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Children with disabilities develop with positive human interaction

BIJELO POLJE, April 10, 2010 - Research shows that children and adults with severe learning disabilities can start making progress if spontaneous and natural communication methods are used with them like the ones applied through the intensive interaction therapy introduced in Montenegro within UNICEF’s support provided to the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare in 2009.

Day Care Centre 'Tisa' in Bijelo Polje

Intensive interaction relies on basic common sense: - being in a physical position for the child to see you, having an ‘I like being with you’ look on your face, scanning the child carefully for their signals, responding to everything the child does, maintaining good eye contact, using exaggerated facial expressions.

At the request of the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare of Montenegro, UNICEF consultant Cath Irvine, Specialist Speech and Language Therapist and a founder member of the Intensive Interaction Institute in UK, introduced intensive interaction therapy in “Komanski most”, Centre “1st June”, Centre for Education and Rehabilitation of Children and Youth with Disabilities and the Day Care Centre “Tisa” in Bijelo Polje.

UNICEF consultant Cath Irvine

She has also trained parents and professionals members of several Associations of Parents of Children with Disabilities throughout Montenegro.

Story by Momir Krivacevic



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