JULY 30 - 31, 2020 *


Registration is now closed

All seats are booked. Thank you for your interest!

* Due to the state of emergency in Bulgaria declared in relation to the spread of COVID-19, the conference will be held at the following new dates: July 30-31 2020. The venue and the program of the event will ramin the same.

A conference in a different format,
where we will not only be sharing but will also have the opportunity to practice.

Guest speakers

Guest speakers will be leading specialists from the USA, the Black Sea region and Bulgaria, working in the field of child health, early childhood intervention, autism, early childhood development policies and inclusive education.

The guest speakers will share effective approaches for early childhood development, intervention, early follow-up and inclusive practices.

Participants will be able to apply shared best practices in parallel practical sessions on both days.

Main highlights
- Child and family as a common focus of health professionals, therapists, special educators, pedagogical professionals, social service providers, parent organizations, for effective support of early childhood development and inclusion of children with special needs in the community

- Sharing effective methods for supporting early childhood development, intervention and inclusive practices

- Developing partnerships with organizations and professionals from the country and neighboring countries to share knowledge and experience in early childhood development and intervention
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Add to my Calendar 2020-03-30 9:00:00 2020-03-31 18:00:00 Europe/Sofia International Practical Conference - Karin Dom EFFECTIVE APPROACHES FOR SUPPORT OF EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT AND CROSS-SECTOR COOPERATION Varna, Bulgaria Karin Dom

Our Speakers

The main topics of the conference

The conference will be two days long and will include a rich lecture program and workshops. The full program will be announced soon.

View the full program of the conference here >


09:00 am


10:00 am

Child Health Lecture Panel

10:30 am

Effective approaches in Early Childhood Development and Intervention Lecture Panel

01:00 pm

Parallel practical sessions

Parent-Mediated Intervention: Building Competence and Confidence in Practitioners, Parents and Children with Special Needs
- Cathy Hyslop, USA

Working with Parents / Advocacy
- Judy Newman, USA

3:30 pm

Inclusive Practice in Education Lecture Panel

09:00 am

Parallel practical sessions

Parent-Mediated Intervention: Building Competence and Confidence in Practitioners, Parents and Children with Special Needs
- Cathy Hyslop, USA

Getting ready for PECS
- Eleana Logotheti, PECS Greece

02:00 pm


Discount voucher

Each participant in the conference will receive a discount voucher of 15% of the cost of one-day / two-day training in 2020, led by Karin Dom team.

Online materials

Conference materials will be available on the conference webpage for a limited time after the event.


All conference participants and speakers will receive a certificate of attendance

Who should attain?

Professionals from all sectors working in the field of early childhood development


psychologists, speech therapists, special educators, resource teachers, occupational therapist, physical therapists, social workers who are directly working with therapy and intervention in children

Pedagogical professiоnals from kindergartens and schools
Medical professionals

Registration Fees

Тhe income from conference fees will be used for supporting the therapy of children at Karin Dom.

Early Bird
75 EUR

For registration and payment until March 1st, 2020

Regular Fee
85 EUR

For registration and payment after March 1st, 2020

For Groups
72 EUR

Per person for a group of 5 or more participants

For students
72 EUR

For full-time university students

The fee includes participation in the lecture panels, the parallel workshops, translation, access to materials in electronic format, coffee breaks and lunch. The price does not include hotel accommodation.

Payment methods
Bank transfer

Account holder: Karin Dom Foundation
IBAN: BG67TTBB94001506068419

In cash in all EasyPay offices

Аccount holder: Karin Dom
Microaccount with BULSTAT: 813145053

Online with PayPal

Transfer the fee to Karin Dom's PayPal account.
Please, make sure to add a note with the name you have used in your registration.

Conference Venue

Rosslyn Dimyat Hotel Varna
111, Kniaz Boris I Blvd.
Varna, Bulgaria

Magdalena Tsoneva

Specialist Training and Development

phone: +359 878 302 517

Our Partners

The event is organized with the support of our partners

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Проф. д-р Мемет Йозек, Турция

Проф. д-р Мемет Йозек е детски неврохирург, ръководи мултидисциплинарен екип за ранна диагностика на детска цереабрална парализа и лечение на деца със спастични състояния, в болница Acibadem Altunizade.

Dr. Enis Şaban, Turkey

Dr. Ennis Şaban is a leading specialist in gait and movement analysis, part of the team of Prof. Memet Özek.

Judy Newman, USA

Master of Science, Associate Professor. Lecturer at the University of Oregon. Early Childhood Intervention Consultant at Open Society Foundations.

Judith Newman is director and co-founder of early childhood CARES, an early intervention and early childhood special education program for Lane County, Oregon. She is a senior policy advisor for the Oregon Early Learning Alliance. Her over thirty years of experience includes direct service delivery, administration, teaching at the university, participation in numerous research activities, and extensive work at state and local councils, committees and working groups related to policies, systems and funding of education, and more specifically early childhood care. For the past 10 years, she has worked for the Open Society Foundations, Holt International, the University of Oregon and as an international consultant in several states on the development and implementation of legislation, policies and practices related to early childhood intervention systems.

Catherine Hyslop, USA

An early intervention specialist and an autism and behavior consultant with over 22 years of experience working with young children with ASD and their families.

Coordinator of individualized curricula, with a focus on educating parents to implement evidence-based learning strategies in home environment. National and international presenter on topics including Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Parent-Centered Early Intervention (Family-Mediated Intervention), professional consultations and teaching methods with successful training, presented in India, Georgia and Bulgaria. She is currently teaching courses at Portland University and workshops for students. A practitioner with experience in group work with children from the autistic spectrum and their parents, advising community partners (schools and kindergartens), providing ongoing training for parents and teachers.

Eleana Logotheti, Greece

Eleana Logotheti completed a BSc in Psychology in Athens and a Master of Science in Child Psychology at the University of London. She works in home and clinic settings in early intensive behavioral intervention programs in Greece. She is a Pyramid Consultant and PECS Supervisor and Co-Director of Pyramid Educational Consultants in Greece since 2013.

Eftychia Arabisoglou, Greece

Effie Arabisoglou holds a BSc in Speech and Language Therapy and an MSc in Applied Behavior Analysis. She is a Pyramid Consultant and Supervisor since 2007 and Co-Director of Pyramid Educational Consultants in Greece since 2013. Her clinical work focuses on setting up intervention programs at home and in the community based on the Pyramid Approach to Education.

Nino Mikaia, Georgia

Nino Mikaia holds Bachelor’s degree in Medical Psychology and Master’s degree in Education Administration, currently specializing in Psychological assessment and counseling of child and adolescent at Tbilisi State University. She has worked for Children of Georgia as psychologist, specialist of family support services, supervisor, trainer and researcher. Co-founder and psychologist in Applied Psychology and Research Center. Since 2016 Nino is part of the team od MAC Georgia, responsible for designing and conducting training programs.

Prof. Ivan Ivanov, Bulgaria

Специалист по педиатрия и детска неврология; началник на отделението по детска неврология и Клиниката по педиатрия в УМБАЛ „Св. Георги”, Пловдив. Научните му интереси са в областта на детското развитие, неврологичните увреждания при рискови новородени, аутизма, невродегенеративните и метаболитни заболявания, епилепсията, синдромните състояния и в други области на педиатрията.

Zvezdelina Atanasova, Karin Dom

Director of the Karin Dom Foundation Vocational Training Center

Methodologist of Karin Dom Center. Master of Special Education and Speech Therapy. Doctoral student in organization and management of education, with special interests in organizing and managing a supportive environment. Professional mediator.

She is the first PECS teacher for children in our country. She has completed series of courses in the field of work with children with special needs, early childhood development, family-centred approach. Practitioner with many years of experience in working with children with varying needs in a team with specialists and parents, she works tirelessly to improve the quality of life, applying innovative, alternative methods and approaches. Supports Karin Dom therapists and trainers in their direct work. Author and co-author of methodologies, manuals, assisting professionals, teachers in working with children and families and in inclusive education.

Zvezdelina is our leading trainer, consultant, supervisor. She organizes and conducts trainings mainly for practical purposes, in which she shares knowledge and skills with the participants in and outside Bulgaria, through the experience of the proven good practice of Karin Dom. She is a lecturer and co-organizer of Early Intervention and Autism post-graduate courses at the Medical University of Varna. Participates and organizes seminars, conferences focusing on early childhood development towards inclusive education and cross-sector cooperation.

Medical University Varna

Coming soon

Vera Rangelova, Bulgaria

Early Childhood Development Officer, UNICEF Bulgaria

Snezhana Radeva, Bulgaria

Consultant, UNICEF Bulgaria

Diana Boyanova, Hestia Foundation

Doctor of Psychology, Senior Psychometrist

Maya Bargationi-Gruzinski, MAC Georgia

Maya Bagrationi – Gruzinski, MA in Neuropsychology and BA in Occupational Therapy, has more than 15 years extensive work experience in the field of disability. She has started her professional career as a practitioner psychologist and occupational therapist working with persons with disabilities and their families. Being employed at different positions within the Government and Non Government Organizations - Georgian Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport, MAC Georgia, UNICEF, Caritas Georgia, Save the Children, she has been actively involved in building right based education and social systems for PWD. Particularly, facilitating development and implementation of inclusive education policy and practice standards for students with special educational needs (SEN); as well as supporting development of different social services (Day Care Center Service; Wheelchair Service, etc.) for PWDs.

Employed by UNICEF and Georgian Social Workers Association she was actively involved and contributed in the development Social Model of Disability and Functional Assessment Instruments for persons with disabilities. She has created concept paper for establishing SEN Assistant professional standard and service; and developed tailored training modules for specialists, with the specific emphasize on following topics: Functional Assessment of Persons with Disabilities, Functional Assessments instruments.

One of the recent topic elaborated is the recommendations to the general, preschool educational and early intervention systems to establish supported to school-transition mechanisms for preschool children.

Assoc. Prof. Ruzha Pancheva-Dimitrova, MD, Medical University Dr. Paraskev Stoyanov, Varna, Bulgaria

Assoc. Prof. Ruzha Pancheva-Dimitrova is a Pediatrician and Nutrition and Dietetics Specialist. She graduated from the Medical University of Varna in 1997. In 2003 she acquired the specialty Children's Diseases, and in 2017 Nutrition and Dietetics. In the period from 2007 to 2012, Dr. Pancheva was a clinical doctor at the Clinic of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Gastroenterology, Metabolic Diseases at St. Marina Hospital in Varna. Since 2012 she is an assistant professor in the Department of Hygiene and Disaster Situations, and since 2013 she is Assistant Professor in the Department of Hygiene and Epidemiology, Faculty of Public Health, Medical University of Varna.