Parent Training: To Know To Understand Project

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Parent Training: To Know To Understand Project

"Parent Training: To Know To Understand" project started with signing of the grant agreement between Kingdom of Netherlands Embassy and Tohum Autism Foundation on 16 April 2012. The project is supported with MATRA grant of Kingdom of Netherlands Embassy.

Project begun on June 2012 and ended on June 2013. The aim of the project is to develop a two days long family education programme for parents of children with autism in early childhood and pre-school period (age between 0-8). This parent training program is expected to be the first education initiative in the lives of those children and will help them to be integrated into society.

The content of the training was prepared by lecturers who are experts on education of kids with autism. The focus of the training is on the following points: characteristics of autism, behaviour control in autism, how to interact with people with autism and what is to be expected of people with autism in different stages of their lives.

Trainings were lead by 3rd and 4th grade university students of psychology departments to parents who attended the project. 1st and 2nd grade students voluntarily cared for participants' kids with autism. All students to be involved in the project went through an orientation programme. They took their planned responsibility during the project under project expert teams supervision.

The trainings which lasted ten weeks supported approximately 200 parents, 20 student trainers and 40 volunteer caretaker students.