Karen Purdie, an occupational therapist from Australia have been visited IRODA Center of support and developmet of children with ASD, from the 18 till 31 Auguest, 2016. Since 2010, Karen consulting parents and IROdA staff on udersanding the sensory behavior of children with ASD and approaches and strategies to support their participation in every day life and community events. The useful strategies on adapting the tasks and environment helped parents and staff to start the new school year! IRODA is gratuful to Karen and ALIGN for this opportunity!
Lots to learn in the kitchen...As IRODA has grown as an organization over the last 5 years the children that they been working with have also grown up! The committed IRODA staff are continually looking for ways in which to encourage the children and young people that they work with to gain new skills. A recent addition to the space in which IRODA works with young people with autism has been a kitchen. This is providing great opportunities for those who attend IRODA’s programs to develop some basic cooking skills. With the support of IRODA staff they are learning the steps that are involved in preparing food, as well as learning to follow instructions and work together. As they do this there is the added motivation and reward of being able to eat what they’ve cooked!
Many of the young people IRODA is working with have spent a significant part of their childhood without opportunities to attend school or be involved in their local communities. IRODA is committed to seeing these young people develop new skills and have the chance to participate alongside others in family and community life. The new kitchen at IRODA is just one way in which young people can gain skills for life within a supportive and understanding environment. Your on-going support of IRODA’s work is allowing us to continue to create new opportunities and experiences for children and young people with autism in Tajikistan. If you want to support our pre- vocational programe , you could order our cookies whenever you need! The contact phones are listed in the contact page! Thank you!
IRODA was started by a group of parents who understand the challenges that can arise when parenting a child with autism. Whenever possible IRODA looks for opportunities to support parents in this role. Recently we were thankful to have a visiting medical professional from the UK who is also a parent of a child with autism himself. He was able to meet with parents connected with IRODA and share from his own personal experience as well as his professional background.
Time spent discussing stress-management strategies and suggesting ways parents could help themselves and help each other was of great value. IRODA hopes to continue to facilitate opportunities for parents to get the support they need while also reaching out to one another. We are grateful for your partnership with IRODA that enables us to continue to find new ways to help children with autism and their parents in Tajikistan.
IRODA express their gratitide to Dr Karim Rajput from the Perceptive Health, UK for his dedicated time at IRODA.
In July 2012, Karen Purdie represented IRODA at the first ever TEDx event in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Below is the transcript of her talk, which raised awareness for children with autism in Tajikistan.
"Autism initiative in Tajikistan"
Published on the World Health Organization Country Page for Tajikistan
"The first official autism trainings were held in Tajikistan in November 2014. As a result, significant progress has been made towards developing effective systems the will ensure children with autism receive an appropriate diagnosis and access to early intervention....
Until recently, autism has not be recognized or well understood in Tajikistan, which resulted in children being misdiagnosed and without access to appropriate services. Prior to the training, professionals were unable to officially diagnose autism.
Key outcomes of the training and the autism initiative
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IRODA Was mentioned in Geolog Following Solmaz Mohadjer and Josy Strunden's Trip through the Pamir to Raise autism awareness
"Imaggeo on Mondays: Stone Flower"
By Laura Roberts-Artal
"In a true feat of endurance, self-discovery and resilience, Solmaz Mohadjer and Josy Strunden, geology students at the University of Tübingen (Germany), cycled 800 km in the Pamir Mountains as part of a trip to raise awareness about autism in Tajikistan. 'We cycled through one of the most tectonically active regions on the planet, passing by mountain communities that welcomed us warmly as well as ancient fortresses, hermit caves, Buddhist stupas, hot springs, and geologic wonders such as the Stone Flower' describes Solmaz..."
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"Don't Judge a Millennial by Her Cover"
by Benjamin Orbach
"My new favorite website is http://autism-tj.weebly.com/. It belongs to IRODA, Tajikistan's only center for autism. The main page has a gallery of 10 portraits, from a girl with pompadourish big hair who smiles defiantly to a teacher's aide gently brushing noses with a grinning boy. The website doesn't have pyrotechnics, but the photos pull you in, and the organization's mission and programs are clear...."
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IRODA Parents of Children with Autism Initiative
"IRODA - Parents of Children with Autism Initiative" is working to establish services and support for people with Autism in Tajikistan. Until very recently in Tajikistan Autism has not been recognized or diagnosed and children and their families have been without appropriate support. IRODA is working towards establishing the necessary services and is striving to see people with Autism treated with dignity and respect as valued members of society...
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Hyatt Regency Dushanbe | IRODA
IRODA is helping to shed light on the rights of children with disabilities in Tajikistan, so that kids like Mansur can enjoy the education and services needed to thrive.
This holiday, Hyatt Regency Dushanbe is sharing the joy with IRODA to provide learning opportunities and support to children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). For two years, the hotel team has worked with IRODA to raise funds for the programs and provided volunteer support.
Mansur is a bright, quiet natured 12‐year‐old boy who lives in Tajikistan with his family. He loves playing on the computer, listening to music, and going to the movies. He has a great memory for pictures and words and is a quick learner. For much of his life though, Mansur did not get to enjoy life’s simple pleasures because he has autism....
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