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Our annual international “Every Child Deserves a Family” forum is a unique platform for dialogue between Russian and foreign child development experts, which allows representatives from various regions of Russia to exchange views and experience. It is also a step forward towards developing a professional community in Russia.

It is a unique opportunity for child development specialists, parents and public figures to gather together at a professional level to discuss issues relating to working with children with disabilities, their education and social integration as well as to supporting foster families.

The forum takes place every year, giving Russian professionals the opportunity to regularly find out about the best practices of their Russian and international colleagues and facilitating the development of a professional community and an inclusive society in Russia.

Here you can watch all lectures from 2016.

The first forum took place in October 2012. It was dedicated to modern and effective support for children with conditions such as autism, Down’s syndrome and cerebral palsy and attracted 423 delegates working in child development from eight countries and 43 Russian cities. In 2013, the forum focused on autism and in 2014 it was dedicated to education and attracted more than 800 participants. The fourth international “Every Child Deserves a Family” forum was held in Moscow from 12 to 15 October 2015. That year the formulas focused on the topic of parents. Four days of lectures, seminars and master-classes were related to the overarching theme of “Parents and professionals: Working together with purpose”.

The forum is organised by the Naked Heart Foundation.

  • 2 October
    10:00 - 11:00
    Participant registration
    10:00 - 11:00
    Coffee break to welcome the participants
    11:00 - 12:00
    Opening of the Forum
    12:00 - 14:00
    Plenary session
    12:00 - 12:45 Plenary presentation 1:
    Moderators: Svyatoslav Dovbnya and Tatiana Morozova, Naked Heart Foundation experts, St. Petersburg
    Every Child Deserves a Family. Plans, outlook and Naked Heart projects.
    Anastasia Zalogina, President of the Naked Heart Foundation, Moscow

    12:45 - 14:00 Plenary presentation 2:
    Moderator: Anastasia Zalogina, President of the Naked Heart Foundation, Moscow
    Update on interventions for children with autism and other disorders
    Prof. Connie Kasari, PhD, Professor of Human Development and Psychology, UCLA, Los Angeles, USA
    14:00 - 14:15
    Presentation of the content of the workshops
    14:15 - 15:00
    Lunch
    15:00 - 18:00
    Workshop 1. Diagnosis and Management for Children with Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Dyslexia and Tourette Syndrome
    Moderator: Svyatoslav Dovbnya, child neurologist, Naked Heart Foundation expert, St Petersburg

    Prof. James T. McCracken, Professor of Child Psychiatry, Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioural Sciences, UCLA Semel Institute, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, USA
    15:00 - 18:00
    Workshop 2. The camp environment as a training site for evidence-based practices in autism
    Moderator: Kathleen Mo Taylor, OTR/L, Centre for Development and Disability /Autism Programme, University of New Mexico, USA

    1. The camp environment as a training site for evidence-based practices in autism
    Kathleen Mo Taylor, OTR/L, Centre for Development and Disability /Autism Programme, University of New Mexico, USA
    2. Experience of camp work as a platform for professional development
    Tatiana Shipovnikova, special education teacher, Naked Heart Family Support Centre, Nizhny Novgorod
    3. Experience sharing knowledge and strategies under the Summer with Purpose project in Chelyabinsk Region
    Elena Zhernova, Director of Zvezdny dozhd (“Stars Rain”) organisation, Chelyabinsk
    4. Video screening: Summer with Purpose 2017
    5. Group work
    15:00 - 18:00
    Workshop 3. Evidence-based programmes for children with FASD in families and foster care
    Moderator: Tatiana Morozova, clinical psychologist, Naked Heart Foundation expert, St Petersburg

    1. Introduction to the complexities of evaluation and treatment Magnitude of the problem in the social welfare system
    Dr Dana E. Johnson, MD, PhD, Professor of Paediatrics, Divisions of Neonatology and Global Paediatrics, Adoption Medicine Programme, University of Minnesota, USA
    2. Treatment across the lifespan for persons with FASD
    Dr Amelia Burgess Milbank, MD, MPH, Park Nicollet Paediatrics, Health Partners Medical Toxicology Fellow, University of Minnesota, USA
    3. Evidence-based programmes for children with FASD in families and foster care
    Dr Jeffrey R. Wozniak, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Minnesota, USA
    4. Panel discussion Moderator: Elena Alshanskaya
    15:00 - 18:00
    Workshop 4. Children with ASD in educational establishments
    Moderators: Larisa Nesterova, educational psychologist, School No. 46, “RIM Centre”, St Petersburg, and Ilya Markov, educational psychologist, Naked Heart Family Support Centre, Nizhny Novgorod

    1. Using evidence-based practices in the process of developing and implementing a Special Individual Development Programme
    Alena Bobrikova, Ekaterina Petrova, School No. 46, “RIM Centre”, St Petersburg
    2. Assessing communication in children with ASD
    Daria Zhukova, special education teacher, Naked Heart Family Support Centre, Nizhny Novgorod
    3. What kind of knowledge and skills should tutors assisting children with ASD in school have, and why?
    Anastasia Kozorez, Senior Coordinator, Laboratory for Technologies to Support Children with ASD, Moscow Centre for Psychology and Education
    4. Preparing first-graders with ASD for school. Working with undesirable behaviour
    Natalia Voinova, educational psychologist, School No. 56, Nizhny Novgorod
    5. Sensory Integration approaches for children with ASD at school
    Tatiana Lyubeznova, adapted physical education instructor, Naked Heart Family Support Centre, Nizhny Novgorod
    16:30 - 17:00
    Coffee Break
  • 3 October
    10:00 - 12:00
    Plenary Session
    10:00 - 11:15 Plenary presentation 1:
    Moderator: Tatiana Morozova, clinical psychologist, Naked Heart Foundation expert, St Petersburg
    Diagnosis and management for children with ADHD
    Prof. James T. McCracken, Professor of Child Psychiatry, Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioural Sciences, UCLA Semel Institute, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, USA

    11:15 – 12:00 Plenary presentation 2:
    Moderator: Anastasia Zalogina, President of the Naked Heart Foundation, Moscow
    Supporting adolescents and young people with ASD
    Lyubov Arkus, President of the Vykhod (“Way Out”) Foundation, St Petersburg, founder of the Anton's Right Here Centre, St Petersburg
    12:00 - 12:30
    Presentation of the content of the workshops
    12:30 - 13:30
    Lunch
    13:30 - 17:30
    Workshop 1. Evidence-based early intervention for core deficits of joint attention and play
    Moderator: Tatiana Morozova, clinical psychologist, Naked Heart Foundation expert, St Petersburg

    Prof. Connie Kasari, PhD, Professor of Human Development and Psychology, UCLA, Los Angeles, USA
    13:30 - 17:30
    Workshop 2. How to move towards success as a young adult with a disability
    Moderator: Kathleen Mo Taylor, OTR/L, Centre for Development and Disability /Autism Programme, University of New Mexico, USA

    How to move towards success as a young adult with a disability
    Kathleen Mo Taylor, OTR/L, Centre for Development and Disability /Autism Programme, University of New Mexico, USA
    Sean King, young adult with ASD, New Mexico, USA
    13:30 - 17:30
    Workshop 3. Evidence-based treatment for children in foster care
    Moderator: Svyatoslav Dovbnya, child neurologist, Naked Heart Foundation expert, St Petersburg

    1. Evolution of the foster care system
    Dr Dana E. Johnson, MD, PhD, Professor of Paediatrics, Divisions of Neonatology and Global Paediatrics, Adoption Medicine Programme, University of Minnesota, USA
    2. Cognitive and emotional development in high-risk children
    3. Principals of intervention for high-risk children in foster care
    Dr Jeffrey R. Wozniak, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Minnesota, USA
    Dr Amelia Burgess Milbank , MD, MPH, Park Nicollet Paediatrics, Health Partners Medical Toxicology Fellow, University of Minnesota, USA
    4. Panel discussion Moderator: Elena Alshanskaya
    13:30 - 17:30
    Workshop 4. Supporting kids with communication and behavioural challenges in school settings
    Moderators: Lyudmila Ivanova, teacher, School No. 46, St Petersburg, and Ilya Markov, educational psychologist, Naked Heart Family Support Centre, Nizhny Novgorod

    1. Features of the teaching and learning process for children with ASD in the context of inclusive education
    Lilia Kolpakova, Belaya Vorona (“White Crow”) Centre, Moscow
    2. Evolution of communication devices in the process of establishing and developing speech
    Alla Gorlanova, Larisa Bryleva, School No. 46, “RIM Centre”, St Petersburg
    3. Modern technologies for teaching children with ASD in school: five years of experience
    Olga Korneva, educational psychologist, Residential School No. 95, Nizhny Novgorod
    4. Including children with ASD in the mainstream education system in Voronezh Region. Year three of the project: challenges and issues
    Dina Chirkova, Coordinator, Voronezh Educational Development Institute, Voronezh
    15:30 - 16:00
    Coffee Break
  • 4 October
    10:00 - 12:00
    Plenary session
    10:00-11:15 Plenary presentation 1:
    Moderator: Svyatoslav Dovbnya, child neurologist, Naked Heart Foundation expert, St Petersburg
    Effective strategies for promoting complex social play in children with autism
    Thomas S. Higbee, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA, professor in the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation, director, ASSERT Autism Programme, Utah State University, USA

    11:15-12:15 Plenary presentation 2:
    Moderator: Anastasia Zalogina, President of the Naked Heart Foundation, Moscow
    Evidence-based support programmes for children with developmental disabilities used in Naked Heart projects
    Svyatoslav Dovbnya and Tatiana Morozova, Naked Heart Foundation experts, Moscow
    12:00 - 12:30
    Presentation of the content of the workshops
    12:30 - 13:30
    Lunch
    13:30 - 17:30
    Workshop 1. Best practices for conducting behavioural interventions for problem behaviour
    Moderator: Tatiana Morozova, clinical psychologist, Naked Heart Foundation expert, St Petersburg

    Nathan Call, PhD, BCAB-D, Interim Clinical Director, Marcus Autism Centre, Associate Professor, Department of Paediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine, USA
    13:30 - 17:30
    Workshop 2. Family-centred programmes for children with motor disabilities
    Moderators: Svyatoslav Dovbnya, child neurologist, Naked Heart Foundation expert, St Petersburg, and Dr Marybeth Barkocy, PT, DPT, PCS, Assistant Professor, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Centre, Division of Physical Therapy, USA

    1. Family-centred programmes for children with motor disabilities
    Dr Marybeth Barkocy, PT, DPT, PCS, Assistant Professor, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Centre, Division of Physical Therapy, USA
    Svyatoslav Dovbnya, child neurologist, Naked Heart Foundation expert, St Petersburg
    2. Model of providing support to children with motor disabilities. Implementing a multidisciplinary approach
    Valentina Zherebtsova, Director, Centre for Child Psychoneurology, Tula
    3. Cerebral palsy: evidence-based practice
    Ekaterina Klochkova, doctor, physical therapist, Director of Physical Rehabilitation organization, St Petersburg
    4. А-ТЕСН project: support and training programme for families of children with severe motor and multiple developmental disabilities. Experience of developing a project in collaboration with parents.
    Irma Dzhaoshvili, clinical psychologist, Physical Rehabilitation organization, St Petersburg
    Aleksandra Urvacheva, physical therapist, specialist in adaptive physical education, Physical Rehabilitation organization, St Petersburg
    5. The Sure Start programme: how to create a model for an evidence-based early intervention programme
    Ekaterina Gorina, psychologist, supervisor in the Sure Start programme, Centre for Curative Pedagogics, Moscow
    Collaborators: Natalia Belyaeva, Anna Luchnikova, supervisors in the Sure Start programme, Centre for Curative Pedagogics, Moscow
    13:30 - 17:30
    Workshop 3. Multidisciplinary approach to children entering foster care
    Moderator: Dr Dana E. Johnson, MD, PhD, Professor of Paediatrics, Divisions of Neonatology and Global Paediatrics, Adoption Medicine Programme, University of Minnesota, USA

    1. Multidisciplinary approach to children entering foster care. Initial screening
    Dr Dana E. Johnson, MD, PhD, Professor of Paediatrics, Divisions of Neonatology and Global Paediatrics, Adoption Medicine Programme, University of Minnesota, USA
    2. Comprehensive evaluation of children in foster care
    Amelia Burgess Milbank, MD, MPH, Park Nicollet Paediatrics, Health Partners Medical Toxicology Fellow, USA
    Dr. Jeffrey R. Wozniak, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Minnesota, USA
    3. Panel discussion. Moderator: Maria Ternovskaya
    13:30 - 17:30
    Workshop 4. Supporting families of young children with ASD in low- and middle-income countries
    Moderators: Anastasia Zalogina, President of the Naked Heart Foundation, Moscow, and Ilya Markov, educational psychologist, Naked Heart Family Support Centre

    1. Supporting families of young children with ASD - analysis of existing programmes
    John-Joe Dawson-Squibb, Department of Psychiatry, University of Cape Town, South Africa
    2. Flying to the rescue right on time
    Natalia Chelmakina, coordinator of the Early Intervention Programme, Anton's Right Here Centre, St Petersburg
    Svetlana Radionova, psychologist, preschool education department, School No. 25, St Petersburg, EarlyBird programme trainer
    Olha Pukhova, mother of a child with ASD, graduate of the EarlyBird programme
    3. Implementation of the EarlyBird programme. Factors for success
    Ekaterina Sotova, educational psychologist, Naked Heart Family Support Centre, Nizhny Novgorod
    4. EarlyBird: first flight in Moscow
    Elena Krivonosova, educational psychologist, Moscow Centre for Psychology and Education
    Maria Savvateeva, educational psychologist, Moscow Centre for Psychology and Education
    15:30 - 16:00
    Coffee break
  • 5 October
    10:00 - 10:30
    Closure of the Forum
    10:30 - 11:00
    Presentation of the content of the workshops
    11:00 - 12:15
    Plenary session
    Moderator: Svyatoslav Dovbnya, child neurologist, Naked Heart Foundation expert, St Petersburg

    Current research on the treatment of problem behaviours exhibited by children and adolescents with ASD
    Nathan Call, PhD, BCAB-D, Interim Clinical Director, Marcus Autism Centre, associate professor, Department of Paediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine, USA
    12:30 - 13:30
    Lunch
    13:30 - 17:00
    Workshop 1. Cases of the successful integration of people with ASD
    Moderator: Zoya Popova, Executive Director, Anton’s Right Here Centre, St Petersburg

    1. The tooth fairy for children with special needs: three steps to trust
    Evgenia Malykhina, senior children’s dentist, Moscow
    2. The joy of therapeutic sports: why children with ASD and their parents need alpine skis and roller skates
    Anna Shilova, Director of the “Dream Ski” project, Moscow
    3. Adults with autism in the museum: experience of the Hermitage
    Ilya Ermolayev, Assistant Director, Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg
    4. Inclusive theatre project as a means of socialisation: expectations and reality
    Elena Vozmisheva, marketing specialist, Social Projects Coordinator, Ekaterinburg Youth Theatre
    5. First-person perspective - How I searched for and found a job
    Andrei Kazemirchuk, Archiving Manger, interregional charitable organization for persons with disabilities and pensioners, the Hesed Avraham Jewish Welfare Centre, St Petersburg,
    Tatiana Narizhnyaya, Senior Consultant, “Rabota-i” centre for the employment of adolescents leaving children’s homes and young people with special needs, St Petersburg
    6. Employment of people with ASD and raising public awareness. Pasparta Publishing House.
    Martin Marik, Executive Director, Pasparta Publishing House, Libčice nad Vltavou, Czech Republic
    13:30 - 17:00
    Workshop 2. ASSERT programme for preschoolers with ASD in US and Russia
    Moderator: Tatiana Morozova, clinical psychologist, Naked Heart Foundation Expert, St Petersburg

    ASSERT programme for preschoolers with ASD in US and Russia
    Thomas S. Higbee, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA, Professor, Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation, Director, ASSERT Autism Programme, Utah State University, USA
    1. Working with undesirable behaviour in the framework of the ASSERT programme
    Elena Litova, social skills teacher, Naked Heart Family Support Centre, Nizhny Novgorod
    2. Successes and challenges of the ASSERT programme in early intervention services
    Svetlana Mitrofanova, Director, Early Intervention Resource Centre for Children with ASD, Nizhny Novgorod
    3. Use of the ASSERT programme to prepare a group for school
    Olga Batygina, social care teacher, Naked Heart Family Support Centre, Nizhny Novgorod
    4. Learning by doing: organisation of the ASSERT service in Moscow
    Aleksandra Goman, coordinator in the department for the implementation of Federal State Educational Standards, Moscow Centre for Psychology and Education
    Collaborators: Anna Zhukova, Elena Dugina, Valentina Panioti, Maria Beloglazova, Anna Zenina
    13:30 - 17:00
    Workshop 3. Intimacy, sexuality and disability
    Moderator: Svyatoslav Dovbnya, child neurologist, Naked Heart Foundation Expert, St Petersburg

    Intimacy, sexuality and disability
    Christopher S. Calder MD, PhD, Chair Neurology, Associate Professor of Neurology, Department of Neurology, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Centre, USA
    Marybeth Barkocy, PT, DPT, PCS, Assistant Professor, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Centre, Division of Physical Therapy, USA
    13:30 - 17:00
    Workshop 4. Access to education, social integration – legal aspects
    Moderators: Elena Zablotskis, Pavel Kantor, lawyers at the Centre for Curative Pedagogics, Moscow

    1. Individual rehabilitation and habilitation programme: what's new?
    Elena Zablotskis, Pavel Kantor, lawyers at the Centre for Curative Pedagogics, Moscow
    2. School-based education: what rights and responsibilities are ensured and required by the Psychological-Medical-Pedagogical Commission?
    Elena Zablotskis, lawyer at the Centre for Curative Pedagogics, Moscow
    3. Experience of interaction between a charitable organisation and a state school for the purposes of creating the right conditions for providing education to children with severe and complex developmental disabilities
    Nadezhda Shumskaya, PhD Psychology, senior lecturer, head of the “School for All” project, Perspektivy (“Perspectives”) organisation, St Petersburg
    Lyudmila Nenasheva, Director of School No. 131, St Petersburg
    4. Discussion with the Forum participants
    5. Life after school: legal aspects
    Elena Zablotskis, Pavel Kantor, lawyers at the Centre for Curative Pedagogics, Moscow
    6. Discussion with representatives from the centre for social adaptation and professional preparation for young people with ASD and severe mental disabilities, Moscow Technical College No. 21, Centre for Curative Pedagogics and Zhiznenny put (“Life Journey”) foundation to support people with disabilities
    15:00 - 15:30
    Coffee break

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