OUR PSYCHO-EDUCATIONAL SERVICES

We believe in one environment for all. Children and adults with disabilities and those without should learn, work, and play together. This kind of inclusivity cuts across societal boundaries. It requires education to realize. With education; cultures, beliefs, behaviors, and standard practices can be changed. As a group of multidisciplinary experts; we teach, serve, and support persons with disabilities and those who support them. We practice inclusivity daily, and we work with everyone — families, caregivers, teachers, employers, friends, beneficiaries!

ENHANCE-ENRICH

Assessment & Recommendations - Informed Guidance

We provide support for persons with disabilities. Through assessment we learn as much as possible about each child's abilities and needs. Then we develop individually-tailored action plans that enhance their care. This helps parents to better understand and interact with their child. It helps teachers better support their students, and it helps caregivers provide better care. Everyone in a child’s sphere is affected positively — family, teachers, caregivers — but especially the child.

ELEVATE

Curriculum Improvement & Professional Development

We elevate the content of university programs by organizing, offering, and overseeing clinical training opportunities for students. Students are therefore able to put theory into practice at partnering day centers. We also collaborate with Health Palace in a series of clinical training classes in a hospital setting. To further expand its impact, MAC partnered with Tbilisi State University in the development of online coursework for both students and professionals on problem behavior and behavior management.

SHARE

Community in Practice

We believe in building a community of learners. We embrace the idea that by working together the quality of care across Georgia improves faster. Through our psycho-educational services, we actively share tools and knowledge that energizes this process. For example, MAC normed and introduced the first non-verbal intelligence test to Georgia. We then offered this tool to the Ministry of Education and other professionals for their use.

SERVICES

MAC’s psychologists provide psycho-educational evaluations of children with various special needs and/or disabilities. Evaluations of children with special needs are crucial for identifying their strengths and weaknesses. Our assessments offer recommendations for parents and service providers on effective teaching and behavior management strategies. We offer our services free of cost to Georgian day centers as well as families whose income level falls below the poverty line.

MAC's psychologists offer free consultations to Georgian public schools on how to design, develop, and equip their special education resource room.  We'll work with special teachers and school administrators to consider student needs and then offer recommendations on materials and strategies for creating a room that is conducive to learning and growth.

MAC is here to help your child succeed, both in the classroom and beyond. We'll work with you, your child, and the school to develop a thorough understanding of your child's strengths and needs and then develop an approach that is designed specifically for his or her needs. We're here and ready to assist.

The right match is important and MAC understands how crucial consistency is in developing and fostering a successful student-to-specialist relationship. MAC strives to provide each child with a support specialist that is right for him or her. Skilled in their field, MAC's specialists receive ongoing support and guidance from our experienced international team and resources. Whether it is an in-class or pull-out service, our specialists are prepared and equipped to help your child.

HOTLINE
+0 001 200 202

TRAININGS

Number of days/hours: 3 days; 4½ hours/day

Description: This training explores problem behaviors and introduces effective behavior management strategies. We recommend this training to parents and family members, teachers, and any professional/para-professional working in the field of education and/or child protection.

Certification: Certification will be awarded to those who attend each day of training and score a minimum of 80% on the final test.

Number of days/hours: 1 day; 8 hours

Description: Designed for laymen in the field of disabilities, this training is perfect for government representatives or those wishing to gain a better understanding of the needs in the field. Over the course of a full day, we’ll discuss general disability issues, specific medical needs, sensory disorders, emotional issues, and adaptive equipment.

Certification: A certificate will be presented to all those who attend the entire day of training.

Number of day/hours: 5 days; 4½ hours/day

Description:   This training provides an overview of disabilities, special educational needs, and effective intervention strategies to professionals working within the field of special education, as well as family members and anyone interested in the field. The training explores topics on developmental disorders, special educational needs, sensory and physical disabilities, emotional issues, teaching of basic academic skills, individual educational plans, and behavior management strategies.

Certification: Certification will be provided to those who attend a minimum of 90% of the total training and score of at least 80% on the final exam.

Number of day/ hours: 4 days; 4½ hours/day

Description: Similar to our Inclusive Education training, this course is modified to address the specific needs of children, ages 0-7, and is thus ideal for kindergarten and early intervention professionals. Beyond the standard Inclusive Education curriculum, this training addresses developmental norms and disorders, play and child development, emotional issues, and behavior management strategies.

Certification: Certification will be awarded to those who attend each day of training and score a minimum of 80% on the final test.

Number of days/hours: 3 days; 4½ hours/day

Description: Designed specifically for teachers and other educational professionals, this training focuses on writing and implementing Individual Education Plans (IEPs) in accordance with school regulations. During the course, we focus on both theoretical and practical components. Trainees are first provided with background information on special education needs and inclusive education before being introduced to the fundamental principles of developing an IEP. We then offer hands-on, guided experience as we work with each participant in creating an effective IEP, followed by a discussion on how best to implement it.

Certification: Certification will be awarded to those who attend each day of training and score a minimum of 80% on the final test.

Number of days/hours: First part: 4 days; 4 ½ hours/day — Second part: 3 days; 4½ hours/day

Description: Accredited by the Georgian Ministry of Labor, Health, and Social Affairs; this training is designed for newly formed day centers with no prior experience and for existing centers seeking to strengthen their overall knowledge and service provision. Consisting of two parts, it provides the foundational knowledge and skills necessary for centers and their employees to provide high quality care to children with disabilities. Topics during the seven days of intensive training include an introduction to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRD) and the Convention on Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), as well as instruction in the following areas: Understanding developmental disorders and norms, sensory deficits, individual plan development/implementation, habilitation-rehabilitation strategies, case management, behavior and emotional issues, behavior management strategies, independent learning skills development, sensory integration techniques, and seating and positioning.

Certification: A certificate will be presented to all those who attend each day of training and score a minimum of 80% on the final test.

Number of days/hours: 4 days; 4½ hours

Description: Designed to present evidence-based classroom teaching strategies, this course also dedicates time towards the development of individual educational plans (IEPs). Focusing primarily on reading, writing, and arithmetic; the course assists trainees to better assess the learning level of their students, regardless of ability, and then to create and implement an effective individual learning plan as needed. This training is for both special education teachers and mainstream elementary school teachers. It is also beneficial for parents who are interested in learning how to better support their children academically.

Certification: Certification will be awarded to those who attend each day of training and score a minimum of 80% on the final test.

HOTLINE
+0 001 200 202

ONLINE TRAININGS

Number of sessions: 5

Description: This training explores problem behaviors and introduces effective behavior management strategies. We recommend this training to parents and family members, teachers, and any professional/para-professional working in the field of education and/or child protection. After each session, a short series of questions must be answered, with 70% accuracy. Trainees may then access the next session. A final exam will follow upon completion of all five sessions with their questions.

Certification: Certification will be awarded to those who score a minimum of 80% on the final exam.

Number of sessions: 13

Description:   This training provides an overview of disabilities, special educational needs, and effective intervention strategies to professionals working within the field of special education, as well as family members and anyone interested in the field. The training explores topics on developmental disorders, special educational needs, sensory and physical disabilities, emotional issues, teaching of basic academic skills, individual educational plans, and behavior management strategies. After each session, a short series of questions must be answered, with 70% accuracy. Trainees may then access the next session. A final exam will follow upon completion of all thirteen sessions with their questions.

Certification: Certification will be provided to those who score at least 80% on the final exam.