The AACPDM Logo
The current AACPDM logo use started in 2014, and while that has not been that many years ago, there are still some remnants of the discussion and strategy that help inform the direction of this amazing Academy.
The original AACPDM logo was commissioned by Dr. E. William Schmitt, MD in the late 1970's. He was an Emory based pediatric orthopedist, the Chair and sole member of the Membership Committee, as well as a member of the Board of Directors. The Board was aware that while many people attended the annual meeting, few were actually signing up for membership in the AACPDM. After discussion, it was felt that the organization needed more of an identity, and the logo was one of the first steps undertaken to contribute to that identity. He commissioned the graphic artists at Emory to come up with several choices, then traveled from Atlanta to Washington to present it to the leaders of the AACPDM, and eventually to the Board who chose the final version. It was digitized in the early 1990s in association with the new website, also a one-person operation in the beginning.
Dr. Rich Stevenson recalls trying to update the logo years before it finally happened. That effort met with failure as the leadership was not able to agree on something fresh, interesting and representative. So, when Dr. Maureen O’Donnell started the successful effort, the Board entered into a deliberate process. The process included the selection of the company to do the work, and sharing details of our organization for the creative team to incorporate into the design.
Several past Presidents offered praise to former Executive Director, Tracy Burr, for working with the leadership to navigate the logo redesign discussion. Tracy Burr was AACPDM’s Executive Director for 14 years, and she passed away on February 4, 2020 after a courageous battle with cancer. In the words of one board member, “Tracy was part of our family and shared our mission.” She is sorely missed.
All Past-Presidents contacted agreed that the decision to move to a new logo was not taken lightly, and a lot of provocative thought and conversation went into the new design. Several people admitted to liking the former logo better, but offering that the new logo has grown on them and now that symbolizes our Academy.
What does the logo mean?
Is the logo a pinwheel or a flower? It was designed to resemble both. The pinwheel appearance was intentional. The challenge came from a past president to do a quick internet search of what a pinwheel represents. If you do, you will see that a pinwheel is a childhood symbol – it represents a time when things were simple and natural. The resemblance to a flower explored the idea of growth through a blossoming flower. The metaphor is strong for audiences as it relates to the growing field of research, or the progress made by a patient. Regardless of pinwheel or flower, the forms for the patterns were extracted from the letters “c” and “p” for Cerebral Palsy.
The colors represent the different strategies of the AACPDM - one color for each strategy, and also to represent diversity. The colors drew from seven dominant themes found within the strategic plan and mission. The following are the concepts used in the identity: research, collaboration, multidisciplinary, childhood, support, and growth. Additionally, the colors are also intended to communicate community, collaboration, and hope.
The logo was first introduced when Richard Stevenson was President. A design firm was hired around 2012. Even though he wasn’t President, Dr. Hank Chambers helped connect the board with the designer and provided leadership through the process. The leadership looked at candidate logos in 2013 and decided on the winning logo in early 2014. The board approved the development of lapel pins, stationary and other items by the mid-year meeting 2014 and then distributed widely at the 68th Annual Meeting, entitled, “To Boldly Go . . . !” The AACPDM often touts that it is an Academy like no other, and that the team-work mindset of the members makes this a special organization. That is very true, and the Past-Presidents and other leaders often continue to provide invaluable advice, guidance and insights from behind the scenes. The logo journey was no different.
Dr. Maureen O’Donnell fondly remembered the discussions regarding the modernization of the logo. The conversation started after the development of the new strategic plan at the time and was intended to signal new beginnings with the AACPDM. She stated, “The pinwheel symbolizes many parts coming together to create energy - something we do as an Academy from different professions, different backgrounds, different countries and for different populations with disabilities. The colors convey life, vitality, optimism, and demonstrate a readiness to transform inertia to energy. All things we feel and know of our dear AACPDM.”
You can read about the “New Identity” in a 2014 newsletter here https://www.aacpdm.org/enewsletter/2014/08/
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Complex Care Committee
Goals achieved this year include:
Our next very large task is to analyze the membership data and put it into context, then begin to devise a long-term membership retention and recruitment plan.
Lastly, the Membership committee continues to work toward having a roster that reflects the diversity of the AACPDM overall and are now actively trying to recruit members from the nursing, physician assistant, orthotic, neurology and surgery professions. If you read this and fall into one of those categories, please contact us! We need you.
A key mission of the Academy is to promote excellence in research for the benefit of persons with cerebral palsy and childhood-onset disabilities. One way in which the Academy promotes research is through the annual Research Grants. This year AACPDM partnered with the Pedal with Pete Foundation, the Center for Progress and the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation to fund multiple grants, up to $25,000 USD each!
Research grant funding supports high-quality, clinical research projects/programs. The Principal Investigator on the grant must be an AACPDM member in good standing. Only one grant application per member will be considered in a given budget year. Thank you to all those who have submitted and continue to make this a robust and competitive opportunity!
Funding by the Pedal with Pete Foundation supported the grant, “Supported Mobility Across the Lifespan in Cerebral Palsy: Joint Decision Making,” from the lead researcher Kristie F. Bjornson, PT, PhD, MS. The study documents important issues related to supported mobility devices (SMD) in children and adults with cerebral palsy (CP). Structured interviews documented that SMD can be liberating as well as restricting, are needed across the lifespan, SMD needs are ever changing and process of obtaining an area for future collaborative work with all key stakeholders.
AACPDM SIGS – Specially for you!
The Adults and Aging SIG met virtually on June 23 and were treated to a wonderful talk by Dr. Anne Berndl, the director of the Accessible Care Pregnancy Clinic at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Berndl reviewed a number of the unique needs of individuals with physical disabilities as they navigate pregnancy, and shared her experiences with developing and running the Accessible Care Pregnancy Clinic with a strong focus on family centered care. We also heard about the health care needs of adolescents and adults with Spina Bifida from MSc Candidate, Jessica Starowicz. Our next SIG meeting will be held virtually during the AACPDM’s annual meeting in October, and we’re hoping to see many of you there! We’re recruiting leaders and participants for a number of different breakout sessions focusing on different elements of caring for adults, and would love to hear from you about what you might like to participate in. Please consider filling out the survey found at the link below:
It is with sadness that I inform you that Robert K. Rosenthal passed away on Thursday February 25th in Sarasota, Florida after a short illness.
Dr. Rosenthal, or “Rosy” to those who knew him well at Boston Children’s Hospital was a wonderful colleague, mentor and friend. He was always willing to teach and his kind and gentle demeanor put both patients and colleagues at ease.
Dr. Rosenthal graduated from Tufts University Medical School and after an internship at New England Medical Center, he entered the US Air Force, serving our country for two years. Upon return he completed his Orthopaedic Surgery residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital in NJ and fellowship training at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. He then returned to Boston to begin his career at Boston Children’s Hospital. In 1972 he started as the United Cerebral Palsy Clinical Fellow and spent the next 45 years treating children and families with cerebral palsy and neuromuscular conditions.
Dr. Rosenthal was instrumental in starting the Cerebral Palsy clinic at Boston Children’s Hospital. He worked with enthusiasm, tireless energy and was passionate about educating residents and fellows in the care of children with Cerebral Palsy. He was a member of many pediatric orthopedic national organizations but he was most proud of his work for the AACPDM, where he served as committee chair, Treasurer, Vice President and President (1993-1996). He was an active Past President and was seen at most annual meetings.
He was generous with his time and philanthropy, serving on the Endowment Committee of the AACPDM and creating an endowment fund for the Robert K. Rosenthal Lectureship at BCH during our annual multi-discipline CP educational conference. However, his deepest passion was his family. He was married to Esther his wife for 60 years. Their children Geoffrey, Emily and Jocelyn, along with their spouses and children will miss him dearly.
Bob will be remembered for his smile, his generosity, his friendship and his vision to improve the care of children with Cerebral Palsy. The AACPDM extends condolences to Esther and the entire extended Rosenthal family.
Written by Benjamin Shore MD MPH FRCSC - Mentee and Friend to Dr. Rosenthal
AACPDM Board Announces The Return of the Webmaster!
Dr. Sees has been an active member of the AACPDM since 2013 as a presenter of Scientific Papers, Instructional Course Lectures, Symposia and/or Breakfast Sessions. She proudly serves the Academy on the Awards Committee as a member (2014-present), and this year as the 75th Anniversary Meeting Scientific Program Co-Chair (2020-21).
The research and educational efforts of Dr. Sees has focused on outcome studies of neuro-orthopaedics and developmental disorders, motion analysis and gait abnormalities, neuroscience academics, physician professional development, emerging leadership in health and medicine, graduate medical education excellence, and clinician resilience and well-being with national and international scholarly leaders and medical professionals.
The volunteer role of Webmaster has historically been a position appointed by the AACPDM President. The webmaster will be responsible for the content and all the information that goes into the website. The voluntary role was phased out of the Academy more than ten years ago, but the Board of Directors requested another Webmaster who will be a volunteer from the membership to keep up with the website needs. The Webmaster works in cooperation with the AACPDM Communications Manager and other staff on the project.
Welcome Dr. Sees!
Mac Keith DMCN Member Webinar
On June 22, 2021 AACPDM held the first ever, Member’s Only, free informational webinar highlighting the many benefits and features of AACPDM’s official journal, Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology.
To view the webinar, or to access the newly added Frequently Asked Questions section, please log-in to the AACPDM website under the “Member Login” option at the top of the homepage www.aacpdm.org. Once in your account, you will see a screen that highlights the webinar and the FAQ’s.
The webinar provides information on how to make the most of your DMCN access by setting up content alerts, reading virtual issues, view podcasts, and the various types of articles available.
Mac Keith Press Update
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Mac Keith Press Forthcoming Book: Gross Motor Function Measure (GMFM-66 & GMFM-88) User’s Manual 3rd Edition
The third edition of the Gross Motor Function Measure (GMFM-66 & GMFM-88) User’s Manual has retained the information contained in the original 2002 and 2013 publications which included the conceptual background to the development of the GMFM, and the administration and scoring guidelines for people to be able to administer this clinical and research assessment tool appropriately. This includes information on the development and validation of two abbreviated methods of estimating GMFM-66 scores using the GMFM-66- Item sets (GMFM-66- IS) and the GMFM-66- B&C (Basal & Ceiling) and a chapter providing a longitudinal case illustration of how the measure and the short forms of the GMFM can be applied and interpreted in clinical practice.
The new edition includes information and an Appendix on the updated version of the Gross Motor Ability Estimator scoring program (GMAE-3), which is available through the GMFM App+ (see the CanChild website at (https://www.canchild.ca/en/shop/38-the-gross-motor-function-measure-app).
Mac Keith Press Featured Book: Participation: Optimising Outcomes in Childhood-Onset Neurodisability
This unique book focuses on enabling children and young people with neurodisability to participate in the varied life situations that form their personal, familial and cultural worlds. The book provides the reader with knowledge about the concept of participation, the interplay between context and outcome, how to measure and promote meaningful participation, and discourse on future directions and challenges.
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Newly Published: Early Detection and Early Intervention in Developmental Motor Disorders
The book provides a comprehensive overview of assessments and interventions applied in young children with or at high risk for developmental motor disorders. It provides an evidence-based practical guide for health professionals working in the field of early detection and early intervention.
Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology
Nintendo Wii Balance Board therapy for postural control in children with cerebral palsy: a systematic review and meta-analysis by Montoro-Cárdenas et al.
This systematic review reveals therapy based on the Nintendo® Wii Balance Board can help improve balance in children with cerebral palsy. When discussing the paper, corresponding author Esteban Obrero-Gaitán said: “virtual reality-based rehabilitation using Nintendo® Wii is considered a multi-sensory and active therapy that encourages the child’s participation, increasing motivation and adherence to therapy due to its playful nature. It is a low cost tool that can be used at home for therapeutic purposes, a fact that is of great relevance during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Quality appraisal of systematic reviews of interventions for children with cerebral palsy reveals critically low confidence by Kolaski et al.
This paper evaluates the methodological quality of recent systematic reviews of interventions for children with cerebral palsy in order to determine the level of confidence in the reviews’ conclusions. The authors findings are concerning, as few reviews are considered reliable according to AMSTAR-2.
Sleep problems in children with cerebral palsy and their parents by Hulst et al.
The importance of good quality sleep for optimal child health and development is increasingly recognized. The authors of this paper compare sleep outcomes of children with cerebral palsy and typically developing peers, and call for sleep assessment to be integrated into routine paediatric health care practice.
Check out more on the DMCN homepage and the very latest releases on Early View.
Neurodevelopmental Profiles of Children with Unilateral Cerebral Palsy | Fehlings | DMCN
Cerebral Palsy in Twins and Higher Multiple Births | Sellier & Smithers-Sheedy | DMCN
Hand Function and Self-Care in Children with Cerebral Palsy | Burgess | DMCN
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Letter From the Editor
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