More than 20 parents of children with autism had the opportunity to participate in the first training session delivered by the Autism Assessment Support Practice (AASP) educational centre in Limassol, Cyprus, as part of the Equity and Social Inclusion through Positive Parenting project (ESIPP), co-funded by the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme.
The training, which facilitates a positive approach to autism as well as helping to manage challenging behaviour, was delivered by ESIPP partners Nefi Charalambous-Darden and Angela Winstanley from AASP in their local area on March 19th.
The ESIPP presentation was well received by all participants and there was the opportunity for plenty of questions and answers during breaks and at the end of the day. Some parents traveled from further-flung areas of Cyprus such as the districts of Aiya Napa and Paphos.
Professionals, future trainers and extended family were also in attendance. The training was primarily delivered in Greek, as requested by the participating parents. Unlike other ESIPP training sessions, this session was compressed into an intensive one-day event.
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 this session in Cyprus, two initial sessions were also delivered to groups of 20 participants per session. In Skopje, FYR of Macedonia, it was delivered on March 19 and ESIPP trainers Angela Capper and Ron Fortuna from Target Autism travelling from UK to support local educators. In Zagreb, Croatia, on April 9 Charalambous-Darden and Winstanley from AASP coached Croatian special need teachers. The next training sessions will be delivered in November 2016.