We believe that every child should go to school, make friends and be a part of society. Children with autism may find it more difficult to sit in a classroom, concentrate, complete school tasks and communicate with their classmates. Therefore, we since 2013 we have been educating teachers about special methods of working with such children. We want specialists to be aware of modern, evidence-based methods of work, to share their knowledge with colleagues and to have access to training and seminars with international experts.
Our inclusive and special education project covers Nizhny Novgorod, Tula, Tver, Chelyabinsk and St Petersburg.
Thanks to the efforts of the Naked Heart Foundation, 239 children with special needs are continuing to attend school, and 71 newly-trained teachers are working with them.
We want even more teachers to learn how to work with children with autism and find out which methods they should use to help the children communicate, concentrate and absorb information. That’s why we are continuing with the project and expanding Russia’s professional community. We only use evidence-based methods that have proven effective.
Since 2013, project coordinators from the Naked Heart Family Support Centre have been supervising the schools involved in the project. The impressive results that have been achieved are in many ways the product of the continuity of the educational process. Today, staff at the Family Support Centre are the project’s primary supervisors and conduct seminars for teachers and other school staff.
Why is it important?
Often, teachers do not have the skills and knowledge required to work effectively with children with special needs, and therefore are unable to help children who find it hard communicating with their peers and adapting to new environments. As a result, most children with special needs do not attend school and become very isolated.
We are working to change this situation and make education accessible to everyone, regardless of any special needs they might have. The project aims to ensure that children with autism receive qualified support that helps them learn, participate in school activities and socialise.
We empower professionals and parents to help them give children with special needs the best start in life. Our Early intervention services are designed to provide families of children with special needs with the support and resources needed to maximise the child’s potential.
We create a network of family support services for children with special needs and their families. Naked Heart Family Support Centre provides combined psychological, educational, social, legal, therapeutic, and other professional assistance.
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 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.
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 objective of our interactive online seminars is to introduce people to up-to-date, proven methods of working with people with disabilities. They are held on a regular basis and cover topics such as autism, communication and foster care. The webinars are aimed primarily at the Russian audience.
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.
By funding the advocacy and service-delivery programmes implemented by our partner non-pro ts and NGOs across Russia, we expand our reach and help improve more people’s lives faster and more efficiently.