Helping your child with autism

Spain

Autism is defined and detected on the basis of behavioral and developmental aspects. It is the most common of the developmental disorders and it affects 1 out of 68 children.

 

Funded thanks to:
  • Donors
  • Total raised
    32%raised
    • Promofarma clients 1.138€
Lovaas Foundation Fundación

Budget

  • Staff 3.500€
  • Total 3.500€
3.500€

Description

Diagnostic and Statiscal Manual of Mental Disorders-5 (DSM-5) (APA, 2013) classifies Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) within neurodevelopmental disorders. Alterations are characterized, generally, by difficulties in social interactions, in verbal and non-verbal communication, and in the existence of inappropriate behaviours such as, for example, self-stimulation.

ASD has a neurological basis, which is why an impairment of brain function would be present. The ASD shows different manifestations for each person, both at the level of severity and in combination of symptoms. There is such a large repertoire of skills and characteristics that no two people behave in the same way. This variability makes it difficult to generalize about the symptomatology and, in many cases, prevents the diagnosis from being early if the professional who performs it is not an expert in this matter.

In Spain, Lovaas Foundation implements its methodology in Spain, developed in the USA by Dr. Ivar Lovaas, which has scientific evidence and adapts to the needs of each child and each family. It covers all areas of the child's development by improving both verbal and academic, play, autonomy and socialization skills. It can be carried out at home, at school, in the park, in extracurricular activities, etc.), to take advantage of all possible learning opportunities in their daily lives, just as a neuro-typical child does. In addition, their intervention also includes training hours for parents with the objective of providing them with resources that allow them to face and overcome everyday situations, as well as actively participating in the learning process of their daughter or son. The involvement of the family in the treatment program is fundamental to its success.

Activities

Train fathers and mothers with children with autism where they can improve the quality of life of their children and their family through:

  • understand how your children learn
  • learn how they can teach them new skills
  • know methods and tools that they can apply in their daily lives to improve the quality of life of their children and the whole family.
  • find a space of socialization and relationship between people with family members with autism, where to share experiences, doubts and learning and where to give each other support.

Who will benefit?

Boys and girls from 18 months to 5 years in the Autism Spectrum Disorder, and their families.

Project objectives

Empower fathers and mothers with children with autism so they can teach them the necessary skills in their daily lives, thus improving their quality of life.

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