Time to Act for the Youngsters with Autism!
Today, children with autism are the most common disabled children. Autism, in the broadest sense of the word, is a certain neuropsychiatric disorder that starts in the early stages of life and lasts a lifetime, with delays and deviations in social relationships, communication, behavior and cognitive development. Autism has a very serious influence on the life of an individual and his family.
In other words, autism is an advanced and complex developmental disorder with limited attention, obsessive and repetitive behavior in the first three years of childhood for various reasons. The most striking features of children with autism are inadequacy in language learning, introversion, overreaction to change, tenacity to maintain the same behavior, difficulty learning the abstract concepts, inability to understand the concept of time, inability to perceive speeches, limited relationships with people, and inability to make eye contact.
The studies show that the number of people with autism in the world has increased in recent years. In 1985, only one in 2500 children, one in 150 children in 2000, one in 88 children in 2008 were diagnosed with autism, and every 68 children today are at risk of autism. One in 55 children in Europe now runs the risk of becoming autistic. This figure indicates that one in every 50 children in our country runs the risk of being autistic.
It is not known exactly what causes autism. Researchers emphasize that many factors cause this. Although the cause is unknown, it is possible to minimize developmental disorders of these children through early intervention and not to allow the gap between these children and their peers through effective training methods.
People with autism feel love, happiness, sadness and pain like all people, but they have difficulty expressing themselves. Just like everyone else, they also have feelings and legal rights. Children with autism expect to be recognized, understood and accepted by society, both in education and in social life, in the context of equal opportunities. Their only treatment is an approach supported by well-planned training that involves love, patience, and understanding.
With this project the youth workers have learned how to use sport as a tool to develop skills for self-care, play, socialization and communication and to increase organizational competences, the good practices in different countries in this area have been shared. On the other hand, awareness has been raised among young people who are not very aware of the autistic individuals and those who are deficient in this area have revealed that these individuals can be successful and can be integrated into society, The motivation of the participants has been increased to become more involved in activities related to these people.
The main goal is to improve the skills of young people and youth workers who work with these children to develop their social and psychomotor skills and to become more involved in social life.
The specific objectives for training were:
- Increase the ability of youth workers to help children with mild autism acquire self-care skills through physical activities.
- Show youth workers the obstacles to the skills of play, socialization and communication of slightly autistic children and show them how to overcome these obstacles through sport.
- Spread good practice in partner countries to partner institutions.
The objectives of the Youth Exchange were:
- Make young people aware of the problems of autism.
- To show young people that children with autism will also be successful.
- To increase the motivation of young people about working with children with autism.
Our project focused on young people with fewer opportunities and offered more opportunities for mobility for those who work in youth, has raised the level of basic skills and competences of autistic young people and those who worked with these young people have promoted the increasing quality of activities for the autistic, social inclusion and solidarity in terms of inclusion of these individuals. These four aspects contributed to the specific objectives of Erasmus + in the youth field.
It has promoted intercultural dialogue with cultural activities, raising awareness of the fact that people with autism are also individuals, it has encouraged respect for their rights to be involved in social life, and the motivation of young people and young people support employees to take initiative in the field of social inclusion and success of these young people with autism.