6th Oct: World CP Day 24hr Listening and Sharing session

6th Oct: World CP Day 24hr Listening and Sharing session

15th September, 2021

Diagnosis vs Functional Thinking

What is this 24-hour session about?

By focusing only on diagnosis, we may be missing vital information which we ordinarily think about as clinicians of any sort when we are asked to work with a child and families. We have a long tradition of thinking diagnostically and functionally (or categorically). The idea of focusing just on diagnosis or function is clearly a limitation and we believe we need to expand our thinking.

This 24-hour session provides an opportunity for health professionals working in the field of childhood disability, parents and experiential experts across the globe to come together and ask one another “How can we best benefit from combining two approaches (Functional and Diagnosis thinking)? What are we missing?” “(How) can we integrate and expand both approaches in order to cover topics like bodily functions, mental wellbeing, meaning, quality of life, participating, daily functioning, psychological, social, pedagogical and spiritual aspects?”

Contact  IAACD to join the Listening and Sharing Group email

Download a document with links to other sessions around the world here.

Join the AusACPDM session!

Wednesday 6th October 2021 at 4.30pm Australian EST

Topic information: This session will be held on World Cerebral Palsy Day and will involve a panel of health professionals and consumers discussing “diagnosis vs functional thinking” in how we promote excellence in clinical care and research for children and adults with cerebral palsy and developmental conditions.

Speakers: Professor Christine Imms (Occupational Therapist and Apex Chair of Neurodevelopment Disability, MCRI & Uni Melbourne)

Dr Mary-Clare Waugh (Paediatric Rehabilitation Physician, Children’s Hospital Westmead)

Dr Gordon Baike (Paediatrician, Royal Children’s Hospital)

John Carey (Physiotherapist, PhD Candidate Uni Melbourne)

The session will be facilitated by: Professor Alicia Spittle

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