EURLYAID Newsletter July 2018


Dear members,

In this newsletter you will find information about the VET for EI project meeting, June 26-27 in Braga.

During this second project meeting:

1) Country reports were presented and discussed

2) A presentation was given by professionals during a visit to the Cerebral Palsy centre that is
    also involved in the local early intervention teams in Braga. 

3) The next project phase, the tasks for each partner to be performed, has been given extensive attention and was defined.

4) The next meeting in Birmingham was planned, both in time and on contents. During this
    meeting the first training course with/for physiotherapists will take place. The
    Physiotherapists will visit the Centre for Movement Disorders and have a tour of the
    Physiotherapy facilities at Birmingham City University’s new campus in Edgbaston. They
    will also have the opportunity to hear about the work of Birmingham City University’s
    Multiple Birth Centre and the relationship between multiple birth and Cerebral Palsy.

5) Participants also received their certificate of attendance. There was also some time for
    cultural visits in and around Braga as can be seen from the photos below:

For the next phase of the project a suite of online modules will be developed under pre-determined topics related to early intervention and these will be reviewed in Birmingham in November.  Each partner will develop a National Advisory Board who will help to review resources and materials and ensure integrity and rigour within the project.

Overview of modules in concept:

 Module 0: Introduction

0.1 The scope of the Project

0.2 The target groups of the project

0.3 The aim of the project

0.4 The basic concept of the project

0.5 Introduction to pediatric rehabilitation

0.6 The role of physiotherapy in EI


Module 1: Ethics

1.1 Ethical issues in EI

1.2 The convention on the rights of the child, CRPD

1.3 Code of ethics for EI (from Australia)

1.4 Seven ethics principles recommended for practice


Module 2: What is baby at risk? Which babies are at risk?

2.1 Definition of baby at risk

2.2 Definition risk for prenatal, natal, postnatal, maternal, environmental, socioeconomic of baby at risk

2.3 Developmental delays in baby at risk

2.4 Prognosis of babies at risk


Module 3:  Screening and assessment of the Development of Infants and Children (0-3 Years)

3.1 Screening and identification

3.2 Assessment of the family’s needs and social supports (Ecomap, etc.)

3.3 Functional assessment of the child in natural environments (RBI, SATIRE, …)

3.4 Assessment tools used as an holist developmental approach used;

3.4.1 Motor development

3.4.2 Sensory development

3.4.3 Language/Communication development

3.4.4 Cognitive development

3.4.5 Social/Emotional development

3.5 Developmental risks and results of assessment for an intervention plan


Module 4: Working with children and families in natural contexts

4.1Module of family/ children Interaction

4.2 Importance of joint attention and its application

4.3 The concept and principles of family centered approaches

4.4 Playing and learning in EI

4.5 Incidental teaching

4.6 Routines based Intervention

4.7 Parental support in EI (including social support)


Module 5: Transdisciplinary Model in Early Intervention

5.1 Types or content of the team in EI

5.2 Communication and interaction between the team members (including families)

5.3 ICF-CY and EI


Module 6: The Role of Physiotherapists in Early Intervention

6.1 Positioning and handling in EI

6.2 Arrangement and enrichment of the environment for creating opportunities for baby’s in their natural context

6.3 The use of toys/therapeutic equipment in EI

6.4 EI in low resources areas


We will keep you informed about the progress.  You also can follow us on our Facebook page: Eurlyaid-EAECI.