Gaele Regnault

Ashoka Fellow
France,
Fellow Since 2014
Learnenjoy

LES ACTUALITES DE GAELE REGNAULT

- "Autisme, la pédagogie numérique" - Libération - 15 octobre 2015

 

IDÉE

LearnEnjoy démocratise l’accès aux meilleures stratégies éducatives, pour que tous les enfants aux besoins particuliers y aient droit sans discrimination, limites levées par internet et les nouvelles technologies. Gaele Regnault cible tout particulièrement les enfants avec autisme ou autre handicap.

 

IMPACT

LearnEnjoy compte 40,000 utilisateurs des supports pédagogiques adaptés. L’association a permis d’accompagner et de former 600 familles jusqu’à présent ainsi que 2000 professionnels. Aujourd’hui LearnEnjoy dispose d’un système d’évaluation reconnu par l’éducation nationale. L’association a également mis en place une plateforme de partage de vidéos pour apporter un service aux familles isolées. Aujourd’hui LearnEnjoy compte 10 collaborateurs.

 

QUI EST-ELLE ?

Française et Malgache, Gaële a grandi et voyagé sur 4 continents. Elle fait ses études à l’EM Lyon et poursuit avec 20 années d’expérience en marketing et direction de projets. Mariée, elle est mère de 3 enfants. Gaele a découvert l’entrepreneuriat social en cherchant des solutions pour l’un de ses enfants.

 
Related TopicsEducation / Learning, Disability, Children & Youth, Health & Fitness, Social Entrepreneurship

Citation

This profile was prepared when Gaele Regnault was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2014.
The New Idea
Despite the international trend to recognize autism as a neurodevelopmental disability, France has historically considered and treated autism as a psychoanalytical disorder. Reversing the traditional therapeutic route in this country - that of searching for the psychoanalytical cause of autism, mostly considering mothers responsible for their childrens’ disability, and dealing with autism’s uncontrolled effects through medication, - Gaële focuses on youth education and social integration. Through the unique development of a set of online, easy-to-use, turnkey educational tools, Gaële is enabling the broad-scale adoption of these behavioral approaches. The applications developed by her organization “LearnEnjoy” give exhausted and unequipped parents and professional caregivers the power to help autistic children learn the meta-skills (learning to learn, to imitate, or to pay attention) and general abilities they need to socialize and progress (communicate, read and write). Without naming the behavioral approaches to avoid unproductive debates between different schools of thought, she succeeds in tipping the care system for autism towards a new model.

Autism in France is characterized by a twofold situation with a recurrent under-capacity of the system to welcome all autistic children in educative and social centers, and thousands of parents are left without any viable solution. Gaële has based her entire educational approach on technology for a massive and rapid spread of her solutions among the autistic population. For a few hundred euros and a tablet, parents and professionals can access, without any prior training, thousands of adapted educational exercises covering the child developmental stages from 12 months to five years.

Gaële builds legitimacy around these methods, proving that children who benefit from them do progress. First, she engages top universities to lead scientific research and prove the efficiency of her work . Secondly, she paves the way for a deep transformation of practices in the medical system by working closely with public institutions and developing key partnerships with professional organizations and care centers on the ground. Providing her solutions and training to every stakeholder within the ecosystem of an autistic child, she also makes it possible for ordinary schools to welcome these students, here offering a large-scale solution to the under-capacity of specialized institutions.
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