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Sharing European Knowledge on Autism: Training Programs for Parents
Start date: Nov 15, 2015, End date: Nov 14, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Autism Spectrum Disorders-ASD is developmental disorder of which symptoms show up in the three years of life affecting the formation of social and communication skills. Autism shows itself in three fields of disabilities ; social interaction, language and communication,interest and behaviours. These disabilities cause social interaction problems, communication problems, limited or repetitive interest and behaviours. As a result of many studies conducted on the treatment of autism,it s proved that the best treatment method is education. Thus, the child’s education should begin as earliest as possible and it’s necessary to ensure the family participation in education as the most important place which learning takes place is home. Increasing the knowledge and skills the families who have an autistic child is not only important for child development but also for the parents’ psychological and social health. This project aims to create a support program meeting various needs of families with autistic child while gathering the developed specialities in different areas by the project partner institutions. The target audience are the families who have children with autism living in the project partner countries. The final beneficiaries of these studies which are made for the families are private educational institutions, diagnostic and treatment centers,the policy developer institutions special education field,teachers, nongovernmental organizations and the parents who are ready to create awareness for early diagnosis and intervention. The total duration of the project is 24 months that will be carried out in Turkey, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Romania and Austria. In the first meeting of this project, a needs assessment survey will be created with taking into consideration the opinions of 10 experts. Following the practice in each country ,a needs analysis report will be created and will be evaluated in the second meeting. Based on the prominent concerns in the needs analysis report, 5 different training modules will be prepared under the titles of education, health, social rights and entitlements, legal rights, and psychosocial support and 50 parenting education will be provided for each project partner. Evaluating the results of this application which targets %70 success an international conference will be held in Turkey. As project deliverables a booklet published in 5 languages, website, posters, brochures and conference are targeret. The visibility studies will be carried out continuously from the beginning and the project details will be broadcasted in five different media tool.
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