The video shows a chuckling baby and a father repeating the chuckle. There is a radiance in the baby's eyes. This is the golden gift that speaker Maria Aarts tells much about on this day. For what looks so commonplace at first glance is worth gold to the child. His message was understood and it receives an answer. When children experience that they are heard and seen in what they say and do, they experience self-confidence and develop their skills. This is especially important when the development opportunities of children are limited.
Dutch singer Maria Aarts has taken many thousands of shots like this during her career from children and parents. She uses them to make it clear that there is a possibility behind every developmental difficulty. Therefore, most video sequences are not about as rosy moments as at the beginning, but also show how it is possible to get in touch with children with autism or social abnormalities, as you do not always perceive children with Down syndrome in their slowness, but to adapt to their pace and then look at the successes. Recognizing these opportunities in dealing with children, and having the tools to activate development is the goal of the method, which introduced them to the 250 pedagogical professionals in day care, day care, early intervention and other pedagogical fields of activity. With Maria Aarts, the Caritas Association had won a real luminary in the field of curative education methods. The method is used in many occupational fields - getting it taught by the founder herself made the event a real highlight.
The lecture hall of the Westfälische Hochschule was occupied to the last seat. Above all, Gertrud Telahr and her team of Special Needs Education and Counseling for the Caritas Association were delighted with the great interest. Because they had invited to the Fachtag to celebrate their 40 anniversary. Instead of a ceremony, they had wished for this special day.
Because in the work of the special needs education Marte Meo is used again and again. Because in the 40 years of early intervention, the approach has changed from deficit to resource orientation. "In the past it was important to train the skills that were missing. Today, we start with what the child can do and work our way forward from there. For the children, this approach has the advantage of bringing many positive experiences. They are strengthened in their self-esteem, because they realize that they succeed something. So by working with what the child can and does, the exercises are fun and feel like a game to the child, not like training, "explains Telahr.
How to succeed in taking a look at both the child and the parent, which succeeds in spite of any delay in development, disability or conspicuousness, speaker Maria Aarts showed the attendees. For the specialists from child and youth welfare and / or therapeutic facilities there was concrete assistance for the everyday life, with which they can strengthen education and relationship competence. "If we do not help parents and children to realize their development potential and to make social investments, we will not break the helper spiral", emphasized Maria Aarts. Of course, it would not make institutionalized aid entirely redundant, but it could help create the greatest possible degree of autonomy.
With a suitcase full of golden gifts, moments of successful interaction, the participants went home in the evening.
The day was a complete success for the special education for early childhood education, which made us want more. So there will soon be a separate training series on the subject of Marte Meo.