Report of a training in the Bayley-III in Kiev, Ukraine

15 april 2015 - Selma Ruiter

On April 10 and 11, there was a training in the Bayley-III in Kiev. It was organised by Anna Kukuruza, director of the Early Intervention Institute in Kharkiv, together with SoftTulip, and funded by the Open Society Foundations. The training was given by Selma Ruiter and Linda Visser, both developmental psychologist and specialist in early childhood assessment with De Kinderacademie Groningen and the University of Groningen.

In Ukraine, there is a need for instruments for evaluating and monitoring children’s development and their selection to Early Childhood Intervention programs. Besides, a follow-up program for premature newborns is actively developing. The Bayley-III is an instrument to assess the cognitive, language, and motor development of children with a developmental age of up to 3 ½ years. Because it is widely used and studied worldwide, there is a lot of interest from different regions and organisations in Ukraine in this method.

The aim of the training was to teach the participants to really use the Bayley-III, so they would be able to work with the instrument and judge whether an Ukraine translation and validation will be feasible and useful. 25 people from all over Ukraine (see the red dots on the map below) attended the training. They represented different organisations and different disciplines: psychologists, physiotherapists, speech / language therapists, paediatricians.

On the first day, a lot of information was given about important factors to take into account when assessing the development of young children and about the Bayley-III itself. Different videos of test administrations were shown to illustrate how the items are administered. In the afternoon, there was time to practice with the scoring procedure of the Bayley-III, using a case example.

This case example was evaluated on the second day, after which information was given about accommodated versions of the Bayley-III for children with motor or visual impairment. After the lunch break, a little girl named Vera, from Kiev, visited with her mother, so a real test administration could be done. Two participants volunteered to carry out this test administration and the other participants observed. They did a really good job: the items were very well administered, while they had only had 1 ½ day of training and, moreover, had to translate the items from English themselves.

After evaluating the live test administration, there was time for questions and also for discussing future plans. Tetiana Znamenska, president of the association of neonatologists in Ukraine, visited and participated during this part of the training. The training was concluded by a small ceremony in which the participants received a certificate of attendance, which was offered by Pearson, the publisher of the Bayley-III.

The next steps will be to explore the possibility of translating and standardising the Bayley-III in Ukraine. As soon as a translation is available, the participants will be able to practice with the Bayley-III. Concrete next steps are still to be discussed, but ideas that were already talked about were to organise a follow-up of the training after participants  have been able to practice with the instrument, so they will be so well trained that they can train other people in Ukraine themselves.

To summarise, it was a successful training with very enthusiastic and dedicated people who all wish to contribute to the setting up of an early intervention system, including the follow-up program for premature children in Ukraine.

We, the trainers, have felt really welcome in Kiev. Everything was very well prepared and we would like to thank everybody involved, and especially Anna, for that. We are very grateful to have been part of an exciting new change in the care for young children with special needs in Ukraine and very much look forward to the continuation of this process.



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