The Bosnia Autism Project Needs Your Help
[Source: Speech Pathology Group: Children’s Services International]
Over the years, Speech Pathology Group: Children’s Services International (SPG: CSI) and the government of Bosnia-Herzegovina have combined their efforts to establish and implement a ground-breaking program – The Bosnia Autism Project. Our mission has been to “teach the teachers” and provide sustainable aid to children with communication impairments. Lisa Cameron has recently extended the SPG: CSI efforts to the Himalayan country of Bhutan, and Marci VonBroembsen remains active in South Africa. SPG: CSI is truly expanding and going international! But we need your help to keep the momentum flowing.
From 2009-2012, SPG: CSI sent specialized teams of professional volunteers to provide evidence-based assessment and treatment education to professionals, university students and parents in Bosnia- Herzegovina. This past summer, SPG:CSI worked with a four-year old who was hidden in his house because his family was ashamed of his disability. We met a 12-year-old who had never been to school and whose parents would lock him in his empty “bedroom” (merely a concrete room and a bucket) because he was nonverbal and had become so aggressive that they did not know how to control his behaviors.
Because of the tireless efforts from professionals in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and SPG: CSI’s dedication, together we have achieved amazing results! We are ecstatic to tell you that in October 2012 both our four-year old and the 12-year old started attending school and are doing well. For the first time students with autism and other disabilities are receiving treatment, a home-based intervention program has been established, parents are being educated, and the numbers of treatment centers continue to grow. But our mission is far from complete.
We are now in phase three of the Bosnia Autism Project, which is providing advanced training to the community leaders and medical and educational specialists. In an effort to maximize our efforts, we have invited seven key professionals and medical specialists to train with us in California for three weeks in the summer of 2013. These trail-blazing pioneers will receive advanced training in communication assessment and treatment strategies for children of all ages and stages, and go back to Bosnia to train other professional peers, leading them through a professional transformation.
For those of you who have wanted to participate with the non-profit but were unsure how, we invite you to get involved. Now is the time- and you don’t have to make the trek overseas!
Join the effort to bring our Bosnian colleagues to California. Contact us at [email protected] or [email protected] if you have any questions or want to get involved. Any and all help is welcomed, without long-term commitments!
Visit our website at www.spgcsi.org and learn more about the Bosnia Autism Project.
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Join us at CSHA for a 90 minute informational seminar (Thursday, March 8th) and Happy Hour at the Hyatt on Friday March 9th. More information to follow.
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