The Federation of Autism Associations and Antalya Special Athletes Youth and Sports Association, İstanbul Bilgi University will organize an online ‘Developmental Approaches in Early Intervention & Motor Skill Focused Intervention Symposium’ on 23-25 May 2023.

The first two days of the program include invited speakers. On the third day, the problems and solutions encountered in the implementation of lifelong intervention programs in supporting the motor skills of children with different developmental disabilities (autism, visual impairment, mental disability, hearing impairment, physical disability, attention deficit, and hyperactivity disorder, special learning disability) will be discussed. At the end of the workshop, a guiding report is planned to be prepared and sent to universities, the Ministry of National Education, the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ministry of Family and Social Services in order to produce effective policies in the field. This symposium is organized in memory of Claudine Sherrill. All the activities are planned in an online format.

Claudine Sherrill received her bachelor’s degree in ‘Health, Physical Education and Recreation” from Texas Woman’s University (TWU) in 1955. She completed her master’s and doctoral studies in physical education at Columbia University in New York. She also received post-doctoral training in special education at San Francisco State College and TWU. In 1977, she earned the highest level of ‘National Therapeutic Recreation Society’ certification. After her retirement, Claudine was named Professor Emerita by TWU for her outstanding contribution to adapted physical activity, academic leadership, and dedication to the profession.

Claudine took great pride in having started the adapted physical education specialization at TWU in 1972. She was the first faculty member to receive one of several federal grants in adapted physical education (a tradition that continues at TWU). Claudine loved teaching and pushed her students to their highest potential. Her teaching style left a mark on her students because of her dedication to excellent performance and her ability to bring out the best in each student. Claudine supervised more than 150 theses and dissertations and deeply impressed her students with her creative approach to personal differences and her passion for equality and opportunities for all. Dr. Claudine Sherrill will always be remembered for her personality, her dedication to our profession, her contributions to humanity, and her lovely smile.

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