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Supporting youngsters with autism in youth work: Relationships and social interactions

The training activity took place
in Slovenia
organised by Center za Mlade Domžale and Društvo ASPI
Reference person

Teja Oblak

(President of the Association ASPI, co-trainer and organiser)
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Aims & objectives

The aim of the activity was to teach to the youth workers practical ways how to support youth with more support needs on building and maintaining friendships, dealing with family issues and creating flourishing intimate relationships. Youth center Domžale and Association ASPI deal with these issues through their everyday work with youth coming to the youth center and youth with autism participating to the activities of ASPI.

Target group & international/intercultural composition of the group & team

The participants to the activity came from Slovenia, Spain, Italy, Greece and Croatia. The team had members from Slovenia and Finland.

Training methods used & main activities

The training was based on Non-Formal Learning methods like world cafe, open space, snowballing, lines and walk & talk. It also included discussive lectures from professionals. The main method was Do-It-Yourself workshops that the international participants designed and led for the autistic users of ASPI using NFL methods.

Outcomes of the activity

The training increased the capabilities of the participants to design, implement and evaluate different kinds of activities for young adults with higher support needs addressing the topics of Friendship, Family and Partnership. It also created three successful workshops with young adults with autism and 9 ready activities to be used in the youth work field.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

I was the other half of the training team with my Slovenian colleague responsible of designing, implementing and evaluating the training course as a full-time trainer.

I worked on this training for 5 days as a full time trainer.

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