Andreas: Help for Autistic Families in Slovakia

by Pontis Foundation
Andreas: Help for Autistic Families in Slovakia
Andreas: Help for Autistic Families in Slovakia
Andreas: Help for Autistic Families in Slovakia
Andreas: Help for Autistic Families in Slovakia
Andreas: Help for Autistic Families in Slovakia
Andreas: Help for Autistic Families in Slovakia
Andreas: Help for Autistic Families in Slovakia
Andreas: Help for Autistic Families in Slovakia
Andreas: Help for Autistic Families in Slovakia
Andreas: Help for Autistic Families in Slovakia
Andreas: Help for Autistic Families in Slovakia
Andreas: Help for Autistic Families in Slovakia
Andreas: Help for Autistic Families in Slovakia
Andreas: Help for Autistic Families in Slovakia
Andreas: Help for Autistic Families in Slovakia
Andreas: Help for Autistic Families in Slovakia
Andreas: Help for Autistic Families in Slovakia
Andreas: Help for Autistic Families in Slovakia
Andreas: Help for Autistic Families in Slovakia
Andreas: Help for Autistic Families in Slovakia
Andreas: Help for Autistic Families in Slovakia
Andreas: Help for Autistic Families in Slovakia
General Cluster
General Cluster

During their stay at Andreas Autism center we offer children and young adults with autism all kinds of therapy and leisure activities. Lukáš’ favorite are art therapy and music therapy.

Lukáš is a young man who celebrated his 27th birthday this June. He was diagnosed with atypical autism before the age of three. He would not talk and he appeared as if he was not hearing. He enjoyed stereotypes and his favorite pastime was spinning the wheels on an inverted bicycle. When he was five, he started drawing his first pictures. The drawings were simple at first, mere stick figures on which he learned to add the eyes, ears and nose. Through drawing pictures, he eventually started talking. He formed first sentences at the age of seven. His art was improving. Mostly, he enjoyed drawing cartoons of Tom and Jerry, or Spider-Man with a regular pencil. Although he would typically draw the same figures, he always captured a different facial expression. Only when he was satisfied with the outline would he proceed to finish the picture with color pencils.

When Lukáš was twelve, he started attending art therapy in Andreas Autism center. It was here where he began to paint on canvas with a brush and forged his own style. He really likes to mix colors to achieve just the right shades. He always arrives with a clear idea of what he wants to draw. Him and his therapist have a unique connection. Often, she only has to think what Lukáš could still add to the picture, and he starts painting it without her ever saying a word.

Lukáš loves traveling. Upon return, he records his experiences on the canvas. Paintings from his adventures include the Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower or the Statue of Liberty. He enjoys portraying faces of different ethnicities and attire – the Scotts or Mexicans among others, but also political figures such as Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill and Barack Obama. Currently, he mostly draws my dog and the Christmas holidays. All from the top of his head. If he goes to a concert and takes interest in a singer, he crafts a portrait of her during the next therapy session.

Lukáš also likes to communicate. In his own way, he keeps track of all social happening. He proudly casted his votes twice for presidential candidates. He understands political elections well. Although after the first round, he could not understand that a female can also become president. He learned and remembered that presidents were always male and took that for granted. Today he knows well enough (among many other people in our society) that a woman can represent a country as well as any man. And so to this day, there are three paintingshung on the walls of Andreas portrayingthe president of the Slovak Republic, Zuzana Caputová.

 

Lukáš typically presents himself in blue attire – blue t-shirt or shirt and jeans. Jacket and bag are blue by default as well. Lukáš is also good at skiing and horseback riding. When he paints his portraits, he talks to his characters and depending on his mood, adds wings or hearts. It is a great pleasure working with him!

 

Written by Lucia, sister of Lukáš

 

Project is managed by organization Andreas whose project ‘For parents without parents’ provides various leisure activities for people with autism. One hour of art therapy costs 10 euros. Many thanks for all your contributions.

Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln
Statue of Liberty
Statue of Liberty
Cuban
Cuban
President Zuzana Caputova
President Zuzana Caputova
Barack Obama
Barack Obama
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Kubko
Kubko

It was Tuesday and assistant Janka was on the way to pick up Kubko and Alin from school and take them to the Autistic centre Andreas.  It was a pleasant spring day and everything was as usual. Phlegmatic Alin was walking side by side with Janka and curious Kubko was walking a few meters ahead of them. A bus was arriving at the bus stop as they were approaching it. Kubko, who is eager to be the first, didn’t hesitate and got on the bus. Despite the fact Janka with Alin tried to open the closed bus door, the bus moved ahead. Kubko was sitting in the bus and Janka with Alin were disappearing out of his sight. What might have he been thinking about? Did he realize he was lost without his assistant? A lady who saw what happened told him: “Don’t worry, you can get off at the next stop and wait for them”. It was wise and logical advice but not for a twenty-one-year-old autistic Kubko. Kubko has never been in such a complicated situation alone without “his” close person. Nobody knows how the things would end up if Marika didn’t help.

Marika, a twenty-four-year old young woman/angel, who was aware of the situation decided to help. She got off the bus with Kubko and came back to the previous bus stop. Unfortunately, Janka and Alin weren’t there anymore. They decided to look for Kubko. They alarmed the parents, bus drivers, police and so on. They believed somebody would find him and accompany him.

In the meantime, Marika wanted from Kubko to remember the way back to school and take them there. Kubko was doing very well but halfway he got stuck. He might have said to himself: “Isn’t it too late for school? I have already been there today!” Marika didn’t give up. She was asking people passing by and searching on google. Finally, she found the school and called there. The school contacted the parents. It most probably isn’t necessary to describe how happy everybody was.

Such situations are any teachers or assistants’ nightmares. However, there are some positive aspects to look at. What would I do, what would you do in such a situation?  Are we ready to help? If angels are among us, they are like Marika. And they might be travelling in public transportation. Thank you, Marika!

Written by Lucia, Kubko and Alin’s assistant

This project provides various leisure activities for children with autism. One therapeutic hour costs 20 euros. Thank you for your support.  

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Bubble blower works wonders
Bubble blower works wonders

During stays in Autistic Center Andreas we offer younger children with autism the possibility of education-behavioral therapy (intervention), which is based on ABA. This therapy focuses on developing communication, cognitive abilities, social skills and games and its basic principle is encouraging appropriate behavior.

‘‘There is hardly any worse moment in human life than to realize that your child is not developing properly.The next big shock is to find out that help is only available after several months in the better case, or 6 months and perhaps more in the worse scenario. In the case of young children with special needs, the waiting period to determine the diagnosis and the ensuing intervention is disturbingly long.

Establishments such as Autistic Center Andreas must expand to meet the ever increasing demand for their services. The extremely long waiting period is a testament to an unbalanced supply and demand. As a parent, I am very privileged and grateful that my daughter can regularly visit this highly specialized institution - Andreas.

I feel that we are in good hands. The therapy was custom tailored to my daughter’s strengths and weaknesses and is improving the quality of her own life as well as our family’s. Professional therapists in the Center also take the time to organize seminars and workshops to educate us, parents about autism.

In Andreas, we were met with truly the required quality of equipment and care from the personnel. For this, we would be delighted to see their service further develop in the future especially for the satisfaction of the parents of children with special needs.’’

- Written by a mother of a child enrolled in the program of Autistic Center Andreas

The project ‘‘For parents without parents’’ provides various kinds of leisure activities for children with autism including therapy. One session (50 minutes) of education-behavioral intervention costs €17.00. Thank you for your contributions.

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Education-behavioral therapy
Education-behavioral therapy
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ABA intervention method
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Snoezelen
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Changes of Perception
Changes of Perception

On the World Autism Day an exhibition of paintings and photographs created by young people with autism will be held in the European Parliament in Strasburg due to Jana Zitnanská’s invitation who is a member of the European Parliament. The exhibition called “Our Blue Universe” will take place from the 26th to the 28th March 2019.

Some clients from the centre Andreas will take part in the vernissage and one of them will be Peter, a 25 year old young man. Peter has Asperger’s syndrome and he will exhibit a series of photographs called “Changes of Perception”.

“My perception of a photograph and its detail is based on my own perception of the world. I have always been particularly connected to details. Life is a puzzle of many details, we do not capture many times, only if we see it as a whole of passing days. I have always been interested in photographs, mainly the old ones.

I used to browse through photographs from the old family albums. I noticed all the details; I found the structure of paper and the silver surface film of the photographs interesting. When I bought my first camera with the money I found in an old radio, I started to capture life based on my own perception.

I see the photograph as a deep manifestation of the person’s inside, which doesn’t only show the photograph’s perception but also its observation, spiritual depth, sensitivity to see things other people go round without seeing. 

In a series called “Changes of Perception” I took photographs of balls in the book and their details. The balls changed the perception of the text in the book and gave the book a new dimension. In the form of kaleidoscope the abstraction of the text was even more enhanced,” wrote Peter (25), young amateur photographer with Asperger’s syndrome.

 

The Project For parents without parents offers various freetime activities for children with autism. One hour of art therapy costs 10 eur. Thank you for your donation.

2. Angel's precipice
2. Angel's precipice
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Emotion
Birth of light
Birth of light
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On the wall
On the wall

In summer 2018, we organized a summer day camp with free-time activities for children with autism in the Autistic Centre Andreas. Altogether eight children attended the camp. 6-year old twins, Lukáš and Oliver from Pezinok, attended the camp, too. The parents appreciated this possibility. 

“Summer camps or similar types of service are very important for us, parents, because we are at peace as we know our children are with professionals. Kindergartens are closed for two months during the summer holiday and it is not possible for parents to be at home with the children. We wish there were such camps for 2 months. The employees with the right qualification and experience are important because they know how to evaluate the needs and approach to each child with a special care. They take care of the children the way the children can understand them. Four days in the camp were more useful for our children than staying at a place where it is enough just to survive a day… The care they offer for the children in the Centre Andreas is amazing and that’s why the children improve fast.

Lukasko and Oliverko were very happy. We could see it, because every morning they would run up the stairs and did not wait for us. Our children were also happy when we came to pick them up. The boys had a lot of experiences. Therefore, the employees of the Centre Andreas made us happy too.”

Lukas and Oliver’s mum

 

The project For parents without parents offers various free-time activities for children with autism, such as the summer camp. We are able to organize just one (one week long) summer camp a year. Thank you for your donation.

The twins after waking up
The twins after waking up
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Snack
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Play
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At the zoo
At the playground
At the playground
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Trip to a historic sight
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Pontis Foundation

Location: Bratislava, Slovakia - Slovakia
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Marek Chalány
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Marek Chalány
program coordinator for individual philantropy
Bratislava, Slovakia

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