|A very small part of the materials the attendees were able to|
take back to use in their centers.
Partnering with EDUS (Educate Us - Education for All), LDS Charities sponsored an educational workshop. We spent three days immersed in learning. Professionals who work with children with special needs gathered in Sarajevo to increase their knowledge base and to improve their teaching techniques with the hope to enrich the lives of those they teach. For a few it was reinforcement and expansion of knowledge they already had, however for many it was new material, a new concept and a truly eye-opening experience. While these techniques may be commonplace in the U.S., it is cutting edge in Bosnia.
The three-day workshop included theory and hands-on learning.The major components of the workshop were Initial Assessments and Developing an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP), Teaching Techniques and Parent Education. The educators were divided into groups of 4 with one EDUS staff member in each group to reinforce learning while another EDUS staff member lead the session. They learned how to assess a child's skills and based on that assessment, create a IEP that would provide the greatest potential for increased skill acquisition. The individual goals included the areas of cognitive, communication, large motor, fine motor and social skills. After putting together an IEP, they then were taught how to implement the program through specific teaching techniques that have been proven effective with all children, but especially for children with special needs. In addition to learning, there was a lot of laughing as they role played, taking turns being the teacher and the student.
|Learning how to use the assessment tools|
|EDUS staff explaining goals and objectives|
|The use of flashcards is very important. Denny and I spent|
a fair amount of time to create a set of over 200 flash cards
for each center to take home. (not the ones pictured)
|When they return to their centers, they will have all the|
tools they need to implement the educational techniques
|EDUS staff showing how to use flashcards in various ways|
|Which one is green?|
|Learning about "pairing"objects. EDUS staff assisting "student"|
with a "hand-in-hand" technique as part of a correction.
The final session was spent on one of the most difficult topics. Parent education. Parents are the key to their child's success. Continuity of expectations between school and home are extremely important. Some parents are actively involved in their child's education, but unfortunately, many just don't know what they can do to help their child learn so they do very little. The workshop participants learned new ways to involve parents and take home materials to share with parents to get them more engaged with their child and to help them understand that, as parents, they can, and must, continue their child's education at home.
|Learning strategies to involve parents in their children's education|
|Stanislova, EDUS staff member, shared a wealth|
of information as the lead presenter
for the workshop this weekend.
|The whole group after an intense three days of learning!|
A huge thank you to everyone for all you do for the children of Bosnia!