As part of World Autism Awareness Month, the Naked Heart Foundation has presented a book entitled “Children with autism spectrum disorders at preschool and school: evidence-based support programmes” written by its very own experts – adjunct professors in the Neurology Department at the University of New Mexico Tatiana Morozova (clinical psychologist) and Svyatoslav Dovbnya (child neurologist). The book will be released in Russian and will benefit parents, teachers and other specialists who work with children who have autism.
The Naked Heart Foundation works with parents and professionals and teaches them about the latest evidence-based support programmes for children with special needs. It runs conferences, an annual International “Every Child Deserves a Family” Forum, training sessions, webinars and lectures.
The book focuses on special approaches to teaching children with autism spectrum disorders and effective ways of evaluating and developing their communication and social skills. It also covers early intervention strategies and various types of visual support.
“It is impossible just to read a book and learn new methods of teaching children with autism. Our goal is not just to spread knowledge about evidence-based methods – we work with a number of schools, centres and preschools that are now ready to invite psychologists, teachers, speech therapists and tutors to come and see how these methods are used on a daily basis, how children’s behaviour improves and what results they can achieve. The combination of books, lectures and intensive training sessions is the key to the success of the Naked Heart Foundation’s projects”, – commented Svyatoslav Dovbnya.
The book will be released in summer 2018. The .pdf version will be available online free of charge and the printed version will be distributed among Naked Heart partner NGOs. The book will be available in Russian only.
The Naked Heart Foundation presented the book during a press conference organised by the Vykhod Foundation at the Russian Ministry of Education and Science. The Vykhod Foundation also presented a course of online lectures on autism for university students and its printed version, published by “Practica” publishing house. The course includes an online encyclopaedia featuring terms and definitions relating to autism, and a digital archive of scientific works in Russian on the subject.
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