Early intervention center “Lăstărel” provides family- and child-centered services

The early intervention center “Lăstărel” based in Criuleni provides family- and child-centered services. The family-centered services include the assessment of the family’s needs, strong and weak points, psychological counseling and training services for improving parenting skills. The child-centered services comprise the early identification of children who risk having developmental disorders, complex assessment of these and early stimulation services, Maria Moșneguț, pediatrician and coordinator of the center stated in a new session of discussions held as part of the national conference on inclusive education, IPN reports.

According to her, the center is well-outfitted with support equipment is situated in an accessible place. Its team consists of well-trained specialists. The specialists assist 60 children with developmental disorders or who are at risk for such disorders, while 100 parents are helped to develop the abilities of their children for realizing the maximum potential.

Ina Cazacu, project coordinator at the public association “Femeia și Copilul-Protecție și Sprijin” (“Woman and Child-Protection and Support”), said the center’s mission is to provide appropriate assistance at the opportune moment to each child with developmental disorders or who risk having such disorders and to offer the necessary support to the family or another legal representative of the child so as to fully realize the development potential of this.

According to her, the center was developed out of the need to bring the services closer to the beneficiaries, by optimizing the costs for the family, and because these services are the basic ring that ensures the educational inclusion of children with developmental disorders at the kindergarten stage. Also, the number of children of an early age who face developmental disorders has increased.

The early intervention center “Lăstărel” was founded by the public association “Femeia și Copilul-Protecție și Sprijin” in partnership with the Criuleni Heath Center and the District Council in 2019, with financial support from the EU. The center provides services for children younger than three with developmental disorders or who are at risk for such disorders and to their parents from the districts of Criuleni and Dubăsari.

The conference started on December 1 and will continue until December 10 and includes a number of webinars to present the results achieved in implementing the
inclusive education development program for 2011-2020.

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