1. We offer specialized assistance to people with autism:
1. We offer specialized
     assistance
to people
     with autism:
    • Psycho-educational CEPIA program, in context and school schedule hours
    • Diagnosis and evaluation
    • Therapies
    • Remote service: development, screening, informative webinars, assistance via phone
  • Psycho-educational CEPIA program, in context and school schedule hours
  • Diagnosis and evaluation
  • Therapies
  • Remote service: home development program, diagnosis screening (informative webinars, assistance via phone)

2. We offer professionals, parents and relatives training and education in assistance to people with autism.

2. We offer  professionals,
     parents and relatives
     training and education

     in assistance to people
     with autism.
3. We promote and enable the inclusion of people with autism into     society:
3. We promote and enable
     the inclusion of people
     with autism into society:
    • Awareness Initiatives regarding autism
    • We support and offer support and counseling to other educational institutions which assist people with autism.
  • Awareness Initiatives regarding autism
  • We support and offer support and counselling to other educational institutions which assist people with autism.

Regarding Autism

Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder, also called  “autism spectrum disorder” (ASD). This means that it affects each person in a particular manner and can be present in a very light to very severe form.  

Autism impacts development in areas related to social interaction and communication skills, and typically lasts throughout their entire life.

Children and adults with autism face particular challenges in order to make sense of the information that reaches them through their senses, organize themselves, understand and use the language to communicate, and to socially relate with other persons. As a consequence, they experience great difficulty in-those different environments, as in their progress with conventional teaching methods.

Albeit autism affects everyone in a different manner, and symptoms vary from one person to another, most people with autism don’t have the same mechanisms for learning as those whose development progresses according to their age; that is, observing and imitating what they hear and see in others, see doing and saying. Hence, these persons must ‘learn to learn’ in order to communicate, behave and play.

With an adequate diagnosis and intervention, the person can achieve the development of skills that will benefit the quality of his life.

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Prevalence (Cases)

Source: U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – ADDM network

Alarm signals

1

At the age of 6 months, the baby doesn’t smile at people or shows affection.

2

At the age of 12 months, doesn’t gesticulate when asking for something. Example: stretching arms when wanting to be picked up, or waving ‘goodbye’.

3

At the age of 16 months, doesn’t use specific words for being understood. Example: water.

4

At the age of 24 months, doesn’t use short phrases of two words. Example: Want cookie.

5

Avoids looking at people in the eye; prefers playing alone.

6

Doesn’t show interest in a specific object or particular toy.

7
Shows and unusual attachment to a specific object or toy.
8

Doesn’t react to certain sounds, voices or when called by the name.

9

Looses and ability that the child previously had.

The signals are risk indicators of the autism spectrum disorder.

It is important to note that the presence of some of these traits does not automatically imply a diagnosis of autism.

What it does suggest is a risk alert and that the person should undergo a specialized evaluation.

If you feel you need a specialized evaluation

For more information we suggest you visit the following page, Centers for the Control and Prevention of Illnesses:  https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/spanish/autism/index.html

For more information we suggest you visit the following page, Centers for the Control and Prevention of Illnesses: https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/spanish/autism/index.html

10 things a child with autism would like you to know

I am, first and foremost, a child with autism. Not an “autistic”.

My sensory perceptions
are in disarray.

My sensory perceptions are in
disarray.

Please remember to distinguish between, I won’t (I decide not to do it), and I can’t (I can’t do it).

I am a precise thinker. This means I interpret language literally.

Please be patient with my limited vocabulary.

Since language is so difficult for me, I am more oriented towards the visual.

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Please focus and build on what I can do instead of what I can’t.

Help me to socially interact.

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Try to identify what sets off my tantrums.

If you are a loved one, please love me unconditionally.

Source: “Ten things a child with autism wishes you knew” de Ellen Notbohm (2005)

Specialized Assistance

At Fundación Autismo en Voz Alta we offer a person with autism the opportunity to receive the education
he/she is entitled to, promoting the commitment and engagement of the family, regardless
of the socioeconomic status of those who seek it.

In this sense, once the person is admitted in the program, the students can apply for our scholarship program,
and each family makes the best possible effort to contribute to the education of its representative.

At Fundación Autismo en Voz Alta we offer a person with autism the opportunity to receive the education he/she is entitled to, promoting the commitment and engagement of the family, regardless of the socioeconomic status of those who seek it.

In this sense, once the person is admitted in the program, the students can apply for our scholarship program, and each family makes the best possible effort to contribute to the education of its representative.

CEPIA Psycho-educational Program

Our psycho-educational program for the development of skills is available during school hours to children between the ages of 3 and 18.

The classrooms of 9 students each, are grouped according to the functioning and development level of the child or adolescent; a curriculum of skills and abilities based on an Individualized Teaching Program (PEI) is taught, developed for each child according to his/her needs and those of the family.

The structure, space, colors, materials and equipment are specifically designed for the needs and necessities of the persons with autism.

Our psycho-educational program for the development of skills is available during school hours to children between the ages of 3 and 18.

The classrooms of 9 students each, are grouped according to the functioning and development level of the child or adolescent; a curriculum of skills and abilities based on an Individualized Teaching Program (PEI) is taught, developed for each child according to his/her needs and those of the family.

The structure, space, colors, materials and equipment are specifically designed for the needs and necessities of the persons with autism.

Diagnosis and evaluation

Autism spectrum disorders can be difficult to diagnose, because there are no medical tests, such as blood tests, to diagnose them. It is diagnosed with the help of specialists by means of observing the behavior of the person.

At Autismo en Voz Alta we understand that an early diagnosis and evaluation is key in determining and defining the educational and assistance person with autism needs. We understand what it means for a family to receive a diagnosis of autism.

Our diagnosis and evaluation consulting services are carried out by trained psychologists, with experience in diagnosis and evaluation of people with autism.

  • We write and present a report regarding all the diagnostic areas and we talk about them with the representatives, as well as with the person with autism, if the child’s functioning and development level permits it.
  • We offer recommendations and suggestions for the treatment of the person with autism outside and at home.

Therapies

At Autismo en Voz Alta, we offer individual and/or group therapies for the focalized development of skills and abilities to behaviors that might hinder the learning capacity.

  • Therapies in the areas of psychology, integration visits, occupational psych pedagogy, and language are given by specialists, during evening hours.
  • We define the duration and frequency of the therapies based on an evaluation of the skills and abilities of the person with autism carried out at the institution.
  • We do periodic progress evaluations that are discussed with the representatives make any necessary adjustments.

Remote services

Three services deisinges to manage dynamics of  healthy, productive and educational coexistence away from and when at home.

AVA at Home

Evaluation, orientation and remote support services designed to:

  • Promote from and at home an integral development of the person with autism.
  • Provide the necessary structure, being able to avoid the anxiety, irritability and/or inadequate behaviors that may show up in environments with a lack of structure.
  • Accompany and form the facilitators in the dynamics and basic communication and intervention tools.

This service is meant for families of persons with autism, ages 3 to 18, living in Venezuela and abroad.

The programme for each family is tailor-made, taking into consideration their conditions and family dynamics and, led by a team of 2 specialists.

Autism support

  • Our specialists address specific issues and concerns of parents and relatives of persons with autism via a free of cost telephone line, and Instagram LIVE sessions.
  • This service is available to any person in Venezuela and abroad

Screening Diagnosis

  • Our specialists receive consultations and offer recommendations remotely to parents and relatives who suspect/see delay or difficulties in the development of their child.
  • Our specialists receive consultations and offer recommendations remotely to parents and relatives who suspect/see delay or difficulties in the development of their child.
  • This service is available to anyone in Venezuela or abroad.

Training and education

Support for parents and representatives

We respond explicitly to the need of information and support of the parents and representatives in order to enable them to participate effectively in the education of their children with autism.

We organize discussion and information forums for the parents to share ideas and learn about the implications of having a member of the family with autism spectrum disorder.

We respond explicitly to the need of information and support of the parents and representatives in order to enable them to participate effectively in the education of their children with autism.

We organize discussion and information forums for the parents to share ideas and learn about the implications of having a member of the family with autism spectrum disorder.

We create the necessary awareness in order to eliminate barriers and limitations imposed by the lack of knowledge regarding the available alternatives and options.

Professional formation

At Autismo en  Voz Alta we respond explicitly to the critical need for professional training and education of professionals for assistance of autism in Venezuela.

Coaching and training
We offer our employees and families workshops and development programs (theoretical and practical) regarding the necessary skills
and expertise for assisting this  growing population.  We are an alternative in the formation of professionals from different areas, educators, psych pedagogues, language therapists, psychologists
and occupational therapists.

At Autismo en  Voz Alta we respond explicitly to the critical need for professional training and education of professionals for assistance of autism in Venezuela.

Coaching and training
We offer our employees and families workshops and development programs (theoretical and practical) regarding the necessary skills and expertise for assisting this  growing population.  We are an alternative in the formation of professionals from different areas, educators, psychopedagogues, language therapists, psychologists and occupational therapists.

Training professionals

We offer a Diploma Course and a Specialization in alliance with Universidad Monteavila, designed and taught by the CEPIA Team. Graduates include professionals from diverse areas such as special education, integral, preschool, language therapy, occupational therapy, psychology, medicine, nutrition and dietetics, among others.

  • We have been offering the Diploma Course since 2008.  It has a duration of one semester and a capacity for 36 students.
  • The Specialization, consisting of three semesters, began in October 2011.

Inclusion

At Autismo en Voz Alta we have focused on gathering and organizing the know-how acquired, a key
element that has allowed us to transcend beyond our classrooms.

We provide, to other educational institutions, workshops, lectures and advisory services
regarding the assistance of people with autism.

Contact us in order to explore the opportunities for working together in the assistance
of children and adolescents with autism:
• Initiatives to raise awareness about autism.
• Attention of children and adolescents with autism.

At Autismo en Voz Alta we have focused on gathering and organizing the know-how acquired, a key element that has allowed us to transcend beyond our classrooms.

We provide, to other educational institutions, workshops, lectures and advisory services regarding the assistance of people with autism.

Contact us in order to explore the opportunities for working together in the assistance  of children and adolescents with autism:
• Initiatives to raise awareness about autism.
• Attention of children and adolescents with autism.

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