Thursday, September 29 • 9:15am - 10:45am
Spotlight Speaker - Become stronger: War Challenges, Present and Future of ECI in Ukraine

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This presentation will trace the history of the development of ECI in Ukraine, starting from the beginning of the 21th century. The process of (1) changing the paradigm from the medical model to family-centered, routine based ECI, and (2) developing cooperation between national and regional government levels, the professional community, and the All-Ukrainian movement "Parents for Early Intervention" is described. Results of the national pilot project 2016-2021 showed the possibilities and the need for further development of ECI in Ukraine. The pandemic created greater possibilities for ECI and its provision online.

Russia's invasion of Ukraine didn’t stop ECI services provision to families, regardless of where specialists and parents were located. Internal and external displacement due to the war and the traumatic experiences for all involved made continuing services even more important, as demonstrated by the outcomes of a study done with 80 families and 76 professionals (May-June 2022).

The presentation will also address the fact the war did not stop development on ECI. It intensified the efforts on how to organize our professional community while professionals and families migrate and needs continuously change.

Thursday September 29, 2022 9:15am - 10:45am CDT
International Ballroom - Lobby Level