LEND Webinars: Building Connections with Somali Families: Culturally Competent Approaches to Child Development and Disability

Part of the LEND Webinars series.
Fatima Molas, Mariam O Egal, Kelly Nye-Lengerman PhD

Video 1 (13 minutes)

Video 2 (33 minutes)

Act Early presentation (PowerPoint slides)

Egal presentation (PowerPoint slides)

Molas presentation (PowerPoint slides)


A Webinar presenting culturally specific and relevant strategies for professionals working with Somali families with young children. Comprised of two videos and three sets of PowerPoint slides, the Webinar's objectives are to:

  1. Explore Somali community and culture to improve service delivery;
  2. Improve understanding of Somali perceptions of child development and disability;
  3. Recognize factors to consider when providing services and supporting Somali families; and
  4. Develop an improved understanding of how to engage Somali parents and families through communication, collaboration and participation.


  1. To view the Webinar, you will need to download the WebEx plug-in to your browser.
  2. Due to technical difficulties this event includes two separate recordings. Not all Webinar content was captured in these recordings. Our sincere apologies for any missed information.


June 25, 2015 
Minnesota Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program (MNLEND)
MN Act Early Project
Minnesota Department of Human Services
Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs


  • Community life
    • Parenting and family relationships
  • Specific life stage
    • Early childhood
    • Children
    • Adults
  • Culture and diversity
    • Somalis
  • Early education and development
    • Early childhood screening and assessment
  • Specific disability
    • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)