Our Naked Heart online seminars are aimed primarily at the Russian audience and are fully interactive. Anyone who wishes to participate can attend online and ask questions. The main purpose of the webinars is to introduce the participants to up-to-date, proven methods of working with people with disabilities. Suggestions, questions and comments can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first webinar run by the Foundation’s experts was held on 1 September 20114 and focused on communication:
The second webinar focused on autism:
The third was on a programme to support foster children:
The fourth involved American expert Bryan King and focused on autism:
Our fifth webinar was devoted to people with special needs:
The next one was devoted to process of learning:
The next one was devoted to autism:
The next one was devoted to sensory integration:
The next one was devoted to evidence-based methods of helping people with autism:
Naked Heart Foundation experts Svyatoslav Dovbnya, child neurologist, and Tatiana Morozova, clinical psychologist, are leading Russian specialists in issues relating to child development and mental health. Tatiana and Svyatoslav are involved in several international projects to develop support services for vulnerable families and children in Russia and countries of the former Soviet Union; they are the co-founders of the St. Petersburg Early Intervention Institute; they are visiting professors in the faculty of neurology of the University of New Mexico; they are certified teachers for the UK Mellow Parenting programme; they have written training programmes and multiple publications; and they are consultants on a project carried out by the Government of the Nizhny Novgorod Region and KPMG to develop early intervention services.
One of our main working objectives is to create a network of family support centres for children with special needs and their families. Their purpose is to provide combined psychological, educational, social, legal, therapeutic, and other professional assistance. Our first Family Support Centre was opened in Nizhny Novgorod.
Our annual international "Every Child Deserves a Family" forum is a unique platform for dialogue between Russian and foreign child development experts, which allows representatives from various regions of Russia to exchange views and experience. It is also a step forward towards developing a professional community in Russia.
We are supporting projects run by the legal department of the Centre for Curative Pedagogics in Moscow, and relevant projects run by other organisations, aimed at ensuring the rights of children with disabilities and raising legal awareness among parents and specialists working in the field.
It is impossible to solve the problems of families with disabled children without changing the attitudes of society and the state. That’s why one of the Foundations most important activities is advocacy.
The Naked Heart Foundation is currently working to create fully-equipped sensory integration and occupational therapy rooms for children with autism and other developmental disorders, with the aim of teaching those children coping mechanisms and enabling them to reach their full potential.
The aim of this project is to support NGOs that provide psychological, medical, therapeutic and social support for children with disabilities and their families; families intending to adopt, take guardianship of, or foster a child with disabilities; and disadvantaged families or families in crisis.
We support projects to run summer and autumn integrative camps for children with special needs. Such camps create an environment in which children can relax emotionally, recover their health, have much-needed new experiences and communicate in a variety of different ways.
The purpose of the Education Programme is to allow specialists from organisations working with children with special needs and their families to learn modern and effective working methods, exchange experience with colleagues and take part in education programmes involving international experts.