Chennai: With a view to sharing its experiences in early intervention, and to highlight other successful early intervention models and interventions from across the world, Amar Seva Sangam, Ayikudi (ASSA) is organizing an International conference on ‘Early intervention for children with special needs’, in Chennai. The two-day conference (Feb 14th and 15th) is scheduled to be inaugurated by Tamil Nadu Governor His Excellency, Banwarilal Purohit on February 14, 2020 in Chennai.
There will also be two pre-conference workshops on 13 February, 2020 on the topics of: 1) Designing, implementing, monitoring and scaling-up early intervention programs for children with disabilities, and 2) Home-based early intervention for children with developmental disabilities and cerebral palsy: A family-centred interdisciplinary approach.
The International conference will have presentations from more than 50 experts on a wide range of themes such as early identification, early stimulation, intervention through play, assistive and adaptive technology, inclusive education, and social security schemes, among others.
About 500 participants, including the executives of non-governmental organisations, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, special educators, paediatricians, doctors including neurologists and orthopaedic surgeons, research scholars, students, professors, early childhood educators, psychologists, speech trainers, speech pathologists, family counsellors, funders and senior government officials from different parts of the country and the world are expected to attend the workshops and the international conference.
The conference aims to offer a platform for the exchange and adoption of a significant number of diverse experiences, and best practices in the field of early intervention that would maximize children’s potential towards inclusion. The conference will also explore sustainable social development models for overall economic growth through rehabilitation and inclusion of children with developmental delays in society.