We welcome your participation in the 5th International Conference on “Child Health, Development and Welfare” in Jerusalem, Israel on December 02-04, 2019, as a delegate or as a presenter.

If you have relevant new and important research to share with the scientific and clinical communities (either as an oral presentation, symposium, workshop or as a poster), we encourage you to submit an abstract forthwith.

Please, read the instructions CAREFULLY before submitting your abstract.

Abstract submission instructions:

Deadline for submission of abstracts:  July 31, 2019 or before (please do not wait until the last minute to submit)

Submit your abstract in Microsoft Word format (.doc, docx).

  • The presenter’s name must be underlined
  • Abstracts are to be written in English only. All presentations will be in the English language.
  • Authors’ names should be provided in the format: Hillary Clinton, Donald John Trump and XXXX. Do not add Dr, Prof, Mr., Mrs., degrees
  • The title should have a maximum of 150 characters.
  • Affiliations should be included in line 1. If authors’ affiliations are different, you should indicate them filling 2, 3, and 4 lines.
  • The presenting author’s name and email address must be included and marked as “presenter” by underlining the name.
  • The abstract should have a maximum of 350 words.
  • Indicate at the bottom of the abstract whether the abstract is intended for oral or poster presentation or either, or as a workshop proposal.
  • The abstract for oral and poster presentations should be structured using the following headings: Keywords (up to five), Objective, Methods, Results and Conclusions (see example below).

The abstract should be as informative as possible, including statistical evaluation. Statements such as “results will be discussed” or “data will be presented” are not acceptable. Do not include tables, photographs, figures or references in your abstracts. You can include a one-paragraph bio of yourself with the abstract submission on a separate page, if you wish to do so. While you can submit multiple abstracts, only one presentation per presenter will be allowed, as there is significant pressure on time. Incomplete Submissions without the required materials will not be processed.


Submission of abstracts: Abstracts for the conference should be submitted directly to professor Joav Merrick responsible for all abstracts for this conference, at email [email protected]

Confirmation of abstracts received

You will be notified via e-mail to confirm that your abstract has been received with a number that you must use in further correspondence with the conference secretariat or committee.

If you do not receive a confirmation within two weeks please contact the conference Secretariat. The Scientific Committee will assign referees to review abstracts and within reasonable time you will be notified if your abstract was accepted for presentation in the conference and in which format. If you did not receive the notification please check with our office.

Abstract example

Supporting early interaction behaviors through movement pattern analysis in children who are congenitally deaf-blind

Ivana Macokatic and Ana Katušic

Day-care Centre for Rehabilitation Mali dom-Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia and Croatian Institute for Brain Research, Centre of Excellence for Basic, Clinical and Translational Neuroscience, University of Zagreb, School of Medicine, Croatia

Email: [email protected]

Keywords: Early interaction, movement pattern analysis, congenitally deaf-blind children, communication

Objective: Early interaction behaviors with congenitally deaf-blind children are mostly supported by touch and proprioception. Both these qualities are essential elements of movements. In order to develop communication features such as turn taking, joint attention and dialogue it is important to identify movement patterns and qualities in children with deaf-blindness. The goal of this study is to investigate the development of early interaction behaviors in deaf-blind children in dance movement therapy setting.

Methods: Dance-movement therapy (DMT) sessions with 3 congenitally deaf-blind children up to 5 years of age were carried out once a week during 12 weeks. The Movement Pattern Analysis was applied to identify movement qualities in every child. The defined qualities were supported in DMT sessions during interactions in order to establish communication content. The video recordings of DMT sessions were performed initially, and at 6 and 12 weeks of intervention period. The frequency and duration of turn taking, joint attention and dialogue, were scored by two experienced therapists who were blinded to study questions.

Results: Results have shown significant prolongation of joint attention comparing to initial scores (p < .04). The frequency and duration of turn taking were also significantly increased after intervention period (p < .02). No differences were detected in dialogue behaviors.

Conclusions: Our study suggest that movement interpretation within dance-movement therapy intervention can enhance the development of early communication behavior in terms of turn taking and joint attention in congenitally deaf-blind children.


Email: [email protected]

Phone: +972-50-6901112


The Hadassah Pediatric Chronic Disease Center located at the Hadassah Mount Scopus Campus is dedicated to assisting children and their families to cope with the challenges of chronic disease. The multidisciplinary staff provides holistic and integrated care with the emphasis on providing state of the art therapeutics with culturally appropriate and psychosocially oriented caring.  A special focus of the Center is fostering peaceful co-existence which is so important in a region that is war-torn.

The Center has multiple units specializing in specific diseases including cystic fibrosis, feeding disorders, inborn errors of metabolism, Down’s syndrome, diabetes, intellectual disabilities, adoption and rheumatologic disorders.   Most recently, the Center has opened a Supportive and Palliative Care Unit which assists families in coping with children with complex medical conditions that are life-threatening.