Dr. Denise Challis

Clinical Training a Focus in May and June

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China-US Pediatric Rehabilitation Forum
Over a hundred general and developmental-behavioral pediatricians, pediatric therapists, and pediatric researchers attended a China-US Pediatric Rehabilitation Forum on May 11 and 12 at Kunming LIH SkyCity Training Center. Attendees engaged in dialogue, formal training, and demonstration and clinical observation to improve the quality of pediatric rehabilitation services in Yunnan province.

LIH Healthcare invited Dr. Chuck Dietzen, Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, Riley Children’s Hospital, Indiana University School of Medicine; Dr. Francisco Angulo Parker, a well-known pediatric rehabilitation medicine doctor; Dr. Fengyi Kuo, Clinical Manager at Kunming LIH SkyCity Hospital and LIH Healthcare Occupational Therapy Lead; Dr. Ao Lijuan of Kunming Medical University, Vice President of Rehabilitation College; and Ms. Liu Yun, Director of Kunming Children’s Hospital, Rehabilitation Department.

Presenters and attendees discussed together on children’s rehabilitation, weight management in children, children with brain damage, spasm management for children with cerebral palsy, and prosthetics. Advanced techniques and skills were demonstrated through case study, demonstration, and clinical observation.

GDS-C Training Participants in Beijing

GDS-C Training Participants in Beijing

Griffiths Certification Training
Certification training for the Griffiths Developmental Scales-Chinese (GDS-C) was held on 17 May at Kunming LIH SkyCity Hospital and on 24 May at LIH Olivia’s Place Beijing. Over 40 pediatric professionals were certified through this 3-day intensive training, which followed strict ARICD standards.

The training addresses not only theory but also practical skills. In order to be certified, each trainee is asked to test a child under supervision. Training for the Griffiths assessments (GDS-C, GDMS-2) is standardized across countries, which is one of the reasons that the Griffiths assessments have become known as a gold standard in developmental assessment.

Dr. Denise Challis with the GDS-C.

Dr. Denise Challis with the GDS-C.

As the key instructor, Dr. Challis, the former president of ARICD, highly praised this training, and is confident in further development of Griffiths assessments in China. She stated that LIH Healthcare is a reliable partner with an understanding of the depth of the training program and rich clinical experience; making it uniquely qualified as the exclusive distributor the of the Griffiths assessments in Greater China.

Griffiths training will be offered again in the latter half of 2017 across multiple cities in China, including Shanghai and Shenzhen. For more information, please contact Jingyi Wu, LIH Healthcare Training Specialist, jingyi.wu@lih-healthcare.com.

Distinguished presenters at the Chronic Pain Management Summit

Distinguished presenters at the Chronic Pain Management Summit

Chronic Pain Management and Rehabilitation Summit
On 3-4 June, leading Chinese American rehabilitation experts, the present chief of the American Association of Chinese Rehabilitation Physicians (AACRP), Dr. Hong Wu; and Dr. Gloria Liu, clinical assistant professor at Duke University, and Dr. Ao Lijun of Kunming Medical University visited Kunming LIH SkyCity Hospital for a Chronic Pain Management and Rehabilitation Summit. The event covered various topics including evidence-based management of chronic low back pain and current guidelines, application of type A botulinum toxin in clinical management of neuropathic pain, and cervical and thoracic pain management. In addition to discussions, case study, demonstration and practice workshops, special international outpatient services were delivered to the local Kunming community.


Workshop on Spasm Management for Children with CP
Professor Heakyung Kim from the Rehabilitation Medicine and Pediatrics department of Columbia University Medical Center and Dr. Ao Lijuan, the vice president of Kunming Medical University, Rehabilitation College, were invited to present a workshop event including presentation and clinical demonstration on the the topic of spasm management for children with cerebral palsy, including botulism toxin injection. The training was held on 11 June at Kunming LIH SkyCity Hospital. In addition, Dr. Kim provided consultation to patients in the hospital’s outpatient service on 12-13.

LIH Healthcare Supports High Quality Assessment for Chinese Children through GDS-C

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GDS SH 1 The first Griffiths Development Scales-Chinese Language Edition certification class organized by LIH Healthcare together with ARICD, was launched at Shanghai LIH Olivia’s Place from February 15-17, 2017.

The training included 12 pediatricians and therapists from LIH Olivia’s Place clinics in Shanghai, Beijing, and Shenzhen, as well as 4 pediatricians from two hospitals in Shanxi Province. Dr. Denise Challis, the former Chair of the Association for Research in Infant and Child Development (ARICD), and Dr. Becci Dow, Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Manager of LIH Olivia’s Place Shanghai were the instructors for the course. Dr. Fengyi Kuo, Occupational Therapist and Therapy Manager at Kunming LIH SkyCity Hospital, provided support with Chinese translation.

GDS SH 3Participants’ assessment skills were greatly improved through structured lectures combined with case discussions, practical demonstration, and real case evaluation. Twelve of the participants passed and obtained Griffiths Registered User certification granted by ARICD.

The Griffiths Development Scales-Chinese Language Edition (GDS-C0 is adapted from the Griffiths Mental Development Scales – Second Edition (GMDS-2), originally published in English in 2006 by ARICD. The GDS-C is used for children from China aged 0-8 years. The standardization process was undertaken from 2009 to 2013 and involved 7 different locations across China. Clinical research results show that the GDS-C can effectively evaluate Chinese children’s motor function, learning difficulties, congenital mental development status and developmental disorder, vision problems, autism, degree of premature birth, and social/emotional development skills.

LIH Healthcare was officially authorized by ARICD, the copyright owner of the Griffiths Mental Development Scales and the international publisher Hogrefe in January 2016 to be the only sales, customer service, and training/certification provider in mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau. LIH Healthcare together with ARICD will also be responsible for bringing the GDS-C into wider use in greater China. To this end, LIH Healthcare will hold another four GDS-C training courses in 2017 in Kunming, Beijing, Shenzhen, and Shanghai in May and October. For more information about the GDS-C or to inquire about the training schedule and required qualifications, please contact LiQun, LIH Healthcare Sr. Training Manager , at qin.li@lih-healthcare.com.