Practical training for applying the Gentle Teaching method
In October, representatives of non-governmental organizations from Dolj, Arad, Bihor, Bacău and Ialomița Counties participated in the training sessions organized by Motivation Foundation specialists for applying the Gentle Teaching method to persons with intellectual and related disabilities.
Motivation specialists visited each of the five partner organizations and, together, put into practice the information previously disseminated during the theoretical training meetings. Each practical training session lasted two days and included the evaluation of the beneficiaries proposed by the partners according to the principles of Gentle Teaching, the establishment of the educational plan for the next few months and the therapeutic intervention direction as well as case studies.
In the same month, Motivation specialists participated in the Special Olympics Regional Games in Oradea, where they promoted the method of gentle learning among the participants: parents, teachers, volunteers and specialists in working with people with disabilities. Discussions on the challenges and outcomes of the gentle teaching method, based on the Motivation specialists’ experience, led to the sharing of leaflets and course support.
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.
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 professional relationship.
Motivation Foundation’s specialists apply the Gentle Teaching principles in working with young people with intellectual disabilities from the Impact program, starting with January 2013, by organizing various activities – group exits in 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-type homes and with the specialists they work with at the Motivation Day Center.
Daniela Ilea, Project manager
Motivation Romania Foundation is a non-profit organization, created in 1995 to support children and adults with disabilities. Motivation Foundation’s programs are designed to increase the quality of life of its beneficiaries and to ensure their active presence in society with a focus on social, educational and professional integration. The services cover a wide range of needs, from assessment and equipment tailored to various types of mobility disabilities, medical recovery and independent life training along with a wheelchair instructor. Motivation gave the power of movement and hope for an independent life for more than 10,000 people with disabilities in Romania. More information on www.motivation.ro/en.
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.
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