Internet-based parent training interventions have a lot of benefits.
More specifically, it removes geographical barriers, has wider accessibility, it is more convenient and demands less time commitment from parents of children with Autism.
The IPATT digital tool will allow parents to access training focused on their empowerment in the management of the needs and challenges that their children present in their daily functioning.
To this end, The IPAT Training Module was tested during the IPAT Training activity for parents of children with autism in Greece, Spain, Italy and Turkey. In training, the activity took part over 60 parents completed 8 sessions, with a total duration of 24 hours.
The topics included in the Training Module were the following:
Understanding autism, psychological distress and impact on the family, social communication, interaction and skills, understanding and managing behaviours that cause concern, child and parent interaction, social inclusion and autonomy, sexuality, rights, legal and institutional issues, first aid, useful materials and tools.
It is important to note that it is widely accepted that parent education programs can have a positive effect on children with Autism and their families. Furthermore, parent education programs decrease parental stress and increase parental confidence and quality of life.
The participants expressed their satisfaction and perceived usefulness with the training activity and formulated valuable suggestions for improvements.
The final form of the IPAT Module material will be freely accessible at IPAT webpage ipatproject.eu by the end of January 2023.