First IDP Congress: Addressing Difficulties in Early Childhood Development

Published April 7, 2015

Commemorating December 3rd the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, on 2-5th December 2015 the first International Developmental Pediatrics (IDP) Congress is held in Istanbul, Turkey, organized by the Developmental Pediatrics Association (Gelişimsel Pediatri Derneği) in Turkey and Ankara University.

Millions of children around the world are unable to develop to their full potential unlike their peers growing up in more supportive environments. The IDP Congress is a platform that will bring together clinicians, researchers and policy makers working in the field of developmental pediatrics from around the world to address this inequity.

The IDP Congress will be held every two years in a low or middle-income country. The theme for this first IDP Congress is “AD-ECD: Addressing Difficulties in Early Childhood Development.” Numerous presentations, panel discussions, workshops and research presentations will be hosted from a multitude of countries. The launch of the first internationally developed method to monitor child development, the “International Guide for Monitoring Child Development (IGMCD)” will take place during the Congress with IGMCD courses provided in English, Russian, Spanish and Turkish.

The IDP Congress aims at exchanging, sharing and discussing recent information, experiences, visions and passions of professionals from a multitude of disciplines including pediatrics, family medicine, public health, child mental health, physical medicine and rehabilitation, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, child development and education, early intervention, special education, social services and other specialists working to support children and their families. More information can be found on the IDP Congress website.