October 16, 2009
Special needs practitioners coming to train teachers, parents and challenged children

Four special needs practitioners will visit St. Vincent to conduct special needs training with challenged children, their teachers and parents.{{more}}

The practioners are from England and will be in the state from October 18 to 31, 2009.

Marie-Louise Feeley, a teacher in Special Schools, will lead training sessions on Autism; Jess Haslam, Head of Integrated Services for disabled children, specializes in Hearing Impairment. Catherine Porter, speech and language therapist, will lead on Speech and language, while Joanne Whithead, Product development officer for parents and careers of disabled children and young people, will lead training sessions on Parent training and support.

The two week long activities will include visits to the Helping Hands Centre and the Kingstown School for Special Needs. Teachers and Parents will also receive training pertaining to behavioral challenges in autism and effective communication with the hearing impaired and other disabled children.

The activities will commence with an opening ceremony which will take place on Monday, October 19, 2009, at the Frenches House.