In collaboration with four partners from Greece, Spain, Italy, and Turkey, the Child and Adolescent Centre initiated the “Integrative Parents’ Autism Training-IPAT” project, which was funded by the Erasmus+ program. The main objective of the project was to enhance the quality of life for families with a member who has autism, as well as to promote awareness about the crucial role of parental training in meeting the needs of individuals with autism.
During an event held on Wednesday, 29th March 2023, both in-person at Myrtillo and online, attendees were presented with the project’s outcomes. The Deputy Minister of Health, Mr. Nikolaos Nyktas, the Deputy Mayor of Education and Daily Life of the Municipality of Chios, Mr. Nikolaos Xylas, the Deputy Mayor of Social Solidarity and Civil Society of the Municipality of Athens, Ms. Ekaterini Dimitriadou – Gagaki, and the Deputy Mayor of Education and Social Policy of the Municipality of Peristeri, Mr. Anastasios Theodorakos, all gave their welcome speeches at the event.
The project’s outcomes consist of:
The Integrative Parents’ Autism Training Module, a training package that was tested in all four partner countries. After being translated into the local languages and adapted to meet individual needs, the package was implemented in 24-hour training sessions with 70 parents and eight experienced facilitators in total.
The IPAT-T Digital Self-Training Tool, designed to support parents of children with autism, teachers, or anyone interested in learning more about the condition. The tool includes short videos with Greek subtitles, presentations, and interactive exercises in Greek that provide valuable information about the needs and abilities of autistic individuals, as well as support and integration options for families. The self-education tool will be available starting from May.