Conference: ICEVI-Europe - The development of social and emotional skills in young children with visual impairments

Thursday, April 23, 2020 to Friday, April 24, 2020 Leuven, Belgium

The upcoming ICEVI-Europe Professional Interest Group Early Intervention Conference will be held in Leuven, Belgium on the 23th and 24th of April 2020.

The title and General theme of the conference will be: The development of social and emotional skills in young children with visual impairments

From birth of onwards a meaningful and valuable relationship develops between parents and their baby.

This attachment relationship is a growth process, in which the bond between parents and child ideally keeps on growing stronger. Both parents and child get to know each other better. They learn to understand each other and learn to adjust their behaviour to each other’s need. For the child, the attachment relationship with his parents forms the foundation for all his social interactions later in life.

Step-by-step parents guide their child to a life in the wider community, outside of the family. Over development into (young) adulthood, the number of relationships children develop and maintain with meaningful others gradually expands. Well-developed social and emotional skills may help children to manage this challenging task.

But what if a baby or child cannot see or at least not see enough?

What is the impact of vision on this important aspect in the development of a child?

What role can the wider social network of the child and its family play in the child’s social and emotional development? And how can the professional network provide the appropriate support to these families?

For full details, including keynote speeches and registration, see the conference website.