International Academy for Child Brain

Development A group of professionals from a variety of disciplines including physicians, psy chologists, and anthropologists who are interested in the physical and psychological processes involved in child brain development. The group seeks to gain recognition of the study of child brain development and establish criteria for child brain developmentalists. The group conducts research, offers courses in child brain development, and bestows awards.

Founded in 1985, the group sponsors an annual convention during the last week in November and publishes Journal for Child Brain Development.

International League Against Epilepsy A group of national organizations united to encourage scientific research on epilepsy and to promote optimal treatment and rehabilitation. The league fosters the development of and cooperation among associations with common interests. Founded in 1909, the group publishes a bimonthly journal.

International Rett Syndrome Association A support group for parents of children with rett syndrome, professionals, and others interested in Rett syndrome, a disorder affecting girls who seem normal up until ages seven months to 18 months, when autistic-like withdrawal sets in. Although this symptom eases in time, higher brain functions continue to deteriorate, leading to severe mental RETARDATION.

The association provides support to parents, encourages research, collects and disseminates information, helps identify Rett syndrome patients, and conducts activities aimed at the prevention, treatment, and eventual eradication of the condition.

Founded in 1985, the association has 1,500 members and publishes a quarterly newsletter and informational brochures. (For contact information, see Appendix I.)

intussusception A problem with the intestine in which one portion of the bowel slips into the next like a collapsible tube, blocking the intestine so that the walls of the bowel press against one another. This can lead to inflammation, swelling, and loss of blood to the intestines. The condition can occur in children between three months and six years of age, although most cases happen

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