Posted: Monday, July 12, 2021. 4:50 pm CST.
By Benjamin Flowers: In an effort to better equip teachers and parents of children with special needs, Autism Belize is hosting a training workshop this week titled “What Works: Integrating effective interventions for children with autism and developmental delays.”
The virtual training session, which is being hosted free of cost, will be held on Wednesday, July 14, at 6:00 p.m. The session will be facilitated by Dorinda Luzardo Ms. Ed, MLIS, founder and CEO of Angels Reach Foundation & Academy, a Florida-based non-profit organization dedicated to serving children with developmental delays, especially those with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs).
BBN spoke with Christy Almeida, founder of Autism Belize, who said that the workshop forms a part of the organization’s push to ensuring children with ASD and other developmental delays have continuous care by hosting regular trainings for the teachers and parents interacting with those children. Almeida stressed that training is important because the level of demand for expertise in areas where the children need help far exceeds the number of professionals and organizations providing services to these children.
“It’s not covering the needs of all of our parents. Parents either can’t afford these therapies or they can only afford a couple a month when our kids need intensive work to help them improve and learn,” Almeida said. “And so for us, the key to trying to help these families is by training the parents. If they can understand their kids, they can understand why they behave this way, why they are having problems and these issues and then how to work with them; then we feel that is the key to helping our kids grow.”
She went on to say that if parents and teachers collaborate on the material being taught to the children, then learning transitions from home to the classroom and back, which ensures the continuous support the children need to assist their development. Additionally, teachers who participate in the sessions and complete an activity after will have their participation credited to their Continuous Professional Development (CPD) credit hours.
Interested persons can sign up here.
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