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International conference Innovative methods and approaches in working with children with SEND was organized by the Children’s Creative Center DOKKICA in collaboration with specialized school from Liverpool, Abbot’s Lea School and Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Osijek. This conference was organized within the project Development of Innovative Social Services project – Integrative Counseling and Support Center , which is implemented in partnership with the City of Osijek and the Municipality of Ernestivnovo.

The conference was held on June 15, 2022 in hybrid form (via Zoom and in the premises of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Osijek) from 8:30 to 18:00.

Participation in the conference is free for all participants.

Reasons for organizing a conference

In the world as it is today, there are numerous methods and approaches in working with children with disabilities. Depending on the developed consciousness’s level and available resources, every community tends to find the best solution for this group of children in order to achieve the best result or the greatest possible improvement in working with them. Given the individual characteristics of each child, and different needs of each family, it is important for professionals today combine different methods and approaches in order to reach the biggest potentials of each child. Sometimes will two methods result in a new, integrative approach, and sometimes will they require collaboration between multiple professionals with different specializations. As two important factors of successful therapy, we consider the development of the relationship between a child and a family, and the provision of appropriate sensory conditions with the objective of encouraging the child’s (self)regulation.

With the international conference Innovative methods and approaches in working with children with SEND , we wanted to create an inclusive conference program that will include a wide range of methods and approaches, regarding experts from different countries in order to present social diversity.

For that reason, with this conference we wanted to create a place for exchanging experiences of professionals who developed and/or apply different methods, approaches and techniques in therapy with children with disabilities, but also and models of work which include whole families in mentioned process. Goal of this conference is also to create a platform for gathered experts in various fields and specializations, in order to contribute to the exchange of their knowledge in working with children with disabilities, and enable faster and more effective resolving of challenges, and reduce social inequalities in service for this group of users.

Thematic fields of the conference:

  • Multidisciplinary approaches, methods and techniques in working with children and young people with SEND
  • Sensory integration: early intervention and school age
  • Family as a key factor in planning and implementing educational, prevention and therapeutic programmes
  • Evaluation and progress – Data collection and analysis for planning, monitoring and evidencing impact.
  • Therapeutic work in the process of upbringing and education of children and young people with SEND

The conference was opened by Ines Novak, President of DOKKICA, who sent greetings and thanks to those present in the hall and online. In the introductory part, people were addressed by Assoc. Prof. Ph.D. Sanja Jukić, vice dean for teaching and students on behalf of the Faculty of Philosophy Osijek, Assoc. Ante Bilić Prcić, Dean of the Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences in Zagreb and from Liverpool, on behalf of Abbot’s Lea School, Sara Muršić, President of the Conference Program Committee. The conference was attended by over 400 participants from around the world, of which 20 actively participated as lecturers and exhibitors, while some participants watched the broadcast live in a small ceremonial hall of the Faculty of Philosophy Osijek from 8:30 to 18:00. The international scientific-professional conference was supported by the project partner City of Osijek, Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences, Zagreb Polytechnic and Jamnica, sponsor of the conference.