20 parents of children with autism participated in the first parent training sessions in Skopje (FYR of Macedonia) as a part of the Equity and Social Inclusion through Positive Parenting project (ESIPP), co-funded by the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme. The event, entitled “Positive approaches to autism” and held on March 19th and 20th, aimed to teach parents about how to manage challenging behaviour.
The training was delivered by Angela Capper and Ron Fortuna from Target Autism (UK) together with shadow trainers and special needs teachers from the Macedonian Scientific Society for Autism (MSSA), as well as ESIPP partners Jasmina Troshanska, Prof. Vladimir Trajkovski, Filip Jurtovski, Ana Shikaleska, Miodrag Vujovic and BIljana Kujundzik Nastevska. Kayesha Belnap, a Peace Corps volunteer working near the venue for the training (the Special School D-r Zlatan Sremec) also attended the sessions as a guest.
During this training parents were given an opportunity to listen to numerous pieces of advices, learn from real examples, share their experiences and ask questions about challenges they encounter with their children. The next meeting with the parents will be held in June, after the third transnational meeting of ESIPP partners.
The project foresees a minimum of 18 courses run over its lifetime – 6 courses each in Croatia, Cyprus and the FYR of Macedonia. Together with this session in Skopje, two initial sessions were also delivered to groups of 20 participants per session to support local educators. On March 19th and on April 9th, the sessions were delivered by Cypriot ESIPP trainers Nefi Charalambous-Darden and Angela Winstanley from Autism Assessment Support Practice (AASP) in Limassol (Cyprus) and in Zagreb (Croatia), respectively. The next training sessions will be delivered in Croatia and Cyprus in November 2016.