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ONLINE SCHOOL
By Vasilica Brebenel, support teacher Smaranda Gheorghiu School

At the “Smaranda Gheorghiu” Secondary School in Targoviste the online school activities were done accordingly to the stipulations of the Ministry of Education and Research and of the County School Inspectorate. Going from face to face traditional education to online education was difficult for both teachers and students, as it implied a reconsideration of the way we used to interact with other people. Getting used to this way of communication was gradual, the evolution being visible in time.
The attitude of our SEN students towards this form of education was a positive one, since it implied using electronic devices which they are really familiar with. Their school attendance for these online activities was in some cases one hundred per cent and this is a great thing taking into consideration the exceptional situation we were in – isolated in our houses. However, not all students have the necessary means to participate to online activities and not all students are responsible when it comes to the act of learning, whether it is traditional learning or online school.
The digital platforms we used at our school were Zoom, Google Classroom; students' worksheets were sent by e-mail, Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger. Our students were also informed about the teaching activities done on National Television.
Online school strengths:
- it ensures communication and helps keeping it;
- it facilitates teaching and evaluation because these can be done using the digital platforms;
- teachers can use a variety of materials which are already online and they can transmit them to students more easily;
- teachers get a faster feedback during these activities.
Online school weaknesses:
- students spend much more time in front of the electronic devices;
- not all students have access to technology or Internet connection;
- even if students have access to technology, they cannot be motivated to take part in all activities in spite of their being told that these activities were compulsory;
- it provokes a negative reaction from parents who feel compelled to provide the necessary technology;
- it creates frustration among students who have to get up early in order to participate to online activities, even if they do not have to come to school.
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Autism PCP Project
ONLINE GUIDANCE FOR PEOPLE WITH ASD
Generally speaking, children with ASD have behavioral difficulties such as aggressiveness and irritability.
Studies have shown that approximately 1 out of 4 children with ASD meet the diagnostic criteria for a disruptive behaviour disorder. (Kaat and Lecavaliar, 2013). Failure to deal with these problems leads to difficulties in the educational development of the child and the social relationships suffer. The intervention of the therapist is very important for the annihilation of these aspects.
Parent – child interaction therapy has been shown to improve parent – child relationships, it reduces problem behaviour.
Online tutoring has become a popular form of training in the academic environment. In online therapeutic activity, the communication between parents and the specialist can be very effective. During the pandemic, online guidance was auspicious.
The AUTISM PCP project provided the educational environment in our country with quality tools for getting to know children with ASD. These were applied online by teachers/support teachers. An interpretation of the results was performed and it was transmitted to the parents. Solutions were sought to improve the working environment.
It is a new beginning for the focus of the work team of teachers, support teachers, parents, relatives on children with ASD.
Bibliography:
Pantermuehl, R. M., & Lechago, S. A. (2015). A Comparison of Feedback Provided In Vivo Versus an Online Platform on the Treatment Integrity of Staff Working with Children with Autism.
Engeseth, K. H., Obstfelder, A., & Wynn, R. (2007). Characteristics of successfully implemented telemedical applications.
Outreach Training Program for Parents of Children With Autism in Remote Areas. Focus on Autism and other Developmental Disabilities, 29(1), 23–38. doi:10.1177/1088357613504992
Heitzman-Powell, L. S., Buzhardt, J., Rusinko, L. C., & Miller, T. M. (2014). Formative evaluation of an ABA outreach training program for parents of children with autism in remote areas. Focus on Autism and other Developmental Disabilities, 29(1), 23-38.
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Digital Resources for Students with Autism

The digital age brings good news for teachers and parents dealing with students with autism. Today, there are more technologies than ever before to help students with speech, interaction, participation, and communication, making for more integrated classrooms and innovative therapies that help these students learn.
https://autismspectrumnews.org/digital-resources-for-students-with-autism/
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Autism PCP Project
What is assistive technology?

Assistive technology can be used to support and enhance communication for people with autism, regardless of speech ability.
Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) is a specific type of assistive technology that can benefit people with autism of all ages by promoting independence, expanding communication, and increasing social interactions.

https://www.autismspeaks.org/technology-and-autism
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Steps to Parent Coaching Certification in the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM).
The Parent Coaching Program provides an opportunity for therapists to build skills in teaching parents about ESDM methods, based on the published parent manual.
https://www.esdm.co/parent-coach-certification

Scientific publications

Thanks to our partners from North Macedonia, our project research findings have also been analysed and used for the publication of 2 scientific articles (up to April 2020) which are easily accessible to anyone interested, through the links below. Check them out! 

Environmental Barriers and Facilitators to Participation of People with Autism Spectrum Disorders: stakeholders’ perspective
Published September 8th, 2019
Journal for ReAttach Therapy and Developmental Diversities

Parental Perspectives on Support Needs and Availability of Autism Services in South and South-Eastern Europe

Awaiting approval

 

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