This next weekend, Planeta Imaginario Foundation moves to Italy to take part in the training focused on the ABA methodology.
Basic training in the ABA Intervention Model.
The Foundation thus makes the third course abroad this year 2016 , this time we move to Chieti Scalo.
The course is organized by the Università degli Studi di Chieti (Ud'A).
Planeta Imaginario Foundation, through our Social Project assisting other entities, collaborates with the social company Dinamiks Education Leisure and Sport in the BTTEA Project, that has the aim of bringing sports to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder through bicicles.
Since October and until June, staff from Planeta Imaginario Foundation together with staff from Dinamiks, work to increase Self-care Skills of a group of children with ASD, with the goal of increasing their psychomotor activity, encouraging their social skills and of course learning and enjoying riding a bicycle.
Planeta Imaginario Foundation finished the stage at the USA and Argentina. The reception of our Foundation has been incredible at both destinations, and so has been the interest of the participants in learning.
Once the internship has ended, the first conclusion we obtain is the evident increase and interest in training and improving the aptitudes in ABA methodology, with the purpose of improving our work with the children.
During the international stage, specifically, at the course of ASEMCO Foundation(Argentina) that was both online and in-persone, we had more than 300 registered participants. On the other hand, at the Killen Center(Texas) we’ve been training the total of their motivated and committed staff. Great opportunities at both destinations!!
Planeta Imaginario Foundation is starting, once again, a training tour while developing Training Programs focused in ABA methodology. During the months of April and May we will be giving three new courses in Texas (USA) and Buenos Aires (Argentina).
Specifically, during the 21st and 24th of April we will do the intensive training course in Killen (Texas), oriented to Speech Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists. This course will be done thanks to the collaboration of the Texas Occupational Therapy Association.
That is why since then, every April 2nd Planeta Imaginario Foundation gets covered in blue to divulge what autism is, how detecting it and the most important, how treating it.
The epidemiological data about the rate of ASD, according to different researches and webs of reference, is 1 over 681 2 kids. It seems this incidence is maintained in time concerning the number of boys and girls that are diagnosed, being between 3 and 4 times higher in boys. Currently in Spain there are about 50.000 children with autism.
What is the ABA Intervention model? Which is its origin? How does it work?
Here we offer an introduction.
First, what do we understand by ABA? It corresponds to "Applied Behavior Analysis".
The Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a branch of Psychology that has provided a large amount of scientific studies –published at magazines with methodology review criteria- proving the efficacy of diverse procedures and behavioral techniques in reducing inappropriate behaviors, while increasing the repertoire of appropriate behaviors and new skills, specifically in children with autism.
It is well known the amount of difficulties that parents of kids with Autistic Spectrum Disorder find once their kids are diagnosed. One of the first difficulties they find is the insufficient services provided to kids with ASD by the Public Health System which is specifically a maximum of 1h 30’ per week (this amount can vary depending on the location). This fact is far from the minimum recommended hours for the treatment of children with ASD, as well as the kind of treatment they should receive.
This fact contrasts with the current consensus among the medical international institutions, who consider that an effective treatment has to be intensive (a minimum of 20h per week), early and behavioral.
During the past 2015 the apps developed by Planeta Imaginario Foundation have been used by thousands of users, who emphasize their high functionality for children with autism to learn. These apps are based in ABA methodology and focused in developing social and language skills.
As a result of this growing interest, the website Autism Speaks gives us recognition, recommending Abaplanet as a platform that helps the development of language skills, both for children with ASD and children other learning disorders.
The training department of Planeta Imaginario Foundation closes the year 2015 with a very positive balance with the training activities developed during last year, focused in ABA methodology for children with autism.
During the last year there have been a total number of 15 workshops in cities as Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, Malaga, Ibiza and others abroad like Argentina, United States or Chile. Concurrently, Planeta Imaginario Training has stablished agreements with universities as the Autonomous University of Barcelona, the International University of Catalonia and the University of Seville.
The staff of Fundación Planeta Imaginario wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
We will continue adding to that 2016 is a great year for all who confide in the Fundacion Planeta Imaginario.