Who are you?
My name is Jurtoski Filip. In 2014 I graduated from the SS Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, within the faculty of Philosophy’s branch in Special Education and Rehabilitation. I am an ESIPP shadow trainer.
Skopje, FYR of Macedonia
Why are you interested in the ESIPP Project?
I found out about the ESIPP project through the Macedonian scientific society for autism (MSSA), an NGO in which I fulfill the role as secretary. I was very interested in the project, since it brings together several countries with the goal of educating parents of children with autism and sharing experiences. I find this to be very useful and necessary.
What is the project’s most valuable information /tool for you?
Since the beginning of the project I have been involved in all of the training session that were held in Macedonia and I found these training sessions to be a tremendous help for the parents that were involved, as well as to the wider public.
They were also extremely helpful to me and I have gained a lot of information and new knowledge, shared a lot of experiences with colleagues from other countries about their systems, and learned new methods on how to work and help children with autism.
If you have attended any of the different ESIPP training sessions or events, tell us about your experience.
During all of the training sessions that were held here in Macedonia it was truly a privilege to see the trainers and to understand how they worked and lectured both in theory and practice.
While the training session were taking place I got to see how the parents were getting more and more interested and involved in the lectures and came to a conclusion that this is something that was badly needed here, and was thus gladly welcomed by participants. Many of the parents were eager to ask more and more question to the trainers about their children and how to behave in and handle certain situations.
The trainers were truly thorough with their explanations on a whole variety of issues and problems the parents had and I believe that even if the training sessions had lasted far longer than planned, the questions would still have kept coming. This made it clear to me that this project was sorely needed in our country and was welcomed with great anticipation.
My experience during the training sessions as a part of the team and as a shadow trainer has helped me tremendously in upgrading my knowledge about autism and also has helped me to realise the necessity for parent training and education, something that I believe has been neglected.
Seeing the strong will and determination of the parents to learn and get as much as information as possible from the trainers showed me the sheerness of their desire to help their children, and based on this fact alone, I saw the effects of this project immediately.