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Ms. Sok Dear Rozet introduces to Child Development and Disability.
The service needs of children with developmental disabilities are many, -occupational and speech therapy, activity for daily living, etc. But caregivers and professionals in Cambodia have no opportunity to gain knowledge and skills in the above areas, as there are no formal courses in these fields. Caritas-CCAMH has organized a workshop on “Working among children with developmental disabilities and their caregivers” from 16th to 20th December 2019 with the support of MAITS (Multi-Agency International Training and Support) from the UK. Currently, 25 participants from various organizations and schools (Male: 7, Female: 18) are benefitting from this workshop. At the end of this workshop, the staff working with children with neurodevelopmental disabilities (mainly cerebral palsy, intellectual disability, and autism) and their parents will be able to provide basic minimum care and refer them to appropriate sources for further help. A comprehensive manual is given to the participants in English with Khmer translation to guide and support them in their work. The Caritas-CCAMH team is considering to organize ‘master trainer courses’ in the future with the support of MAITS-UK.
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Dr. Shabnam Rangwala(second from right), Pediatric Occupational therapist, Introduce the MAITS training program
Dr. Shabnam Rangwala, Pediatric Occupational therapist, Mumbai said that capacity building is the key element for personal development as well as the growth of any sector in a country. Cambodia is rebuilding itself and it is good to see that Caritas Cambodia is taking several initiatives to build the capacity of its staff as well as other Health care providers working in the field of developmental disability in Cambodia. I am very grateful to CARITAS and the funder of this program MAITS, the UK for giving me this opportunity to share my knowledge with all the participants. This program developed by MAITS titled "Working with Children with Developmental Disability" has been designed to help Health Workers working with families and children in low resource settings. It provides a systematic step by step guide to Health worker son intervention strategies for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities.
It has been a pleasure to interact with all the trainees and learn about their previous experiences and help further their knowledge. I found the participants to be very interactive and some of them already had base knowledge about disability and its intervention strategies. My teachings tried to emphasize the need to look at interventions from a family-centered and functional approach. I look forward to this as being the first of future partnerships with Caritas and look forward to coming back for future training.
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Mr. Ali Punjani introduces "How to work with caregivers for feeding support" to the participants.
Mr. Ali Punjani, Speech & Language Therapist, Pakistan said that under developing countries are still struggling with rehabilitation services due to less trained professionals, quality training, appropriate supervision, and lack of resources. Cambodia is also one of the countries where people are not trained in speech & language therapy, feeding & swallowing therapy, occupational therapy, etc. This collaboration between Caritas and MAITS (Multi-Agency International Training and Support) was a big support for people working in Cambodia with children with disabilities. This training focused on characteristics of different neurodevelopmental disabilities (mainly cerebral palsy, intellectual disability, and autism), how to assess children with these conditions, when and whom to refer when they see certain characteristics, and how to train & guide a parent to work with them and increase their functionality in daily routine.
Participants were very motivated and active during the training session. Mode of communication was two-way interaction where all questions and queries were answered and practicum sessions enhanced their learning. Caritas staff did a wonderful job of translating all presentations and most of the manuals in the Khmer language which made it very easy for the participants to understand concepts. I loved the hospitality given to us by the people here and this trip Cambodia.
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Mr. Chhoy Sokchear(Second from right) Project assistant of YDP program, get a certificate after complete the training course.
Mr. Chhoy Sokchear Project assistant of YDP Program said that This training very important and relevant for Youth Development projects that are working for poor youths and complement the inclusive programs. Presently, the project cooperated with Caritas CCAMH to support disable youth as intellectual disabilities, Down syndrome, epilepsy…but we did not have experience and knowledge on this concept or social works.
After 05 days’ training with an experienced consultant, I have gained knowledge and experiences to serve clients in good quality and have ideas to address the issues with difficult youths/ trauma. Especially, it is helpful to make harmonize among normal youths and disable youths/trauma to empower them to have a voice and better skills to claim their rights of the people, especially the poor and marginalized are respected and integral human development is attained
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Mr. Sit Rin (Second from left) Youth Animator of YDP program, shared his experience during group practice.
Mr. Sit Rin in charge of Youth Animator of YDP Program said that After ending the training course for 5 days was launched on 16th to 20th December 2019 I have interested to share the knowledge of "Working among children with developmental disabilities and their caregivers" to the youth at YDP center.
This training very interested in the YDP project is working and supporting inclusive youths, in particular, we have cooperated with Caritas CCAMH to support disable youth as intellectual disabilities, Down syndrome, epilepsy. But so far, we did not know experience and knowledge about this concept.
I very appreciate after to learn from Trainer and Consultant who has experiences to provide us with special learning and practice to inclusive youths from NGO partner and Stakeholders. That’s why the training is a part of helping us as well as how to work and motivation, Physiotherapy, observing behavior changes and integrating or engagement between disabling youth with youth at vocational training. It’s most important for the Caritas-YDP project in purposing to help the general disable youths and promote inclusion in our project program.
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Caritas-CCAMH conducted workshop on “Working among Children with Developmental Disabilities and their Caregivers” in collaboration with Multi-Agency International Training and Support (MAITS), UK.
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Child assessment and using the MAITS Guide for parents.
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On-hand practice with children and caregivers at Caritas-CCAMH
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Trainees practice doing child assessment and using the MAITS manual for supporting the child.

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