<img style="float: right;" src="https:\/\/opedge.com\/Content\/OldArticles\/images\/2003-05_01\/miki_fairley.jpg" hspace="4" vspace="4" \/>\r\n\r\nAs our feature article on physiatry shows, involving the entire rehabilitation team in patient care can optimize outcomes.\r\n\r\nThe Association of Children's Prosthetic-Orthotic Clinics (ACPOC), an organization that focuses on the team approach for the benefit of children, meets May 14-17 in St. Pete Beach, Florida. ACPOC's purpose is to support clinical teams through education, clinical research, and annual meetings.\r\n\r\nIts threefold mission is 1) to promote multidisciplinary team development and collaboration, 2) to support research in children's orthotic-prosthetic care, and 3) to disseminate information among and about children's clinics.\r\n\r\nThe seeds of ACPOC were planted in 1946 when Carleton Dean, MD,\r\nmet with Charles H. Frantz, MD, and George T. Aitken, MD, to\r\norganize the Juvenile Amputee Program in Michigan. The program\r\naimed not only to fit the best device available for each patient,\r\nbut to train the child in its use--an idea that was not\r\ncommonplace then.\r\n\r\nThe team approach pioneered in military hospitals worked well\r\nfor adult amputees. It became apparent that this approach would\r\nalso benefit children with limb loss. Meetings and developments in\r\nchild amputee care continued, and by 1970 the Subcommittee on Child\r\nProsthetic Problems was charged with enlarging its activities to\r\ninclude children's orthotics and mobility aids. By 1979, the\r\ngeneral format for the association was established and accepted,\r\nand ACPOC continues as a major source of information and\r\ninteraction on child prosthetic and orthotic care--a boon to\r\nyoungsters dealing with disability.\r\n\r\nFor more information, visit <a href="https:\/\/opedge.com\/29">www.acpoc.org<\/a>.