The Naked Heart Foundation has announced a new competition to take part in a training seminar as part of the EarlyBird programme, to take place from 28 to 31 August in Moscow. The competition is being run under the Every Child Deserves a Family programme.
About the EarlyBird programme
EarlyBird is a programme to support parents of pre-school children who have recently been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The EarlyBird programme gives parents of children with autism the opportunity to communicate with and advise one another, and work together to find the best solutions to the problems they face. It combines the advantages of group work (six families per group) and individual consultations (carried out by programme specialists during home visits).
The main objective of the EarlyBird programme is to help children with autism through offering training to their parents. The parents work to change their own verbal communication, analyse their child’s behaviour and use visual aids.
The Naked Heart Foundation has adapted EarlyBird programme and started developing it in Russia. The Naked Heart Foundation experts are specially authorised to distribute the EarlyBird programme in full accordance with the standards of the National Autistic Society. Specialists who have been through the programme get the chance to share the knowledge they have gained. Participation in the training is free of charge for both specialists and parents.
Parents who have been through the programme can better prepare themselves before starting to build communication and increase their child’s development. Having completed the three-month training programme and gotten an idea of the ways in which children with autism develop and behave, they can confidently and independently build interaction with their own children.
The programme was created by the UK National Autistic Society in 1997. With the support of the Naked Heart Foundation, Russian specialists have been able to take part in training under the EarlyBird programme. The programme is currently running in St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Tver and Tula.
Requirements for the training participants/EarlyBird programme leaders:
Two specialists from the organisation with higher education in psychology, pre-school education or social work will take part in the training (they will then become the leaders of the parents’ group). Experience working with parents of pre-school children is desirable. Number of participants = 12.
When selecting the applications, preference is given to organisations that provide services to parents free of charge.
Dates: 28-31 August
Participation in the seminar is free of charge. Travel and accommodation expenses to be covered by the organisation.
About the seminar leaders:
The seminar will be run by Foundation experts Tatiana Morozova and Svyatoslav Dovbnya, who are specially authorised to distribute the EarlyBird programme in full accordance with the standards of the National Autistic Society.