Supporting people to care about autistic children in the communitySupporting people to care about autistic children in the community - Narrow The Gap Community Program
1. Organization overview:
- Name: Happier Social Work Group
- Established year: 18/04/2010
- Address: 341 Su Van Hanh, Ward 10, District 10, HCMC
- Representative: Pham Thi Yen Trinh
- Title: Manager
2. Project scopes:
- Location:
- Time: 15/10/2016 - 15/8/2017

3. Target community / beneficiaries:
200 autistic children's parents/year are trained in the intervention program for children with autism.
120 autistic children and their parents / 1 year participated in a group intervention program, learning skills to work with autistic children at hospitals/facilities.
20 autistic children and their parents / 1 year are supervised and supported by volunteers at home.

4. Target community / beneficiaries challenges:
Derived from the urgent problems of pediatric patients and parents through the child going to the Psychology department for examination and treatment and applying for a certificate to go to school. The Department of Psychology conducted a small survey to find out the needs of pediatric patients and parents. Thereby, we realize the difficulties of parents:
Psychology: suffering, difficult to accept, surrendering, being tired, both physically and mentally, not remembering the instructor's instructions.
Lack of resources: Have to worry about making a living and do not have time to spend teaching children at home. Not fully understanding play, teaching children is important for the child's development to integrate into the community.
Children have no companion to support spirit, guide, help with skills, play, and teach children better. And do not adhere to the doctor's treatment plan.
In order to help partially solve parental problems, a home intervention program for autistic children has been developed, implemented with a social work group trained in autism. In addition to psychological support, treatment orientation and training in play skills, teaching children, and home intervention program of doctors/psychologists, educators, and social professionals.
1. Initiative proposal:
Parents have difficulty implementing interventions for children with autism at home according to their doctor's treatment plan after being instructed and provided with instructional materials.
Train a group of volunteers with specialized autism skills to accompany and support parents to intervene with autistic children at home.
Help Parents comply with the doctor's treatment plan, follow-up on time to help children develop and integrate into the community.
2: Long-term goals:
Capacity building for volunteers to support parents intervening for children with autism at home, helping parents adhere to treatment for children.
- Capacity building for parents with autistic children to help children develop and integrate into the community.
3. Expectation outcomes/changes:
- 80% of children in the program with improved skills are assessed by the test of the doctor and the test of the special educator.
- 80% of parents in the program improve their awareness through adherence to the child's treatment plan and improve their play and teaching skills through the evaluation of doctors and educators.
- 100% volunteers in the skill development program work with parents and autistic children, actively support and support parents at home through the supervision of educators and social professionals.
Pham Minh Triet
Master of Medicine - Head of Psychology Department
Ton Nhu Thi Tho
Bachelor - Specialized in special education
Pham Thi Yen Trinh
Bachelor of Arts - Major in Sociology

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