Karin Dom offers support to children aged 3 months to 18 years and to their families. We work with children with physical disabilities, mental disorders, sensory problems, behaviour problems, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism, multiple disabilities, learning difficulties.
- Multidisciplinary assessment of each child
- Individual therapy / teaching plans
- Physiotherapy - the Bobath approach to the treatment of children with cerebral palsy
- Speech therapy
- Sessions with psychologist and with special education teachers
- Montessori groups
- Groups for children with autism and with ADHD
- Swimming therapy
- Play and games as therapy
- Music and art sessions
- Every-day-skills programme
- Group for social integration
- Preparation for integrated / inclusive education
- Home programmes
- Home visits
- Consultations for the families
- Parents support groups
Education is a right of every child and in this sense, integrated education aims to provide appropriate accessible and effective education to all children in their community. It is an approach that puts the child at the centre of the educational process and recognizes that children are individuals with different training needs.
The team of Karin Dom works for supporting the inclusion of children with special needs in the educational system. This is a sustained and complex process which successful outcome depends on the efforts of parents, teachers, principals, therapists, and experts. The ultimate goal is to provide a welcoming, adapted, resource rich environment where the child feels secure and fully develop their potential.
Karin Dom was the first NGO in Bulgaria to train 64 Personal Assistants of children with special educational needs integrated into mainstream education. This became possible under a pilot project of the municipality of Varna in 2003-2004.
Therapeutic and rehabilitation programs and social integration activities at Karin Dom aim at preparation for successful integration. Specialists provide assistance and support to the mainstream and resource teachers, social assistants and parents of integrated children through meetings, consultations and trainings.
As a result of hard joint work since the opening of the centre 159 children with special needs are integrated into mainstream kindergartens and schools.