Equity and Social Inclusion through Positive Parenting
The ESIPP project has the core aim to develop and disseminate a programme of training for parents of children with autism living in South-eastern Europe. Project participants have created and trialed a series of modules that work to aid and grow an understanding of the autistic condition, and to help nurture a range of strategies that can be implemented to help address some of the many needs these children and their families face. The content of each module presents the latest best practice as recognised by autism practitioners and experts in the field. It is hoped that participation in the modules will develop parental confidence, assisting them in making and implementing self-help strategies that will go some way toward easing the great demands that caring for children with autism requires.
The Parent Education Programme (PEP) consists of six modules. Each module is designed to increase parents’ knowledge, building upon the information learned in previous modules and extending it further. The content of the modules promotes the use of positive strategies and is based around the following topics: an introduction to autism spectrum conditions, behaviour, the use of visual structure, sensory issues, communication challenges and the building of social skills.
Each module is listed below and outlined in greater detail, with specific notes to help trainers to deliver the content of the module. Trainers should feel free to adapt and make the training relevant for their local audience. It is important to share anecdotes and examples from the trainer’s personal experience. This helps to bring the training to life and helps parents to realise that the material is not just theory, but practical and useful in the real world. The content of sessions should be adapted to reflect the age range and cognitive ability of the parents’/carers’ children.