From the 10th to the 11th May, 30 trainees attended the two different face-to-face training sessions developed in the framework of the European Commission’s Erasmus+ Programme IPA+. The training sessions were held in the facilities of project partner Autismo Burgos (Spain) and included a visit to the association’s main services and facilities.
On May 10, 15 students from the Advanced Level of the IPA+ training could participate in the face-to-face session delivered by project partner José Luis Cuesta, who was there to answer all the practical and specific questions that the students had after finishing the theoretical modules. Students were very participative and came up with interesting questions about specific areas such as the causes and risk factors in autism, early detection in infants and toddlers, differential diagnosis and the latest good practices for approaches focusing on quality of life.
The following day, 10 students from the Basic Level had the opportunity to take part in a fruitful and in-depth visit of Autismo Burgos’s main services and facilities. Learners discovered the Day Center for adults, the Early Care School, the Housing service and the APITEA program (a group of services aimed at children and young people with a higher level of autonomy). Even though the activity was coordinated by project partners Christian García and Celia Gil, the managers of each service were on hand to explain to the students the specific work they do in these centers. Learners were interested to know how the theoretical content of their studies could apply in practice. They asking questions about how to develop individualised materials for interventions, about strategies to keep professionals and families well-coordinated, as well as other more general questions. An additional five students joined the group to complete the face-to-face session in the classroom.
At this point, partners from Autismo Burgos are working on the post-training stage of the project, gathering information about the results, the satisfaction of the students and further information, to know what went well and what could be improved.
The training curriculum has a lifelong perspective, following an evidence-centered approach, and the contents are based on scientific advances and outputs. The course combines both face-to-face and online sessions, which stimulate participation, especially for employed professionals. At the end of the course, official certificates will be provided.