think of offer in such a context?

Maybe lots of CE people, parents, young adults, conductors, service-founders and managers submitted proposals for presentations around Conductive Education, and were turned down.

Maybe nobody from CE submitted anything.

Either way, the conference touched on companion dogs, adaptive bikes, Abbey Curran (Miss Iowa 2008), selective dorsal rhysotomy, martial arts and all sorts of other good things. It did not get Conductive Education.

Meet me in St Louis

Here was a excellent opportunity for CE last weekend to put itself about at the very least with respect to issues of schooling and to ‘finding HOPE’ for families. As it was, many other topics pointed the way to ‘building the road to independence’, but this weekend in St Louis CE was not one of them.

This is an annual conference. Maybe next year?


Abbey Curran

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