Although educational models are largely geared towards the logic of integration, children often experience exclusion or face acclimatization difficulties at school. The models are based on specific external intervention to resolve behavioral problems. It is also possible that the specialist cannot fully apprehend the local, political, linguistic, social or cultural context – or due to his/her lack of time to lead him-herself to hasty or biased decisions. These models also run the risk of weakening the role of the educational and administrative staff on a local level. The approach adopted by Synergy encourages active listening and communication in order to understand the problems in their own rights and develop a network of skills, and knowledge at a local level.
In this context, the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation implements an innovative training program and supervision of teachers at Primary Education schools (License no:1st: 74 / 12.15.2014; F14 / 10/5120 / D1 & F14 / 1973/157312 / D1, F.2.1/ΕΧ/ 153001 /Δ7/10-11-2020) on identifying, understanding, preventing and treating behavioral problems (challenging behavior) within the classroom. The action is part of the international research program ‘SYNERGY’, drawn up by the Foundation in cooperation with the institute AT Autism (Britain), Inspire (Malta) and Bond University (Australia).
The Mentors of the Synergy program and the link teachers are trained in the following units during the program: