The CABSS Model: Crossing International Boundaries

She is the President of the European Society for Mental Health and Deafness (ESMHD) and the Director of the Assistance Center for Deaf and Deafblind Children (CABSS) that offers individualized multisensory early intervention programs to deaf and deafblind children and their families. She is a member of the scientific committee at the Italian Society of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapy (SITCC). Dr. Fadda graduated in children and adolescent psychology and completed her specialization in Mental Health and Deafness, Early intervention for Deafblind Children, Cognitive Psychotherapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and TIST (Trauma Informed Stabilization Treatment). She is one of the main consultants for the US-Italy Fulbright Commission for the Cultural Exchange Italy and the United States She has published books and articles in the area of “Psychology and Deafness” and “Mental Health and Deafness”. She has been the recipient of numerous awards for her commitment to deaf and deafblind children in Italy.

Stefania Fadda*, Giusy Caravello*, Marta Cidronelli*, Laura Harripersad*

*Assistance Center for Deaf and Deafblind Children (CABSS)

The presentation will describe the CABSS Model of Early Multisensory Intervention for children who are Deafblind and their families in Italy and abroad. The specialists at CABSS have developed an early intervention model, the only one of its kind, for children who are deafblind based on their experience with children for the past 12 years in Rome, Italy. CABSS is the first Italian center to provide early multisensory intervention and mental health programs. The CABSS model will be discussed in detail and will show the results that have been achieved in children, families, and educators over the years. At CABSS, our goal is to support children at the earliest age possible and their parents by giving them the tools, information and strategies needed to ensure that their children get off to a great start in life. Early intervention services for deafblind children are critical as well as having an environment and trained professionals in deafblindness to intervene at the earliest age possible to minimize the impact of the combined loss of both hearing and vision. In conclusion, a focus on how CABSS supports children outside of Italy and the need of creating international connections that can provide continued specialized services to children when they return in their home country.