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ESIPP project. Newsletter #3
October 2016
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Equity and Social Inclusion
through Positive Parenting (ESIPP)
ERASMUS+ PROJECT 2015-1-UK01-KA204-013397
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  1. ESIPP Partners presented at the Autism-Europe’s 11th International Congress
  2. First journal article from ESIPP published in the European Journal of Special Needs Education
  3. Parents share their experience during the second parent training delivered in Skopje
  4. Coping with food and sleep issues in Skopje
  5. Skopje holds the third ESIPP project’s transnational meeting
  6. David Preece and Loizos Symeou speak at the ECER conference in Dublin: “ESIPP's initial survey reflects the need for cultural sensitivity and awareness in services for autism”
  7. ESIPP partners meet in Edinburgh for the 4th transnational project meeting
  8. ESIPP project next steps

ESIPP Partners presented at the Autism-Europe’s 11th International Congress

ESIPP partners showcased their research, which included a presentation by David Preece about the ESIPP project and our findings so far. The Autism-Europe’s 11th International Congress in Edinburgh  brought together more than 1,750 self-advocates, parents, professionals, carers and other interested parties from around the world (including Europe, Asia, African nations, South America, USA and Canada, Australia and New Zealand) from the 16 to 18 September.

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First journal article from ESIPP published in the European Journal of Special Needs Education

In September 2016, the European Journal of Special Needs Education published the first research article regarding the ESIPP project. More significantly it has been published Open Access, free for everyone to view. The peer-reviewed article discusses the results of the initial parent survey and was published under the title: “Accessing parental perspectives to inform the development of parent training in autism in South-Eastern Europe”.

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Parents share their experience during the second parent training delivered in Skopje

From the 29 September to the 3 October, ESIPP partners delivered the second part of the ESIPP training for a group of 20 parents of children with autism in the special school “D-r Zlatan Sremec” in Skopje, FYR of Macedonia. The first part of the training took place in March 2016 with the participation of the same group of parents.

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Coping with food and sleep issues in Skopje

On the 17 June, ESIPP trainers Ron Fortuna and Angela Capper from Target Autism, together with home trainer Philip Jurtoski and ESIPP partners from the Macedonian Scientific Society for Autism delivered the training session “Exploring Food, Mealtime and Sleep Issues” to a group of 20 parents of children with autism attending the first parent training sessions in Skopje.

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Skopje holds the third ESIPP project’s transnational meeting

From the 15 to the 16 June, ESIPP partners held the third transnational project meeting in Skopje, FYR of Macedonia, hosted by the Macedonian Scientific Society for Autism (MSSA). Project partners were welcomed to the University of St. Cyril & Methodius by Prof Lena Damovska (Vice Dean of Studies, Faculty of Philosophy) and Vladimir Trajkovski. This meeting, attended by 13 people from five different countries, aimed to share understanding of the project’s progress as well as to ensure its viability and success.

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David Preece and Loizos Symeou speak at the ECER conference in Dublin: “ESIPP's initial survey reflects the need for cultural sensitivity and awareness in services for autism”

From the 23 to the 26 August, the University College of Dublin held the conference “ECER 2016 Leading Education: The Distinct Contributions of Educational Research and Researchers”. In this framework, ESIPP partners David Preece and Loizos Symeou presented the ESIPP project and the results of the initial parent survey undertaken to identify the perspectives of families in the three participating countries regarding training. 

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ESIPP partners meet in Edinburgh for the 4th transnational project meeting 

The fourth transnational ESIPP project meeting was held between the 15 to 18 September, on the eve of Autism-Europe’s 11th International Congress. 16 partners from 5 different countries met in the Cosla Conference Centre in Edinburgh to exchange updates about the project and finishing preparations for the Congress. 

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ESIPP project next steps
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The second parent training sessions will be delivered in Croatia and Cyprus in November 2016. The project’s fifth transnational meeting will be held in March 2017 in Croatia. Before this meeting, the first multiplier event (a one-day stakeholder conference) of the project will be held in Zagreb.

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