The Ministry of Education of Russia updated and unified the professional standard of a defectologist teacher. The document was submitted for approval to the Ministry of Labor.

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According to Yulia Sachko, Deputy Director of the Department of State Policy for the Protection of Children’s Rights of the Ministry of Education of Russia, the standard of a defectologist teacher contains the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for a teacher to work with different categories of children, including young children, children with disabilities development, such as autism spectrum disorders. She said this at a meeting of the Coordinating Council for the Social Integration of Children and Young Adults with Disabilities and Disabilities.

Yulia Sachko also noted that the professional standard has become a unique document – universities did not conduct previously unified training for unified programs. Universities could create their own educational programs, but they did not try to unify them.

Together with the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, two interdepartmental comprehensive plans are being finalized. They involve an analysis of existing training programs for speech pathologists, an analysis of the programs of any teacher who may encounter work due to the development of inclusive education with a child with special educational needs. This analysis will make it possible to develop a unified system for training such specialists. TASS writes about it.

Formerly online edition “Teacher’s newspaper” reported about the shortage of defectologists and speech therapists in Russian schools. The Ministry of Education is working to interest school graduates in the professions of defectologist and speech therapist, to increase the number of state-funded places in these specialties in universities.