Project #11901

Andreas: Help for Autistic Families in Slovakia

by Pontis Foundation
Feb 25, 2014

For parents without parents


For parents without parents is a project, that gives parents of children with autism an opportunity to gain new strengths. In Autistic center Andreas we organize short time stays for children with autism. During that time their parents can devote their time and energy to their own hobbies and activities.

Since the beginning of November 2013 till the end of February 2014 we organized 12 two-day stays for 10 grown-up children with autism. Clients took part in music therapy and art therapy with professional staff. Magda stayed in our center for 6 days with her personal assistant.

 There is no other Magda

Magda is an only child. Though being 24, she still looks like a teenage girl. She started walking late, at the age of 21 months, but since then she expresses very active temperament. She is always in motion; long walks or swimming sessions are necessary to get her tired. She needs various levels of assistance with ordinary routine activities like dressing, personal hygiene, and eating. She is almost completely unable to spend time alone, she fails to find meaningful activities and the repertoire of her activities is quite limited. Magda is unable to perceive danger and needs constant surveillance. She loves to talk. Her vocabulary is quite rich, but her use of speech is stereotypical.

 Little Price and books

As well as Exupéry's Little Prince, Magda also demands answers to questions she asked. She poses many questions and demands whole-sentence answers. She likes books the best. Though she can't read, she loves to hear somebody else reading. It's not important whether they are rhymes, fairy tales or more complex stories, like Pippi Longstocking. She has amazing memory, she knows the books by heart and is able to use excerpts from them functionally in communication. Books always keep her company. She takes them when she goes for walks, she has them with her while traveling; she loves to visit bookstores and secondhand bookshops. If it's rainy and she can't go out, she spends most of the day reading, i.e. listening how someone reads to her. It's a form of communication for her. Magda is not satisfied with reproduced stories; she demands the company of a person. She loves to turn the pages. She knows exactly when.

Magda is very nice, she loves to communicate and sing. She has mutual heartwarming relationship with her parents. She dislikes when they attend to other activities. That is when the temper tantrums occur. When her mother cooks, Magda takes knifes and lifts the lids, which poses a threat for her. She hates mopping the floor and has a temper tantrum when she sees a mop in the corner. When Magda is around, you can't pay attention to anything else, just her.

 This is how the days pass, irrelevant whether it's a workday, a holiday or a vacation. Taking care of Magda is sometimes beyond human strength, because she demands attention almost all the time. Two-day stays in Autistic center Andreas help Magda's parents find time for themselves, their interests, or to clean their apartment or simply rest.

In a bookshop
In a bookshop
Magda loves to hear somebody else reading
Magda loves to hear somebody else reading

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Organization Information

Pontis Foundation

Location: Bratislava, Slovakia - Slovakia
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Marek Chalány
program coordinator for individual philantropy
Bratislava, Slovakia

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