On March 10th and 11th, 20 parents of autistic children participated in the sixth parent training sessions delivered in Croatia in the framework of the Equity and Social Inclusion through Positive Parenting project (ESIPP), co-funded by the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme.
In cooperation with the Centar za Autizam Split, ESIPP trainers from the Centar za Autizam Zagreb Ana Ružić, Ivana Sladić Kljajić, Matea Begić and Saša Kiš delivered the whole ESIPP Parent Education Programme. Each one of the six modules of the training aims to upgrade parents’ knowledge already acquired through previous modules and promote positive parenting strategies.
During the two-day training, parents listened attentively and participated actively in the workshops, held in a cosy room with a relaxed atmosphere. A final “Questions and Answers” session led participants to share information and experience among themselves, facilitating networking opportunities and creating a “support group”.
Centar za Autizam expressed its gratitude to the Centar za Autizam Split for its support, as well as parents who attended the sessions “for their important contribution to the development of curricula for parents’ education across Europe”.
Since the launch of the project in September 2015, six different training sessions have been delivered across Croatia, including in the cities of Zagreb, Split, Osijek and Rijeka. Led by the Centar za Autizam and the Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences of the University of Zagreb, more than 120 parents benefited from the ESIPP project and learnt positives approaches to autism. The project has also made its name in Croatia thanks to a multiplier event held in Zagreb in March 2017, attended by more than 100 parents, professionals, academics, decision-makers and other stakeholders.