We are launching a new training programme that is not only new to us but also new to South Africa. The EarlyBird Programme is for parents whose child has received a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and is of pre-school age (not yet of statutory school age). The programme aims to support parents in the period between diagnosis and school placement, empowering and helping them facilitate their child’s social communication and appropriate behaviour in their natural environment.
It also helps parents to establish good practice in handling their child at an early age, so as to pre-empt the development of inappropriate behaviours. The programme runs with six families at a time. Two places are allocated to each family. The programme lasts for three months and combines group training sessions with individual home visits, when video feedback is used to help parents apply what they’ve learnt. Parents have a weekly commitment of a two-and-a-half hour training session or home visit, and to ongoing work with their child at home.
We need an ipad (or 2) in order to film the parents and give them immediate feedback. Second hand equipment also welcome… Can you help us?
Please email Michelle – firstname.lastname@example.org