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The 'Saint Barnabas' School for the Blind
Nicosia, Cyprus
 
 Psychological Support

The School for the Blind, amongst other services, offers psychological and counselling services not only to persons with visual impairment but to their families as well. These include:

 Children that attend the School

  • Individual attention is given each child, with regular follow-up sessions, which include to cooperation with the child, the educators and other persons involved in each particular case, so as to prevent or deal with any issues that arise.
  • Evaluation and development of an Individual Educational Programme, where necessary.

 Children that are to attend mainstream schools

  • Cooperation with the teacher in charge for the training of the child prior to his/her integration into the mainstream system.
  • Informing and supporting the school prior to the integration of the child.
  • Psychological support for the child and his/her family during the trial period of pre-integration.
 Children that already attend mainstream schools
  • These children are supported by a multidisciplinary team with the aim of preventing and confronting issues that arise at any time during their attendance at mainstream schools.
 Support of the Family
  • Counselling and psychological support provided for all members of the family.
 Support and counselling for adults with visual impairment
 Evaluation of children
  • Assessment of the learning and psychological needs of the child, either upon the request of the District Committee or whenever it is deemed necessary.
  • Cooperation with and referrals to other services such as Social Services, Educational Psychology, Child Psychiatry Departments, Hospitals, etc.
 Special Programmes
  • Early Intervention:Applied by a multidisciplinary team within the family framework on the birth of a child wiht Visual Impairment.
  • Development of life skills icnluding team work activities with the aim of developing skills necessary for the social integration of individuals with VI.

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