Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski is the first Bulgarian high academic school establishment. Its history is an embodiment and a continuation of the century-long cultural and educational tradition of the Bulgarian nation. In 1880 the Bulgarian Ministry of Education tabled a draft of the Main Educational Act for the Schools in the Principality of Bulgaria in the National Assembly. It envisaged that “after completing the requirements of the Real and Classical schools to open a Bulgarian high school (a University) that will teach the sciences of law, the arts, the sciences, the medical sciences, and the technological sciences.”. Today Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski is the biggest and most prestigious scientific hub in the country. It has 16 faculties with 119 special subjects being taught. Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski is an educational institution that has stepped on the road of the development of research. The principle that the top level is a condition sine qua non is mandatory in the implementation of the effective interaction between the educational process and technological development, science, and innovative politics. Sofia University has the best Bulgarian scholars in all fields of scientific research. The scientific activities of the faculty at Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski has become an obligatory part and parcel of the teaching process. With the signing of the Erasmus Charter in 2007 and Bulgaria being a full-fledged member-state of the EU the University continues its active participation in the implementation of the updated with new educational possibilities Learning for Life European program. In Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski work 1709 university teachers and researchers, from who 295 professors (2015). The total number of students in Sofia University for the academic 2019/2020 is 18 911. New degree programs have been developed, such as Social Pedagogy (1991); Education of Children with Neurosomatic Diseases, Education of the Visually Impaired, Education of Children with Intellectual Disability, Rehabilitation of Hearing and Speech; Speech and Language Pathology and Therapy (all in 1992); The research interests of the professors, associates, and assistants in the Department of Special Education and Logopedics are directly related to practice. Curriculums include large number of hours of practice in medical, social, and educational institutions (e.g. centers, kindergartens, and schools, as well as early intervention settings) for children, students, and also institutions for adults with visual impairments, hearing impairments, motor disabilities, intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, learning disorders, communication disorders and other disabilities. The publications of the department's teachers include those that address the problems of play in children with developmental disorders, therapy and inclusive education of children with autism, alternative therapy methods for children with special educational needs, early development, and early diagnosis.
Prof. D.Sc. Neli VasilevaCoordinatorvasnel@abv.bg
Prof. D.Sc. Neli Vasileva, the project coordinator for Bulgaria, has graduated in 1979 from department of speech therapy at the Faculty of Defectology at the Moscow State Pedagogical University and completed her master’s degree in logopedy in 1984 and PhD in Psychology in 1991. Her scientific interests and practical experience in the field of neuropsychology facilitated Neli Vasileva to defend a Doctoral dissertation on the topic "Profile of neuropsychological development in preschool children", which gained her the scientific title "Doctor of Psychological Sciences", D.Sc. (2015). She conducts a large number of lectures on Neuropsychology, Child Neuropsychology, Communicative disorders in mental illness, Diagnostics and Therapy in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Reading and writing disorders, Acquired language disorders, Acquired dysarthric and dysphagic disorders, Diagnosis and treatment of language development disorders, Psycho diagnosis of children with communicative disorders, Psychology of children with communicative disorders. She has participated as an expert and lecturer in 11 projects (international, national and university) on the problems of children with special educational needs. She is the author of two monographs, co-author of a textbook (Contemporary Problems of Special Education, 1999) and co-author of a practical guide to aphasia therapy. She is also the author of more than 80 publications in Bulgarian and English.
Dr. Elena Kirilova Boyadzhieva-DelevaResearcherelko_del@abv.bg
Dr. Elena Kirilova Boyadzhieva-Deleva received her higher education degrees in Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski: B.A. in Special Education and Logopedics in 2004, M.A. in Logopedics in 2006 and PhD in Logopedics in 2015. She is assistant professor in the Bachelor and Master programs in Logopedics in the disciplines: Neuropsychology, Communication disorders in craniofacial malformations, Disfluency disorders, Acquired language disorders, Healing massage in speech therapy, etc. She participated in some international projects and trainings in the area of support and therapy for children with disabilities, among which: OECD project “Education Development for Disabled and At-Risk Students in South Eastern Europe (2005-2007); COST Action IS1406 “Individuals, Societies, Cultures and Health: Enhancing children's oral language skills across Europe and beyond - a collaboration focusing on interventions for children with difficulties learning their first language” (2015-2019); project “Dialogic Book Reading – an international study on therapy efficacy”, (2017- and continuing), within COST Action IS 1406; and a post-doctoral training school “Evidence Based Practice – Research Methods to Measure Intervention Efficacy, Spring 2017, University of Seville, Spain. She has participated in 22 conferences and over 20 seminars dedicated to problems of children with communication disorders and special educational needs.
Dr. Denitsa Anneva KrastevaResearcherdaasenova@uni-sofia.bg
Dr. Denitsa Krasteva completed her master's degree in Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski" with a thesis on the topic "Characteristics of Imagination in Preschool Children with Autism Syndrome" and she received her PhD in 2018 with a dissertation on the symptoms of Verbal Dyspraxia and Disgrammatism occurring in children diagnosed with Specific Language Impairment - a theoretical and at the same time empirical study in an insufficiently researched scientific field. Between 2016 and 2018 Dr. Krasteva took participation as a speech and language therapist on a project named "Inclusive Education\Support for equal access and personal development", supported by UNICEF, the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and the European Union. The main purpose was intervention and prevention of the Specific Learning Disabilities and Learning Disabilities in children, regarding their early phsychomotor and cognitive development as well as early diagnostics of Autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Since 2019 Dr. Krasteva has been appointed a full-time assistant teaching subjects as Problems in communication of persons with mental disorders, , Developmental and Communication Disorders in Children with Intellectual Disability, Specific Learning Disabilities, Clinical Linguistics.