The various challenges associated with cerebral palsy (CP) and ways to manage them were highlighted at the 2019 National Cerebral Palsy Conference hosted by Forest Town School and the National Association for People with Cerebral Palsy (NAPCP).
The conference took place from Monday, May 27 to Wednesday, May 29 at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.
Delegates had the opportunity to listen to and engage with experts on a number of issues concerning individuals with CP and their families, including teaching children with disabilities to read, living independently with CP, ageing with CP, behaviour management in children with CP, and mental health in disabilities.
All the presentations were delivered by authorities in their respective fields, with physiotherapists, educators, psychologists, social workers and occupational therapists sharing their knowledge to improve the lives of people, including children, with CP.
Some students were given the opportunity to display posters that showcase their research and give the delegates a brief explanation of their work.
A key theme in many of the student works was the importance of including the caregiver or parent in therapy sessions.
There was also an opportunity for delegates to engage with a handful of exhibitors at the conference. SA Toy Trade exhibited its range of unique toys for children with disabilities, while Ability Assist had various adapted devices, such as cutlery, on display.
Keep an eye on future newsletters for more information about presentations that were offered at the conference.