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Rehabilitation for The Disabled


As part of the monthly scientific meetings realised by ELEPAP’s Thessaloniki branch, its scientific staff and therapists attended the following lectures:
Thes-Epist3a•  On Monday 29/1, a lecture by Dr. Vaios Dafoulis, Child Psychiatrist, Director of the Child Psychiatric Clinic of Ippokrateio General Hospital of Thessaloniki, entitled: “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity – Impulsivity Disorder” This is the most common neuro-developmental disorder of childhood, manifesting through hyperactivity-impulsivity symptoms at pre-school ages and thereafter through attention deficit symptoms. The treatment design includes special instruction and behavioural therapies, individual psychotherapy, parent counselling and psycho-education and special speech therapy, occupational therapy for concomitant conditions e.g. development speech disorders from pre-schoolers onwards.

Thes-Epist3b•  On Tuesday 13/2, Maria Tarasoudi, Msc Neurodevelopmental Optometrist.
    Ms. Tarasoudi spoke about the importance of vision in the normal development of children and through an interactive presentation explained the manner
in which visual skills develop through games; vision dysfunctions and the manner in which children’s daily difficulties or behaviour manifest and the resulting need for interdisciplinary collaboration between rehabilitation specialists.
•  On Wednesday 6/12, the presentation of the Associate Professor of Paediatric Rheumatology of the 1st Paediatric Clinic of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Ms. Maria Trachana entitled “The modern profile of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis” the most common rheumatoid disease in children and one of the most important causes of motor disability in childhood.
Thes-Epist3c•  On Thursday 14/12 the lecture entitled “Respiratory problems in children with neuromuscular diseases”, by paediatrician Ms. Elpida Chatziagorou, Associate Professor of Paediatrics – Pulmonology, 3rd Paediatric Clinic of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Ippokrateio General Hospital. Mrs. Chatziagorou underscored that children with neuro-developmental disorders often present with chronic or recurring respiratory problems from various causes such as hypotonia, aspiration, insufficient cough, upper airway obstruction and progressive kyphoscoliosis. Diagnosis and therapeutic approach should be multidisciplinary, with the aim of enhancing the children’s quality of life.