Tuesday, November 27, 2012

ASD Parent Training & Support Series, Feb 2013 Intake

Eleventh Intake since 2007! 

"There are many things I likes about the parent training programme. Firstly, the training was very 'hands-on'. Parents were actively involved in discussions and question-answer sessions. Teaching and learning took place in a very informal way. There was not a dull moment and I felt enriched each time a class ended. 

It has been a wonderful experience for me. I understand my child better. I can connect to my child easily. I teach my child more effectively. I play with my child more enjoyably. The reasons behind his tantrums and behaviour are now much more predictable.

The gains were not only for my child. I definitely had my share of self-improvement."

- Parent of 8-year-old, Johor Bahru, Johor
2010 Participant

"When I discovered my son had autism at the age of two, I scrambled around for another year to look for someone to help him. I heard about ANDI Initiative's Parent Training programme and was excited at the prospect of learning skills to help my son. I could see positive changes in my son. His therapists and I tracked his improvement from a boy trapped in his own head to a child who loves people. He's still a work in progress, but now I'm able to explore other forms of techniques of helping and connecting with him, because the initial training by ANDI Initiative made me brave, skilled, proactive and empowered."

- Parent, 2007 Participant, Petaling Jaya

"The training helped me to communicate with my son effectively. In return, he is able to relate to me in a sensible way. Introducing a new routine is no longer a struggle."

- Parent of 7-year-old, 2008 Participant, Putrajaya

The ASD Parent Training is a five-month training programme for parents of children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder who want to learn how to teach their child skills, improve their child's cooperation and other behaviours, and have fun with their child during this process. The trainer uses both relationship-based methodologies and Applied Behaviour Analysis. The trainer is equally influenced by the HANDLE (R) approach, the sensory integration paradigm and Social Thinking (R).

Totalling more than 40 hours, this training series provides guidance, information and support about:

- setting up a learning programme at home
- troubleshooting difficulties
- improving behaviours
- keeping learning fun!

Through small-group training sessions, verbal and video feedback, home visits, written data and phone consultations, parents give the trainer information on the child's progress in order to get the next steps in each child's learning programme, and to get guidance from the trainer in determining what those next steps would be.

The training includes:

- FIVE small group training sessions
- SIX support visits to your home
- Phone-email consultations
- "Parent-to-Parent Support": During the training series, parents will be be able to access moral support and information from several parents who participated in previous intakes of this training series.

Small-group Training Dates:

Initial Training (Session 1)
Monday, 18 February
9:00am until 3:30pm

Initial Training (Session 2)
Monday, 25 February
9:00am until 3:30pm

Training Session 3
Monday, 1 April
9:00am until 3:30pm

Training Session 4
Monday, 6 May
9:00am until 3:30pm

Training Session 5
Monday, 10 June
9:00am until 3:30pm

Training Venue: SS2, Petaling Jaya. Address will be given to confirmed participants.

Support Visits to the Home:

A total of 6 support visits will be made by a member of our Support Visit Team to your home between February and June 2013, at a time suitable for the family.

What families have said about this training series:

"I have benefited a lot from this training...I can now communicate with my child who was previously non-verbal using the communication tools introduces in the training, we have fun during the therapy sessions, we have bonded so much more and most important of all - both of us are no longer frustrated with each other."

- Parent of 4-year-old, 2009 Participant, Ampang

"After 13 weeks of this programme, my son has shown improvement. Thanks to this effective programme, I feel more calm..."

- Parent of 2-year-old, 2007 Participant, Cheras

"This is truly a one-of-a-kind programme where parents are trained and given full support be it techniques, trouble-shooting advice and counselling to start learning or behaviour management programmes with the child. I learnt so many new things and methods, and the 'whys' and 'hows'.

What gave me confidence was Intan's approach to fine-tune/correct our skills during home visits. He still has a long way to but this parent training has given me the skill, confidence and hope to carry on."

- Parent of 3-year-old, Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, 2011 Participant

There are only 8 total spots available for the ASD Parent Training & Support Series, and these spots may be determined by age, diagnosis or suitability of the child for this programme.

To enquire, or to request an application form, or to speak with parents who have previously gone through this training, please contact ANDI Initiative at ANDI.Initiative@gmail.com or leave a message at 012-538-6134.

To read more Parent Testimonials about this Parent Training Programme, please click HERE

***Quotes reprinted with express permission.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Free Talk on HANDLE coming up on Dec 3, 2012!

I have seen some children make progress after HANDLE was included into their lives! To find out more about this approach, click HERE for details on a free talk coming up in Kuala Lumpur on December 3, 2012, called How HANDLE Helps Learning.