Intensive interaction theraphy introduced in Montenegro's children institutions
PODGORICA, February 9, 2010 - ‘’I am a happy mother now.’’ With these words Rasema Hekalo mother of a 21 year old son with disability and member of Parents Association from Bijelo Polje started her addressing at the ceremony for the handing out of certificates on intensive interaction course completion held in Podgorica on Tuesday February 9th, 2010.
Rasema Hekalo and her son engaged in intensive interaction theraphy
"When my son was born, health workers advised me to place him in an institution but we refused. I have been waiting for 21 years for someone to show me how to work with my son and now they have. If this had happened 21 years ago what kind of person would he be now? Dr Ket thought me how to understand my son I am grateful for that. She is like a member of our family now.” said Rasema.
Cath Irvine, Intensive interaction trainer
Irvine explained teaching methods of intensive interaction:
Skinner, Mijuskovic and Vucurovic at the ceremony
Deputy of Minister of Labor and Social Welfare Snežana Mijušković explained that training increased number of people that would adequately take care of children with disabilities.
Vesna Vucurovic, deputy Minister of Education and Science said that lot of effort will be put into making it possible for children with special needs to be placed in home environment instead of state institutions. ‘’All this is happening in a very important moment where we are all working on preparation activities for transformation of special institutions into resource centers,’’ Vucurovic said.
12 professionals and members of Association of parents of children with disabilities who have completed successfully the Intensive Interaction Practitioner Course received the certificates after 4 months of training and evaluation. Parents were especially satisfied because they could finally get more from their everyday communication with their children.
First Montenegrin certified intensive interaction practitioners
Story by Momir Krivacevic