To achieve this, I applied a three-step method in the project I offered:
- 1. Creating the ideal circumstances to make the direct environment understand the way a child with autism experiences his/her environment.
- 2. Creating the ideal circumstances to guide and stimulate the child’s personal development through activities focused on learning to live in their body, soul and to cope with the environment around them.
- 3. Guiding children into gaining more control over their thinking, their feelings and general behaviour.
This spring I was in Iraq, initially at the centre for autism of the MoH in Erbil. After having discussed the right approach with the MoH contact person, the Ministry of Social Affairs, which had merged with the MoH, requested me to also teach at their centre for autism in Sulaymaniyah. As such, I spent my time between the two cities.
I taught my project to all the staff members of the centres over the course of the period.
Sometimes in small groups, but also to all staff members at the same time.
My training enabled them to apply the three-step method which allowed me to advise them when needed.
I could tell that the staff members were keen to learn as they were very interested and involved and asked many questions.