Autism Spectrum Disorder is currently one of the most commonly diagnosed development disorders. According to Skarżysko-Kamienna County Education Development Center data, over the last five years the number of rulings granting special learning due to Autism Spectrum Disorder has almost doubled. People with ASD can face exclusion due to unusual behavior and social difficulties, and those close to them are often treated as incompetent and incapable carers. Specialist facilities in our area have limited capacity for action and personnel training. We see a liking for outdated concepts for treating ASD which have been disproved on the basis of modern scientific discourse.
This project will address the lack of access to modern, effective therapy methods for people with ASD and the insufficient level of knowledge and awareness of the subject among the public.
We have planned an online parent support group (45 self-help meetings and five meetings with experts), one-on-one therapy for children and young people with ASD, and a Consultation Point. We will devise an individual support path, helped, as far as necessary, by a crisis support team working in a domestic or school setting. For teachers, guardians, and other persons who come into contact with people with ASD, we will organize six lectures given by authorities on development disorders.
The measures will mean that a minimum of 15 people in therapy and 100 parents in the support group will function better in society and experience less social exclusion. Knowledge of ASD issues will improve in the local community.
Young people with ASD from Skarżysko-Kamienna and the surrounding area, and their parents, teachers, and other people concerned with ASD will participate in the measures.