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Concurrent Workshops

Concurrent workshop sessions will be held throughout the program on:

Thursday 31 March 2016 | 4.00pm - 5.30pm

Concurrent Workshop 1.
International clinical practice guidelines for early detection and early intervention for infants at high risk of CP | Iona Novak
At the end of this workshop participants will have: (1) New knowledge of the international clinical practice guidelines for early and accurate detection of cerebral palsy in infants less than 2-years of age; (2) New knowledge of the international clinical practice guidelines for selecting psychometrically valid, reliable and sensitive measures for assessing infants with or at high risk cerebral palsy less than 2-years of age; (3) New knowledge of the international clinical practice guidelines for effective early intervention for infants with or at high risk cerebral palsy less than 2-years of age; and (4) Had an opportunity to critically analyse the barriers to implementation of these international guidelines and identification of knowledge translation solutions to overcome these barriers tailored to their local context.

Concurrent Workshop 2.
Connecting hospital & the home to improve sleep for children with CP | Katherine Langdon
This workshop will present a summary of current literature on sleep and including results of clinical research being undertaken by members of this team in the field. Clinical case vignettes will be used to illustrate key points where multidisciplinary assessment and management is required to provide effective and holistic management. The contribution of behavior, pain, nutrition, epilepsy, visual disturbance, respiratory problems, as well as the importance of positioning for sleep, will be considered in depth. An overview of research into the consequences of poor sleep on children with CP, noting the significant relationships to quality of life, functioning, participation and the effect on mental health of the child and other family members, will be discussed. 

Concurrent Workshop 3.
Application of Miyoga, a mindfulness yoga program, for children with CP | Catherine Mak
This workshop aims to educate therapists and clinicians on the benefits of yoga and mindfulness for children with disabilities, especially cerebral palsy, based on current literature. In addition, it aims to provide participants an opportunity to experience the application of yoga and mindfulness in therapy. The workshop content includes a brief summary of current literature highlighting the benefits of yoga and mindfulness and how these are relevant for children with cerebral palsy. It will discuss the development of the MiYoga program and provide participants the opportunity to experience some of the mindfulness and yoga techniques in the program. There will be small group activities that will allow participants to apply some of the techniques and learn how to adapt traditional yoga postures for different children with cerebral palsy.

Concurrent Workshop 4.
Evidence based strategies for supporting social media use to enhance social networks in young people with disabilities |  Pammi Raghavendra
Being online and connecting with peers, friends and family on social media is central to young people’s lives today. Young people with disabilities are shown to have reduced social networks, and social media use may be a way to enhance their social networks without prejudice and/or time pressure. This interactive workshop will share outcomes from two completed research projects investigating the benefits of facilitating social participation through social media use in 35 young people, between 10 and 21 years of age with autism spectrum disorders, acquired brain injury or intellectual or physical disabilities. 

Concurrent Workshop 5.
Patient-specific modelling: incorporating advances in medical imaging to better inform musculoskeletal models |

Christopher Carty
The workshop will be divided into four sections, each followed by an opportunity for questions. Items to be covered include EOS, MRI, freehand 3D ultrasound and patient specific modelling. The main learning objectives of this workshop are to communicate to the broader clinical community the latest advances in musculoskeletal modelling for children with movement disorders and to discuss the clinical utility of musculoskeletal modelling. 

Concurrent Workshop 6.
Paralympic sport – everything a therapist should know | Sean Tweedy

Friday 1 April 2016 | 1.15pm - 2.45pm  

Concurrent Workshop 7.
Musculoskeletal health in CP: the impact of what we do today on future outcomes? | Pam Thomason
The majority of important musculoskeletal health outcomes are not evident until skeletal maturity. This course will focus on the spectrum of musculoskeletal health issues in children, adolescents and young adults with cerebral palsy (CP). Short term studies of orthopaedic surgery are limited in their ability to predict even medium term musculoskeletal outcomes: In this workshop, long term outcomes of hip, spine, and lower limb musculoskeletal issues will be presented and discussed. 

Concurrent Workshop 8.
Systematic lower limb orthotic recommendations for children with CP using motion analysis with segmented foot model verification | Michael deLacy
The workshop will have four sections as follows: (1) A review of the foot rocker sequence, the importance of joint position relative to the ground reaction force, and an overview of the functional role(s) of orthoses during gait for children with cerebral palsy. (2) A video demonstration of clinical foot and ankle positional measures undertaken by an experienced physiotherapist in a clinical gait analysis laboratory. (3) An interactive gait analysis session using the Edinburgh Visual Gait Score that will demonstrate techniques that can be used without 3DGA to undertake a systematic approach to orthotic recommendation and (4) participants will be provided guidance (and verification of visual gait analysis findings using 3DGA including foot model data) from the workshop leaders to develop a systematic decision making process as they discuss two different case studies involving children with cerebral palsy with different orthotic needs. 

Concurrent Workshop 9.
Apartment block theory: a framework for treating the tactile system when you can’t open the door | Megan Auld
You are outside an apartment block, trying to get to the eighth floor, but the buzzer at the front door isn’t working –how do you get in? Tactile impairment of the upper limb is a lot like this: stimuli at the hands needing to “get through the door” to be accurately perceived. This workshop aims to give therapists a simple framework to think about what they are currently doing, what the literature says and how to develop tactile treatments that “open the door” based on thorough assessment principles.

Concurrent Workshop 10.
Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn: new guidelines, technologies and evidence in CP early intervention | Cathy Morgan
A new international clinical guideline has been developed to aid in early detection of cerebral palsy, using tools such as the General Movements Assessment, MRI and Hammersmith Infant Neurological Examination, enabling a high risk diagnosis as early as 3 months of age. This workshop will present findings from the new international clinical guideline, systematic reviews and meta-analyses and new randomised controlled trial applying motor learning and enrichment strategies in infants with cerebral palsy. The intervention includes intensive child-active motor skill training, enriched play environments that involve technology, and parent education.

Concurrent Workshop 11.
Improving saliva control - an update on assessment and management | Dinah Reddihough
Poor saliva control is a significant problem for young people with cerebral palsy and other neurological conditions. Clinicians frequently classify it into anterior and posterior drooling. Anterior drooling is problematic as the secretions damage books, clothing and equipment. It also results in poor self-esteem and impedes successful integration into home, school and community life. Posterior drooling may cause distressing cough and aspiration of secretions and can be particularly troublesome at night. The assessment and management of poor saliva control requires a multidisciplinary approach with input from a speech pathologist, a dentist, a physician and a surgeon. The hierarchical approach that has been developed by our team will be discussed with the benefits and limitations of each of the current treatment strategies. 

Concurrent Workshop 12.
State of the clinical science of MRI brain imaging in children with CP | Roslyn Boyd
This international team group will provide an update on their development and utility of the semi-quantitative structural MRI scale (Fiori et al.) for evaluating brain lesion severity in children with CP.

Friday 1 April 2016 | 3.15pm - 4.45pm  

Concurrent Workshop 13.
Introduction to cognitive orientation to daily occupational performance: a new task-specific motor intervention for CP |  Michelle Jackman
Delegates who complete this interactive workshop will go away with the following knowledge: (1) Principles of CO-OP and how CO-OP differs from other task-specific training approaches; (2) Application of CO-OP for children with cerebral palsy; (3) How to harness motivation and enhance engagement throughout the CO-OP process; (4) An individual plan for translating new knowledge learnt during the workshop into the delegate’s own clinical practice.

Concurrent Workshop 14.
Hip health for life: effective management of hip displacement in CP | Kate Willoughby
This workshop will focus on the practical application of evidence for the surveillance and management of hip displacement in CP with the goal of achieving good ‘hip health’ beyond adolescence and throughout adulthood. An overview of management of the hip across the lifespan will be explored, including evidence for non-surgical and surgical approaches, and will assist participants to navigate the challenges of developing and implementing management algorithms. Early experiences from current studies of hip management will be shared, including a local randomised clinical trial and an international, multi-centre cohort study.

Concurrent Workshop 15.
Supporting parents of children with disabilities well: simple strategies | Koa Whittingham

This workshop will be highly practical. The focus will be on learning simple and practical strategies to better support parents in your own clinical work. This workshop explores parental distress from a perspective of grief and loss and outlines practical solutions to better supporting parents drawing from contextual behavioural science including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Concurrent Workshop 16.
Very early brain structure and function in infants born preterm: state of the science | Roslyn Boyd
This multidisciplinary team will provide an update on the state of the clinical research into very early brain development in infants born very preterm.  

Concurrent Workshop 17.
Parents of children with CP: what do they want you to know? | Vivki Cavalieros
Parents of children with CP will present their experiences of the health care system and what they want their clinicians to know via pre-recorded video. These video case studies will be followed by the workshop chairperson facilitating discussions between the workshop presenters and the audience. Tess Karambelas will present “The Top 5 challenges of growing up with CP from the perspective of a young adult who has recently graduated from paediatric care.” Tess is one semester away from completing a Bachelor of Social Work degree at RMIT University. Tess has cerebral palsy GMFCS Level IV and has been supported by the CPSN since its inception.

Concurrent Workshop 18.
The Australian CP register: new findings and emerging controversies | Sarah McIntyre
This workshop will include an overview of the latest findings from the Australian CP Register Group describing changes in the profile of CP in Australia 1993-2009, due to be published in early 2016. Participants will discuss what further CP register information would be most useful to them. Arguments will be presented concerning the inclusion of hypotonia as the sole motor impairment, minimal motor impairment without motor functional deficits and post-neonatally acquired cerebral injury resulting in permanent motor impairment which may overlap with acquired brain injury. Participants will discuss issues around using the CP label in these cases.

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