In the framework of the Equity and Social Inclusion through Positive Parenting project (ESIPP), co-funded by the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme, 20 Croatian parents of children with autism participated in the first parent training sessions in order to acquire a first positive approach to autism as well as to learn how to manage challenging behaviour.
The training, which was delivered by ESIPP partners Angela Winstanley and Nefi Charalambous-Darden from the Autism Assessment Support Practice (AASP) organisation based in Limassol (Cyprus), aimed to deliver practical advice and guidance for parents on how to support their children. Furthermore, the sessions encouraged parents to meet other families, share stories, understand that they are not alone in having to care for a child with autism and enable them to develop support networks.
During this activity, held on April 9 and 10 in the Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Zagreb, coaches Winstanley and Charalambous-Darden and other ESIPP partners had the opportunity to talk with the parents and exchange knowledge and information about education, employment and life in the community for people with autism in the some of the countries involved in the project (Cyprus, FYR of Macedonia, Croatia and the UK).
Also present at this event were ESIPP partners and special needs teachers Ana Ružić and Sanja Blaževi (from Centar za Autizam Zagreb), Ivanka Pejić and Ana Radović (from Centar za autizam Rijeka), psychologist Ivana Sladić Kljajić (from Centar za Autizam Zagreb) and ESIPP partner Ph.D. Jasmina Stosic (from the University of Zagreb).
ESIPP partners foresee a minimum of 18 courses which will be run during the lifetime of the project – 6 courses each in Croatia, Cyprus and the FYR of Macedonia. Together with these sessions in Croatia, two initial two-day sessions were also delivered to groups of 20 participants per session in Limassol, Cyprus on March 19 and in Skopje, FYR of Macedonia on April 19 by experienced trainers travelling from Cyprus and the United Kingdom to support local educators. The next training sessions will be delivered in Croatia in November 2016.