From 21-23 of September, Karin Dom’s training team took part in the international conference “Quality of Life Among Young People with Multiply, Complex and Intense Needs. From Theory to Practice”, that was held in Milan, Italy, under the project Enablin+. All the countries that are part of the project, participated – Belgium, The Netherlands, France, Romania, Reunion Island – France, Italy, Portugal and Bulgaria with representatives from Karin Dom.
Project Enablin+ is targeted towards the needs of those children and youths who have complex and intense support needs (CISN), as well for the people who take care and support them. The project has the goal of creating a system of interdisciplinary practical training courses where specialists and parents of different professions and experience learn together for improving the process of social inclusion, helping deinstitutionalization and improving the quality of life of children with CISN from different age groups.
Zvezdelina Atanasova presented the activities of Karin Dom’s Training Center and the challenges Bulgaria faces when it comes to training professionals working with CISN. Romania, Italy and France also shared similar difficulties. Karin Dom presented successful cases from the work with children with complex and intense needs. The results of one of the children after the provided medical therapy, the therapy at Karin Dom and the support at the kindergarten, surprised even the specialists who have worked with such cases all around the world.
After finishing the work meetings, there was a conference at the BICOCCA MILAN University on the topic of “Quality of Life Among Young People with Multiply, Complex and Intense Needs. From Theory to Practice.” On the matter of: “Communication” and “Developing Technologies to Aid People with Complex and Intense Support Needs”, the Karin Dom team was introduced to new forms of evaluation of children with complex and intense needs, some new ideas on therapy and new technologies that would help the evaluation, data collection and the therapy of children with various difficulties. Other topics that were presented included: inclusion and partnership in the educational field, inclusive training and care, medical care, inclusion at kindergartens, aiding communication technologies (speech is not everything), work with parents, how to take care of children with complex and intense needs, ethics and norms.
On the final day of the conference in Milan, were introduced reports by universities that presented data from various research and shared their policies as well as reports on communication with children with complex and intense support needs, evaluation of mental age and some cases.
Karin Dom’s team returned with new ideas for their work with children with complex and intense support needs and with motivation for the future trainings, on the modules that had been created alongside with the Enablin+ team, as well as other upcoming training courses on similar topics.