First Pan-Slavic Congress of Child Neurology took place at beautiful Alpine lake Bled in Slovenia on 5-8 September 2012.
Scientific sessions of the Congress and pre-congress symposium brought together leading experts from many Slavic countries (Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Slovenia, Poland, Croatia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Bosnia and Herzegovina), as well as from the U.S., Germany, Belgium, Italy, Hungary and Israel.
Important issues of child neurology, in particular, multiple sclerosis, headache, stroke in children, epilepsy, neonatal neurology, neurometabolic disease, autism, and other problems have been discussed during the congress.
Movement disorders in children, including cerebral palsy, which is a leading cause of childhood disability got much attention.
A separate pre-congress symposium was dedicated to the innovative treatment approach – Intensive Neurophysiological Rehabilitation System. It generated considerable interest among professionals working with Cerebral Palsy, as well as parents.
A memorandum of understanding and cooperation between health professionals from Slavic countries has been adopted during the Congress.
Emphasis was placed on the introduction of new effective methods of rehabilitation treatment. Recommended to continue the study of Intensive Neurophysiological Rehabilitation System and spread the experience of its use in various medical institutions through educational workshops.
International scales for assessment of patients with Cerebral Palsy with proven validity and reliability, in particular Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS), Manual Ability Classification System (MACS); Gross Motor Function Measurement (GMFM) should be translated to different Slavic languages and implemented into daily routine.
Congress focused on the broad involvement of children and their parents in the rehabilitation team and the need to foster parent organizations and committees, which is a powerful incentive to improve rehabilitation services for children.