Start date: 01-11-2019
End date: 30-06-2021
Key Action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices
Action Type: Strategic Partnerships for vocational education and training
a) Adapting the existing ICF training materials towards professionals working with toddlers and their families.
b) Increasing the quality of cooperation processes by introducing a common language and comply with ongoing social-political processes.
The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), created by the WHO in 2001, represents a system to describe the abilities and the restrictions of a person with a health concern. As a part of the WHO classification family, the ICF contributes to an ability-focused approach. Based on approximately 1,400 codes, it depicts a holistic picture of early health and education processes of children with developmental difficulties. The ICF helps to increase the quality of ECEC-processes within the global strategies of “nurturing care” – bringing together health, nutrition, early learning, parental empathy, and safety. Other systems (ICD 10) focus on individual deficits and tend to rely on a medical understanding of disability. The ICF as a worldwide recognized meta-language provides this necessary common communication base between diverse sectors education (nursery), health, and other involved professionals, and it increases the quality of the early support services as all the involved groups within a team (including the parents) use one terminology. This participation of all the involved professionals increases the commitment and participation within the support process for children with developmental difficulties. Previous EU ICF-projects focused on awareness rising and training modules for preschool (www.icf-training.eu) and medical care (www.icfcy-meduse.eu).
The project provisions production of two major intellectual output:
IO 1 – The first intellectual output of the project is tailor-made ICF training modules (in English, Macedonian, German, and Turkish language) for visiting nurses, early support services, and professionals in nurseries working with very small children, based on existing materials. Specific issues of age, as well as the connection between health, education/parenting and social aspect are addressed in this adaption, mainly focusing on a possible lack of diagnosis during these early stages of development.
IO 2 – The second intellectual outcome is a Quick Guide to ICF for professionals (concerning selected important items), intended to ensure that all the relevant professionals are familiar with ICF and are able to use it in daily life. The Guide is supposed to increase understanding between professionals and parents in the support processes for small children with developmental problems.
For more information on the intellectual outputs, please visit the section Intellectual Outputs of this web-site.
Association for Promotion of Education, Culture and Sport “Education for All” (NGO in MK)
Association of Nurses, Technicians, and Midwives of the Republic of Macedonia (Professional Association in MK)
Medical School Hamburg (Research Institute in DE)
Dr. Pretis (SME in AT)
Dr. Dudu Melek Sabuncuoglu (SME in TR)