ABOUT THE TRANSFORMING AUTISM PROJECT
Guy Shahar's TED talk, The Beautiful Reality of Autism, lays out what The Transforming Autism Project is all about at heart. You can also read it.
Transforming Autism strongly advocates early autism intervention - but not the sort that treats autism as an illness or aims to modify a child's behaviour. We propose a respectful approach that unlocks an autistic child's inner potential to live a contented and fulfilling life that we can all benefit from. Our TED talk elaborates on this and sets out the foundations of our charity (see the video).
We work with families with young autistic children to help them to create positive, nourishing, trust-based relationships between parent a child, to transform family life and unlock the child's development potential. We help the child to feel safe and understood, while guiding the parents to truly understand what they are trying to communicate.
The reason we prioritise families with very young autistic children is that the early years are the optimal time to ensure they experience a safe environment, so that the life-long trauma that often comes from a feeling of not being properly understood, and even judged and criticised for who they are, can be most effectively averted.
Our ground-breaking First Steps programme, which takes place in the child's environment in the family home, is our intensive multi-disciplinary programme that is already bringing about monumental changes in the family lives of for our initial families. Our Webinars are aimed at sharing some of the principles we use in this programme to a much wider audience than is possible with First Steps, and in the autumn, we're planning to launch virtual parent-groups, where families can deepen their understanding of how to build an optimal relationship with their autistic child and promote their natural development, under the guidance of a Senior Child Psychotherapist.
Part of the inspiration of our work is the pioneering work undertaken by the Mifne Centre in Israel, who have refined an approach to supporting families with very young autistic children to build safe, nurturing relationships and unlock their development potential, as we are also seeking to do. One of our long term goals will be to bring our own Mifne Centre to the UK, so that the extremely life-changing aspects of the work can be available to families here.
Read our groundbreaking book exploring the Mifne method of autism early intervention.