IRODA 'Parents of Children with Autism Initiative'

IRODA exists to advocate for the rights and interests of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and endeavors to ensure that they have access to quality services appropriate for their unique needs. IRODA strives towards seeing persons with ASD in Tajikistan being treated with dignity and respect, as valued members within society. IRODA is doing this by: raising awareness of ASD and increasing understanding, amongst both the medical and educational professions and the general public, of the needs of children with ASD and their families. working with the government and other non-governmental organizations to provide appropriate services for children with ASD providing training on ASD in a r...
Oct 27, 2015

Starting Young

Over the last 5 years IRODA has worked hard to see children with autism identified as early as possible, and given access to learning opportunities and support appropriate for their needs.  In recent times there has been an increasing number of children with autism being involved with IRODA’s work from a young age.  It has been pleasing to see these families getting support early on and avoiding some of the confusion and stress that a misdiagnosis or lack of services creates. 

IRODA staff are continually seeking to learn how best to support children and families in the early years.  Recently new approaches have been introduced in the early childhood program to incorporate staff visiting children and families at home, a stronger emphasis on workers partnering with parents to develop strategies to address the challenges they face, and a focus on opportunities for learning within the child’s everyday environments.

During a recent evaluation of the program more than two thirds of the families involved indicated that the support has significantly increased their confidence for interacting and communicating with their child.  A similar number of families also reported a significant decrease in their anxiety related to coping with their child’s challenging behavior. The majority of families were able to identify new skills and knowledge that they have gained through their involvement in the program.  

IRODA is committed to continually improving the work that it does in order to see the best possible outcomes for children and families.  Thank you for you on-going support that is allowing the organization to grow and develop.  

Jul 28, 2015

Making in-roads in Tajikistan

IRODA staff travel to the regions of Tajikistan
IRODA staff travel to the regions of Tajikistan

Last November, IRODA, with the support of the World Health Organization, UNICEF and the Open Society Foundation, was able to train health professionals from around the country in diagnosis and intervention for children with autism.  Recently two IRODA staff travelled to five different regions in Tajikistan to provide mentoring and support to the professionals who had attended the training.  It was pleasing to find that all participants had started to use the new knowledge they gained through the training to identify children with autism.  

As the IRODA staff travelled to the regions they were able to answer questions and give feedback to the participants about the process of diagnosing autism and starting early intervention.  Since the training in November last year there have been 63 children in total diagnosed with autism in the five areas from which professionals were trained.  These children are now receiving support through a local government clinic or non-government organization. 

Since beginning its work in 2008 IRODA has been limited to predominately working with children and families in the capital city of Dushanbe.  It has been exciting that the training conducted last November led to children from around the country receiving an appropriate diagnosis and starting to access support for their learning and development.  IRODA is working towards seeing children with autism from right around the country identified at the earliest possible opportunity and receiving the support that will allow them to reach their full potential.  Your ongoing partnership with IRODA will enable us to continue further training and professional support that will extend the work even further around the nation of Tajikistan.  

Apr 28, 2015

Let's Cook!

Lots to learn in the kitchen...
Lots to learn in the kitchen...

As IRODA has grown as an organization over the last 5 years the children that they been working with have also grown up! The committed IRODA staff are continually looking for ways in which to encourage the children and young people that they work with to gain new skills. A recent addition to the space in which IRODA works with young people with autism has been a kitchen.  This is providing great opportunities for those who attend IRODA’s programs to develop some basic cooking skills.  With the support of IRODA staff they are learning the steps that are involved in preparing food, as well as learning to follow instructions and work together.  As they do this there is the added motivation and reward of being able to eat what they’ve cooked!

Many of the young people IRODA is working with have spent a significant part of their childhood without opportunities to attend school or be involved in their local communities.  IRODA is committed to seeing these young people develop new skills and have the chance to participate alongside others in family and community life.  The new kitchen at IRODA is just one way in which young people can gain skills for life within a supportive and understanding environment.  Your on-going support of IRODA’s work is allowing us to continue to create new opportunities and experiences for children and young people with autism in Tajikistan.  Thank you!

 

 

 
   

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