At the initiative of the Faculty of Special and Inclusive Education a roundtable discussion entitled "Issues of Pedagogical and Psychological Support of Persons with SEN" was held at ASPU on December 21.
The event brought together specialists of the field, including Armine Stepanyan Zambre, a clinical psychologist at the Center of Mental Health in San Fernando.
Siranush Karapetyan, Dean of the Faculty of Special and Inclusive Education, emphasized the exchange of experience between specialists on problems of people with developmental disorders, noting that the aim of the meeting is to identify current problems and challenges in the pedagogical and psychological context.
Professor Karapetyan added that they will focus on the medical component too. it is thanks to this trinity that problems of those persons are revealed and identified, their needs are assessed and the right support is organized.
Further on, Siranush Karapetyan presented the activity of the Faculty and Chairs, specialties, narrow specializations and educational programmes.
The speaker says with regret that the Faculty is the only institution in the region that trains special education professionals, while, according to the World Health Organization the number of persons with SEN is increasing in the world.
The dean of the Faculty also referred to the international relations of the Faculty, mobility of professors and students within various programmes, exchange programmes, stressing the importance of knowledge of a foreign language in that context. "I am sure that the meeting will be beneficial for the parties to discuss the challenges in the field, listen to new approaches and find joint solutions to problems," Siranush Karapetyan said.
Armine Stepanyan Zambre thanked Siranush Karapetyan for sharing comprehensive information about the Faculty, then presented her professional activity and experience in the Armenian community of Los Angeles, where she works with adults as a clinical psychologist.
She says the Armenian community in LA also faces such problems: she thinks that cooperation with the Faculty will be mutually beneficial.
She emphasized the importance of cooperation between Armenian specialists in Armenia and the USA, even in a remote format; it will contribute to helping the Armenian community in working with people with special needs or developmental disabilities.
During the meeting, Associate Professor Alina Manukyan dwelt on problems of diagnosing the fears of children with autism, and Associate Professor Andranik Stepanyan spoke about the philosophy of inclusive education.
The meeting was followed by an active discussion and a Q&A session.