Annual National Cerebral Palsy Conference: Report Back

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Paula Van Eeden, Centres Manager, attended the NAPCP Annual Conference from 19 - 21 May 2014 at the Tropicana Hotel in Durban.

During the three day Conference, hosted by the AM Moolla Spes Nova School, a variety of speakers presented some excellent and thought provoking sessions. 

Sensory Modulation, Therapeutic Play, Vitamin D deficiency in children with Cerebral Palsy, and Keeping up to date with Technology for Communication Devices, were just a few of the sessions Paula found valuable. 

However, it was the speakers who ‘spoke from the heart’ that were the highlight of the Conference.

“Hearing a Cerebral Palsied man with a speech impediment, proudly stand up and tell us his life story, was one of the sessions that grounded everyone - as was hearing about the daily struggles of a mother with a Cerebral Palsied daughter, who has proven everyone wrong.”

Many of the presenters re-iterated the need to bring back the FUN factor when working with Cerebral Palsied children and adults.  They spoke about adapting everyday activities to best suit their individual needs.

As usual, the sessions were often cut short due to time restrictions as it is so difficult to talk about such involved topics in such a short time period.

At the closing, Sandy Heyman was introduced as the new Chairman for the National Association for Persons with Cerebral Palsy. 

A.M. Moolla Spes Nova are to be commended on organising a great conference.  My sincere thanks to the KZN Cerebral Palsy Association for affording me the opportunity to attend this conference.

PAULA VAN EEDEN
CENTRES MANAGER
CREST and CWAC

[ Posted 25 May 2014 ]

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