Non-governmental organizations learn to apply Gentle Teaching method in working with people with intellectual and associated disabilities
A meeting training for five delegations from non-governmental organizations took place in September, followed by theoretical training held by Motivation Romania Foundation, to learn to apply the Gentle Teaching method for people with intellectual and related disabilities.
The activities took place within the project “Gentle Teaching in Romania”, implemented by Motivation Romania Foundation, in partnership with Special Olympics Foundation, from July 2014 to June 2015. The project is funded through EEA grants 2009 – 2014, within the NGO Fund in Romania.
In the next period, students will have the opportunity to put into practice the information and concepts they have learned, in the practical training sessions that will take place in October, under the guidance of our specialists.
Within the framework of the same project, a course and material support was provided for the transfer of the Gentle Teaching method to 10 members of Romanian organizations, personally involved in day and residential services. As a result of the training received in the project, each of the participating organizations will apply the gentle teaching method for six of their beneficiaries.
Gentle teaching is a method of psychology of interdependence, according to which every human being needs to live in relation to other people in a relationship of equality and reciprocity as an integral part of the community. People who require the support of an assistant / therapist need to experience a sense of partnership with their caretakers, beyond a formal, professional relationship.
Motivation Foundation’s specialists apply the Gentle Teaching principles in working with young people with intellectual disabilities from the Impact program, starting January 2013, by organizing various activities – group exits at the park and film. They improve the quality of life and confidence in the participants’ own strengths, develop their social and occupational skills and strengthen relationships with care staff in family homes and specialists with whom they work at the Motivation Day Center.
Also in the framework of the “Gentle Teaching in Romania” project, after the theoretical and practical training sessions, a Forum for Parents and Specialists will be organized to promote the Gentle Teaching method within the Special Olympics Romania National Games, and within the Special Olympics Regional Games will be organized information sessions on the same theme, for the families of the participants, volunteers, teachers and students.
Contact person: Daniela Ilea, Project Manager, Tel. 0745.069.215, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Project funded by EEA Grants 2009 – 2014, within the NGO Fund in Romania. For official information on EEA and Norwegian grants, visit www.eeagrants.org and www.fondong.fdsc.ro.