Educational conference in Bulgaria - June 2022

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The Erasmus+ SCR4Cleft project was presented at the traditional speech therapy Conference in Bulgaria - Albena 2022. The conference is being held for the eighth consecutive year. There were 120 delegates: speech therapists, psychologists, and teachers. The theme of this year's conference was "Social Challenges". The program included a one-hour Workshop on Speech, Communication and Resilience (SCR4Cleft) - an international project under the Erasmus+ program, developing a program to increase the qualifications of parents, health, and other specialists in the treatment of congenital cleft lips and/or palate. Fifty-three participants (53) joined the Workshop with interest. The structure of the project, the partners, the process of developing the learning materials, and the criteria for content validity were presented, and the possibility that any specialist could access and use these materials from the SCRE4Cleft project site was highlighted. Due to time constraints, participants were asked to select one of the modules to be presented in detail. Module 5 PROMOTING RESILIENCE IN CHILDREN AGED 4 – 11 YEARS was the most interesting for them. While looking at the content, some interesting questions arose. Experience has shown that when answering the questions, the most convincing is the reference to the specific experience of the activity of ALA - Association of Facial Anomalies and its work with courses for parents and specialists.

In 2023, the Proceedings of the Albena 2022 Conference will be published with material for the SCRE4Cleft project. This will enable professionals from different areas in Bulgaria to use the Modules and professionally consult children with clefts and their families. The project demonstrates how the qualifications of indirect treatment participants can be improved so that they can take on an important role in counseling using a series of evidence-based techniques that have been demonstrated to be helpful in promoting the development of communication skills and psychological resilience in children and families.

Reference number: 2019-1-NL01-KA202-060281

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