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Karin Dom Specialists Participated in Trainings of the European Association for Early Childhood Intervention

7 December 2020

A team of therapists-trainers and early childhood intervention consultants of Karin Dom participated in the series of online trainings of the European Association for Early Childhood Intervention Eurlyaid. Leading international consultants in the field of Early Childhood Intervention such as Dr. José Boavida Fernández (Portugal), Ana Maria Serrano (Portugal), Marilyn Espe-Sherwind (USA), Noor Van Loen (Netherlands) will share their experience and expertise in a series of online seminars until the end of February 2021.

The training is part of UNICEF’s new partnership program with the Karin Dom Foundation – “Building capacity to provide quality, family-oriented services for child care in the municipalities of Haskovo and Nova Zagora”.

The training is valuable for our team, because of the opportunity to check our work model in providing ECI services and upgrade with innovations. It is an even greater pleasure for us that a partner like UNICEF gives us the opportunity to share the experience of these leading experts in training for the RDI teams in the municipalities of Haskovo and Nova Zagora through the prism of our work model.

Presentation of trainers:

Dr. Ana Serrano, Ph.D, Portugal

Eurlyaid President, Institute of Education, University of Minho. She graduated in psychology from the University of Coimbra. She holds a master’s degree in early childhood intervention from the University of Cincinnati, USA and a doctorate in special education from the University of Minho. Since 1994, she has taught in the field of special education/early childhood intervention at the Institute of Education of the University of Minho. She developed and coordinates a master’s program in early childhood intervention. Has a series of publications in the field of early childhood intervention. She was a member of the board of the Portuguese National Association for Early Childhood Intervention, a member of the European Association for Early Childhood Intervention (EURLYAID) since 2006, and since 2012 – chairman.

Dr Jose Boavida, Portugal, Eurlyaid member

Neurodevelopmental Pediatrician, Pediatric Hospital of Coimbra. Scientific activities: Clinical research in the field of neuro-pediatrics. Special interest in Early Childhood Intervention and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Specializations: Coordinator of the ADHD Clinic at the Coimbra Hospital.

Involved in 1989 in the development of the first project for community-based early childhood intervention services in the Coimbra region. Represents the Ministry of Health in the National Early Childhood Intervention System. Founder and past president of the National Association of Early Childhood Intervention in Portugal. Member of EURLYAID since 1993. Supervises the training of specialists in the field of neuro-pediatrics.

Marilyn Espe-[eruvnd, Ph.D, USA, Ohio, member of Eurlyaid

Director of the Child and Family Center at Kent State University and Children’s Hospital until summer 2019

Marilyn Espe-Sherwind served for many years as director of the Center for the Child and Family, a demonstration, research and training center focused exclusively on young children with developmental disabilities and their families. The Center is a community-based program of Akron Children’s Hospital and since its inception has served as a national model for good practice in early childhood intervention, particularly in terms of family-centered and age-appropriate practice for children with disabilities, and innovative technologies. Her research publications, presentations, and workshops focus on interaction, family-centered practice, family involvement, early identification and early intervention for children with autism, and the use of technology to provide support and early intervention.

Nur Van Loen, Master of Social Work, Eurlyaid board member and parent representative

Since 1988 he has been a member of the parents’ organization (currently CP Nederland) and since 1994 he has been a representative in Eurlyaid. Since 2012, he has been a member of the board of Eurlyaid.

Master of Social Work. She has worked in the probation service for people with addictions for more than 10 years. She headed a social care institution. Social worker at a children’s rehabilitation center and since 1999 she has worked again in the field of probation. Special focus on users with mental problems and for 3 years she worked as a project coordinator related to domestic violence.


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