During our trip to Nepal in July 2011 we are focusing on "training the trainers". In Kathmandu, the trainers (aka service providers) are also the parents of the children who have autism. There are currently no school programs and very few professionals who have the training it takes to provide the appropriate intervention that these kiddos need. Families still have difficulty even getting a diagnosis of autism in Nepal and typically have to go to India. Children who have autism are often still ostracized in their own community. Please take a moment to read some short articles about Autism Care Nepal, the organization comprised of parents who we are continuing to work with (we started working with them during our first KfP trip in 2009):
We will be providing extensive training to 30 parents in the areas of communication, sensory integration, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Floortime/DIR, and we will be assisting them with organizing the center (ACN) so that it is in line with the TEACCH model. Parents will be divided into three groups, with one of the groups being an "advanced" group for parents who have already had some basic training.