Possibilities in the field of early childhood intervention
International professional conference
Organized by the 20-year old Early Intervention Center of Budapest
Scheduled date: October 29-31 2012

The rate of all aspects of development is the fastest in the first years of a child’s life. This holds true for all children, whether they develop in a typical or in a different way or whether they are vulnerable to impaired development.
Early childhood intervention aims at providing comprehensive assistance to affected children as well as their families during the early stages of life. Over the past decades, the experiences obtained by professionals both in Hungary and overseas as well as the needs communicated by parents of differently developing children have made it clear that in order to perform early childhood intervention with the highest possible effectiveness, children must be diagnosed accurately as early as possible, the services of early childhood intervention must be comprehensive, continuous and of high quality and treatment must be customized to the needs of the family and the living environment.
The primary goal of our conference is to examine whether we are actually doing all we can to assist children in need of early intervention during the first and most formative period of their lives.
We intend to explore international experiences and research results, present domestic and special regional practices along with specifically Hungarian forms of therapy. We are to follow the process of early childhood intervention from diagnosis and screening all the way to actual treatment, taking into consideration the perspectives of both parents and professionals and looking into the aspects of teamwork and of partnership between the parent and the professional.
We plan to invite renowned international experts as well as representatives of Hungarian and regional methodologies, research projects and institutions. In accordance with the interdisciplinary approaches of early childhood intervention, we are also looking forward to receiving applications – either as speakers or as visitors – from professionals working in the areas of health-care, education and social welfare.

Tentative Program
29 October 2012 – Plenary session

10:00-10:30 Film of 20years in 20 minutes, Introduction, ministerial opening
10:30-13:00 Keynote presentations
  • Samuel J. Meisels,Ed.D. President of the Erikson Institute, Chicago: Why the Early Years of Life Matter.
  • Malka Margalit, Ph.D, Head of the School of Behavior Sciences, Peres Academic Center, Professor Emeritus, Tel Aviv University: Coping and Hope in Early Intervention
  • Franz Peterander, Dr., Professor of psychology, Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich: Cumulative Environmental Risk and Early Child Development
14:30-17:00 – News from the research field
  • Miklós Szabó MD, PhD Neonatologist, Semmelweis University, Chairman of Hungarian Perinatal Society : Novel interventions in the treatment of neonatal hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy 
  • Zack Boukydis, PhD, Fullbright Fellow, & Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Semmelweis University Budapest, Visiting Professor, Eotvos Lorand University: Collaborative Consultation with Parents and Preterm Infants: New Advances in Ultra Early Intervention
  • Gyorgy Gergely, PhD, DSc, Professor of Psychology, Central European University, Budapest: Impaired Sensitivity to Ostensive Signals of Communicative Intention in Autism Spectrum Disorder 

30 October – Paper Sessions
Session A: Problems in the communication between parents and specialists
Session B: Recognition of Specificities of Impaired Development and Behaviour on the Different Scenes of Early Childhood Assessments
Session C: Message of infant researches for natural and supporting pedagogy
Session D: Roles of special aftercare of preterm babies in the 21 century
Session E: Team around the autistic child – different perspectives, joint attention
Session F: Atypical Motor Development in Infancy and Early Childhood – Teamwork in Screening, Diagnostic and Rehabilitation Processes
Session G: Communication With or Without Language
Session H: Sensory impairments and early intervention
Posters Presentations

31 October – Plenary ClosingSession
  • 9:00-10:30 Summary of Sessions of the Conference 
  • 11:00-12:30 Closing presentation  

For more details please visit the conference website.