Saigonchildren implements a new approach to support teachers and parents of children with autism

date_range2018-07-16

The opening workshop of the coaching skills, which is the second programme of the three-year project ‘Early intervention for children with autism’ was kick started by Saigon Children’s Charity (saigonchildren) on July 9 at the HCMC National College of Education.

(Ms. Hien Do – Special Needs Education Programme Managers at the Opening Ceremony)

The three-year project “Early intervention for children with autism” was launched in 2016 as a joint initiative from SC, National College of Education HCMC and OWL Therapy Centre.

The project has been conducted since 2017 to provide necessary training for teachers and parents in theoretical and practical sessions and indirectly benefit more children with autism.

With the financial support from Bleach Family for the first two years and Lufthansa Help Alliance for the last year of implementation, all trainees and parents are offered free training courses and workshops with consultations from the leading experts in this field.

In the first year of implementation, the project received a hundred applications from lecturers and teachers, 22 of them enrolled to be trainees of the project and over 90% of the participants said they developed a good understanding of new knowledge, which was far better than those they learnt from books prior to the project.

The content included how to use pictures for communication, descriptive commenting, intensive interaction, and how to create an autism-friendly classroom environment. The first conference for parents also attracted more than 100 parents who have children with autism. After the first year, the programme has benefited around 220 parents with autistic children.

In particular, in this second year, the project focuses on supporting key lecturers and teachers to work closely with parents of children with autism through practical coaching sessions.

Sharing at the opening ceremony, Executive Director of SCC, Damien Robert, said: “SCC is committed to making sure that autism education continues to develop quickly across Vietnam. We will be focusing on continuing to make leading research and techniques available for use in Vietnam, and to using our international networks to bring together experts in autism education to share their knowledge and experience.

(Mr. Damien Roberts is sharing at the Opening Ceremony)

According to Manager of Special Need Educations Programme, Do Thi Hien, this project is advised by many experts in occupational therapy and speech therapy; also receives financial support from many sponsors who already knew the good things that SCC is doing.

“Especially, this project is coordinated by Marianne Simpson, who has had over 35 years of experience working with disabled children in the UK, and over 6 years of experience working with lecturers, teachers, parents and children with disabilities in Vietnam” she noted.

To maintain and promote the achievements mentioned above, in 2018, SCC continues to cooperate with experts to provide advanced training courses with further attention to practical skills for the aforementioned trainees.

Besides the training provided for teachers, the project also bring two workshops to parents on July 11 and 18th. This is a valuable opportunity for parents, teachers and specialists to exchange information with participation of senior clinical specialists from the UK on early treatment, phonetic therapy and behavior management for children with autism.

 

Vice Principal of National College of Education HCMC, Nguyen Nguyen Binh (middle) give thank you flowers to two participating autism experts, Damien Roberts (right) and Marianne Simpson (left) 

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