KEDDY is the Greek partner of the MOOC Dys. It is an institution pertaining to the Ministry of Education and specialising in diagnosis, evaluation and support of children and teenagers with disabilities or with educational difficulties. That institution invaluable experience is a strong asset for the MOOC Dys.
An institution specialising in disabilities and educational difficulties
KE.D.D.Y. which is the acronym of Center for Diagnosis, Evaluation and Support of children and youth with disabilities and educational difficulties, is an institution of the Greek Ministry of Education. K.E.D.D.Y. is a key partner of the MOOC Dys.
KE.D.D.Y. assesses and supports children and youth (ages 4-22) in the province of Evia since October of 2003. So far, the assessment and support team has provided services to approximately 5,500 students and youths.
The scientific team consists of psychologists, social workers, special education teachers, speech – ergo therapists. There are 18 professionals rendering services, half of them under the status of civil servants, the rest is contract based. Furthermore, KE.D.D.Y. supports families and teachers as well. Therefore, many activities throughout the school year are planned as depicted below:
KEDDY services for families
- Family and individual support
- Crisis management within the family
- Anti-bullying activities within families
- Active participation in topics (volunteering, social groups, arts, tradition, sports, cultural acts, etc.)
- Students guidance (ensuring a positive development in life after school)
- Directions / Suggestions on dealing with learning difficulties or disabilities
KEDDY interventions for educators
- Training methodology evaluation
- External evaluation on training procedures
- Assessment procedures
- Performance indicators
- Training on several topics (anti bullying strategy, crisis management in schools, self-evaluation tactics, team building, monitoring and evaluation of school projects, social inclusion procedures, raising performance for students with learning disabilities, etc.)
KE.D.D.Y. provides watch and is in close cooperation with 10 VET schools, 75 secondary education and 92 primary education schools, all over the island of Evia, for a total population of almost 30,000 students. All activities are delivered all over the island of Evia through efficient mobile units who visit schools and work with youth, family and teachers at a regular basis.
KE.D.D.Y. since its foundation back on 2003, has a collaboration with different public service institutions in order to achieve the annual goals that are set by the Ministry of Education and the organization itself.
The specific topics related to the tasks assigned are the following
- Rating learning disabilities on I.C.F. protocol & intervention (Dyslexia, Autism, ADHD Syndrome, etc.)
- Assessment, Research and Evaluation on minority groups (at this time, immigrants from Middle East)
- Supporting socially vulnerable groups (addicted minors, bullying victims, one parent families, minors in detention facilities, refugees / immigrants)
- Creating special education protocols and training evaluation procedures
- Review training procedures (as an external evaluator who provides feedback)
- Configuration – processing issues of social inclusion policies and youth evolvement
- Teachers, families and youth training and support on topics such self-evaluation, anti-bullying strategy implementation, counseling, time management, crisis management, communication skills, social inclusion, intercultural differences, learning difficulties, etc.
Regarding the MOOC Dys project aims and scope and apart from KEDDY’s MIS statistics, the methodological approach which has been implemented during these years, consists of three interrelated methodological assessment approaches. DSM V, ICD 10 and ICF.
Based on these approaches, protocols of screening, assessment – evaluation and school based therapeutic interventions (IEP’s) for learning disabilities and specific learning disabilities (dyslexia), has been developed and implemented in elementary and secondary education schools. It is worth to emphasize that during the last two years, KEDDY has respectively developed and implemented protocols for dyslexia in four vocational schools in the secondary education.