The project of providing training sessions for teachers primarily about early intervention for children with autism (2016-2019) organized by saigonchildren and the National College of Education HCMC has undertaken over two-thirds of the whole journey. The project has reached success in training a good number of practitioners with profound skills in early intervention for children with autism, so that these professionals can deliver the knowledge to a broader number of teachers and parents in their local areas. One of the noticeable activities of the participants of the project is the training session Stay By Your Side organized for parents of children with autism. Seven participants and several other teachers worked in collaboration to make the workshop held every Saturday from October 10 to December 29 of 2018 possible.
The training session was complete with fruitful accomplishments. There are around fifteen participant parents who obtained basic knowledge about childhood autism and enjoyed the opportunity to implement intervention strategies directly upon their children. As a result, the parents have known how to teach their children as well as play and communicate with them. ‘I’d spent about two years but hadn’t been able to find a proper way to teach and support my daughter until I was brought to this helpful training session’, one parent said.
There has also been stories telling about differences that children with autism experienced after three months being supported by their parents. ‘Before, my son barely took notice of other family members at home and quite often spend time playing on his own. Now, however, he’s demonstrated signs of interest in his mom and increasing tendency to play with his older sister, which makes me feel really pleased’, another parent told in emotional voice.
Parents are developing strategies to support children
The training session did not only produced benefits to participant parents but also to the teachers in the sense that they had the decent chance to revise the knowledge they have learned through the act of delivering the knowledge to others. In addition, they were also able to hone their teaching and consultancy skills by working with parents. Hoang, who used to be a participant student of an early intervention training session, told that she made an attempt to visit one house to another so as to share the knowledge to parents, but failed due to the limited level of recognition from the knowledge receivers. However, since she co-hosted training sessions together with her colleagues working in other different sectors, she has been able to spread the knowledge to a good number of participants in a professional way.
Apart from this group of participants of the training session, other participants of other parts of the project also share the knowledge to their colleagues and the parents in their local areas enthusiastically, making it possible for a larger number of children with autism obtain support and intervention on a proper and effective basis.
<The project of training key teachers for early intervention for children with autism has been conducted by National College of Education HCMC with the funding from J & R Bleach Trust and Lufthansa Help Alliance since 2017. This project is part of saigonchildren’s Special Needs Education Programme with the purpose to provide necessary training for teachers and caregivers working with children with autism in theoretical and practical sessions.>