Projects focused on “Children with special needs”

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“Children with autism spectrum disorder”

A research group of the department of defectology and clinical psychology in the Institute of Psychology and Education (A.I. Akhmetzyanova, a head of the department; A.A. Tvardovskaya, a senior lecturer; I.A. Nigmatullina, a senior lecturer; I.V. Krotova, a senior lecturer; K.V. Pyrkova, a senior lecturer; V.Yu. Dadakina, an assistant) carry out a project called “Development and realization of the adaptive preschool curriculum for autistic children”. As a consequence, recently KFU has become a federal innovative centre being recognized by Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation. At the first stage, academics from the department estimate the quality of the organizations involved with autistic children; they also study the psychophysiological development of autistic children, the improvement of their social and adaptive potential and the difficulties of their socialization. In addition, scientists of KFU work on the integrated database of modern methods and strategies to diagnose autism spectrum disorders and treating programmes to support autistic children. The first stage results will be presented on the VII International Research conference “Autism: Challenges and solutions” in Moscow from 8th to 10th of April 2019.

Adaptive resources and the conditions to socialize children with special needs

The research group of the department of defectology and clinical psychology (A.I. Akhmetzyanova, a head of the department; T.V. Artem’eva, a senior lecturer; A.A. Tvardovskaya, a senior lecturer; A.T. Kurbanova, a senior lecturer) have designed a multidimensional theoretical model containing regulative, cognitive, and communicative aspects. This model also allows analyzing primary children’ abilities to anticipate future in the different social environments. Furthermore, the researchers have invented a valid diagnostic instrument “The abilities of children with social difficulties to anticipate future”. This instrument would assess the abilities of children with vision impairment, hearing, speech and muscle-skeleton disorders to anticipate future events.

Pilot research of this instrument was conducted with primary school children who have dysontogenesis. As a result, the research group created a monography “Studies on disability: International theoretical, empirical and didactic experiences” collaborating with the colleagues from Academy of Special Education (Poland).  These results were presented at the second international conference in Belgrade.

Another research collaboration is going to be with colleagues from the Republic of China. And results of this partnership will be presented on XVI European Congress of Psychology (Moscow, 2nd-5th of July, 2019).

Grants from the Russian Foundation for Basic Research:

Primary school children with special needs and their abilities to anticipate future: preventing deviation № 17-16-16004-ОГН (2017-2018);

Children with special needs and the abilities to anticipate future as a way for their socialization: structured model №19-013-00251 А (2019-2021).