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28.03.2018 / Announcements

A HANDBOOK AND A BOOKLET FROM THE BOARDING PASS TO AUTISM EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMME

Intent on helping children with ASD to spread their wings and fly, the Onassis Foundation has created an innovative educational programme, Boarding Pass to Autism, which consists of: an air travel procedures simulation for children with autism, an educational resource for therapists and parents of children with ASD which employs social stories, a training course delivered to staff at Athens International Airport and AEGEAN, and a booklet created to raise air travellers' awareness of autism.
The two publications were created by the Onassis Foundation under the academic aegis of Athens University:

1. SOCIAL STORIES HANDBOOK: A GROUND-BREAKING EDUCATIONAL RESOURCE FOR PARENTS AND THERAPISTS

The Boarding Pass to Autism programme also included the creation of an innovative and unique educational handbook consisting of social stories which could become an important tool in the hands of therapists and parents around Greece.

What are social stories?
They are short stories which present specific scenarios and the ways in which one or more people may be involved in them. They include information on these situations, including step-by-step guidance on dealing with them, the different ways they might play out, and the reactions we might expect from the participants.

Using photographs or a clear description of a situation, we compose a social story with a view to teaching effective and socially acceptable ways of reacting which a child with ASD can adopt in place of inadequate or ineffective behaviours. In this way, social stories help improve the behaviour of children who engage with them, while curbing possible ineffective reactions such as increased stress or a tendency to avoid situations which the person with ASD finds challenging.

You can download the handbook here.


2. TRAVELLING ALONGSIDE AUTISM: A BOOKLET WE SHOULD ALL READ

The final element of the 'Boarding pass to autism educational action is another innovation: the creation of an informational booklet for all travellers. The booklet, which you can find at Athens International Airport (AIA) and in electronic form on the official sites of both the Onassis Foundation and the AIA, provides information on autism and on the obstacles faced by children with ASD. It also provides information on the ways in which you yourself could help make air travel easier for autistic children both in the airport and aboard their flight. The initiative seeks to release the potential of these children while raising public awareness of ASD and its related issues.

Click here to download the booklet.

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