This IBA-KDSP joint training is a professional development program that seeks to provide teachers, parents/caregivers, and educational specialists with knowledge and practical skills required to work with children with intellectual disabilities in mainstream schools, at home, social and other inclusive settings.
Learning Profile of Individuals with Down syndrome
Learning Profile of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Development of Individualized Educational Plans
Academic Modifications and Differentiation
General Behaviour Management in Classrooms
The certificate training will have six different sessions:
Session 1: Learning Profile Of Individuals with Down Syndrome
Session 2: Learning Profile Of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Session 3: Learning Profile Of Individuals with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Session 4: Academic Modifications and Differentiation
Session 5: Development of Individualized Education Plan
Session 6: General Behaviour Management in Classrooms
Kanza Abbasi is a Social Sciences and Liberal Arts (BSc.) grad from the Institute of Business Administration, Karachi. She has over 4 years of extensive experience in the field of mainstream, inclusive and special education.
She currently works as the Manager of the Education department at the Karachi Down Syndrome Program where she manages various education-related programs. She has also conducted research on best educational and inclusive practices for children with Down syndrome. She has drafted policy recommendations advocating for inclusion, and co-authored a research paper that investigated the impact of the pandemic induced virtual learning mode on young children with Down syndrome.
Farah Amanat is an MS Clinical Psychology from Government College University, Lahore. She has over 10 years of experience in the field of neurodevelopmental disorders. She currently works as a Senior Clinical Psychologist and Trainer at the ASD Welfare Trust, Lahore. She has attended several trainings from the UAE.
Dr Husna Albab
Dr. Husna Albab has done her graduation in Doctor of Physical Therapy from Azra Naheed Medical College, Lahore. She is currently pursuing her Master of Science in Neuro-Muscular Physical Therapy from The University of Lahore. She has five years of work experience with Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Currently she is working as Physiotherapist at ASD Welfare Trust, Lahore.
Bushra Amin is a Business (BSc.) grad from the University of London International Programmes and an International Development (MSc.) postgrad from SOAS, University of London. She has over 4 years of experience in early childhood intervention and strives for inclusion and acceptance.
She currently works as the Coordinator for the Early Preschool Experience Program (EPEP) at the Karachi Down Syndrome Program. She ensures the program runs smoothly and runs under trained facilitators. She collaborates with therapists at KDSP to develop and implement Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) to prepare students for a smooth transition to a mainstream school. In addition, she co-wrote a paper on "Learning Impact among Preschoolers with Down Syndrome in Virtual and Physical Setting - A Comparative Study". She believes that a primary caretaker's well-being matters most to support their child's growth and development. Therefore, she currently delivers timely sessions on shared issues parents of children with Down syndrome face during their child's early years.
Naureen Javed Hirani
Naureen has over 18 years of experience in the field of education, working with different organizations in different capacities; each experience uniquely enriching her knowledge and skills. She has completed her Masters in Teacher Education and has received a diploma in TEFL from AKU. Furthermore, she is certified in Applied Behavioral Analysis, and attended several short courses on topics relevant to inclusive education. She is also a training professional with extensive leadership in staff development, specifically in schools setting
Naureen has conducted a Research Project on the "Role of Occupational Therapy in promoting Inclusive Education in Pakistan". For her, this was a once in a life time opportunity that allowed her to work with the OTs of Brunel University London and OTs of DOW university Pakistan.
Naureen is currently working at the AMI School as the Director of Research and Development, where she is actively working towards promoting inclusive education in Pakistan. Some of her responsibilities include conducting training sessions for teachers and parents, guiding school systems on how to cater to SEN students efficiently, and working with the research team to disseminate the knowledge and ideas that promote inclusion in mainstream schools.
Syeda Zakia Rehman
Zakia Rehman is a Psychology and International Relations (BA.) grad from the PECHS College, Karachi. She is a position holder in her Master's program in Special Education from the University of Karachi.
Currently, Zakia is enrolled in her 2nd Masters in Behavior Sciences from the University of West Florida, USA.
Zakia has over 7 years of extensive experience in the field of mainstream, inclusive and special education.
She also currently works as the Behavior Therapist in the Healthcare department at the Karachi Down Syndrome Program where she conducts assessments, implements ABA therapy, develops behavior plans and assists various departments in dealing with challenging behaviors of children with Down syndrome.
Zakia is also working as an outreach Behavior Therapist with a center in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia where she conducts assessments, develops IEPs, trains ABA therapists and the parents of children with different behaviors.