TEACHERS PERCEPTIONS ABOUT THE TRAINING NEEDS OF PROFESSIONALS WORKING WITH CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE WITH COMPLEX AND INTENSE SUPPORT NEEDS

A. Candeias1, H. Rebelo2, M.J. Saragoça1, J. Lebeer1, C. Nunes1

1University of Évora (PORTUGAL)
2Research Center in Education and Psycology (PORTUGAL)
The project ENABLIN+ is an international partnership for the period of 01/01/2014 to 31/12/2016. It's addressed at the needs of children and youth with complex and intense support needs (CISN), their caregivers and supporters. It wants to develop a system of interdisciplinary in-service training, where professionals and parents of various professional backgrounds learn together, with the aim of improving inclusion, promoting de-institutionalisation and enhancing quality of life of the children with CISN, at various age levels. Enablin+ promotes an inclusive intervention, not only in social life but also in education.

In this article we use data collected with the «Questionnaire for professionals working with children and young people with permanent SEN». This questionnaire was available on the Internet through limesurvey platform, and was answered by 208 professionals, including 112 teachers.

Qualitative analysis of answers indicated that the most frequently mentioned topics were: ASD (autism spectrum disorders); Assessment tools; Early intervention; Educational legislation; Ethics; Families support; ICF; Intervention and communication with the familys; Intervention programs; Intervention strategies and communication with the familys; Parenting skills, ; Pedagogy; Quality of support; Risk assessment; SEN; Special education laws; Team work; Work with schools and family.