At 12:30 Moscow time on 10 December we will be running a free webinar for parents and specialists on the topic of: “Making sure the holidays are happy: How can we help people with special needs enjoy a happy and safe festive season?” Send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or ask the experts live during the webinar. Please mind that the webinar will be available in Russian only.
Where can I watch the webinar?
You can watch the webinar on the following page:
Which questions will be covered?
During the event we will discuss what the holiday season is like for families of children with special needs. During this time, children do not go to preschool, school or activity centres and their usual daily routine is replaced with visits to family members or celebrations at home.
For children with special needs, this is a period during which their routine is replaced with a series of unpredictable events. Children with autism are particularly affected by this kind of disruption, as they often suffer from anxiety when faced with unexpected events. The challenge for the parents is to help the child understand what is going on around them and help them enjoy the festivities, without becoming too concerned that they will lose the skills they have mastered.
During the webinar we will discuss:
— How to make the holiday season enjoyable and safe for children with special needs and their families
— How to prepare children for the change in routine
— How to help children with special needs cope with new experiences
And, of course, we will also answer viewers’ questions.
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Who is presenting the webinar?
Naked Heart Foundation experts Tatiana Morozova, clinical psychologist, and Svyatoslav Dovbnya, child neurologist, are 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 visiting professors in the faculty of neurology of the University of New Mexico; they are certified teachers for the UK EarlyBird and Mellow Parenting programmes; and they have written training programmes and authored multiple publications.
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