A Survey of the training needs of parents of children on the autism spectrum in Croatia, Cyprus and the FYR of Macedonia

A summary report

Autism can challenge traditional parenting styles, causing parents to feel deskilled and disempowered, especially when little information or support is available to them (Dunn et al., 2001) and impacting on parental well-being and quality of life (Benjak, 2011; Benjak et al., 2009; Mouzourou et al., 2011). The provision of accurate information about autism and teaching parents how to adapt their parenting using good autism practices has been shown to be effective in improving personal, educational and social outcomes for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families (Green et al., 2010;Kasari et al., 2010).

This three year project has been established with funding from the European Commission’s Erasmus+ programme. With a lifespan from September 2015 to August 2018, this is a project in which teachers, academics, family members and non-governmental organisations from five European countries – Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and the United Kingdom – are working together in a strategic partnership in order to:

develop a core curriculum and ecologically valid parent education materials and methods regarding parent education for families with children on the autism spectrum

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