“AUTISM AND NON-VERBAL CHILDREN”
3 MAIN OBJECTIVES
The rate of autism prevalence is currently estimated at an average of 1% of the world’s population and is constantly increasing.
According to a 2018 report by the US National Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the increase in autism in the US is becoming an urgent public health problem as it affects 1.7% of the population.
Some specialists now speak of the risk of a pandemic: according to some projections, subject to debate,, one in two children in the world could be diagnosed with autism by 2030.
At the moment
Our aim is to support children with autism using specific methods or cognitive and behavioural therapies.
Nowadays, more and more voices are raising to point out limits. Others argue that autism, which has a very broad spectrum, should be considered as an atypical cognitive functioning mode rather than a disease or disorder.
These neuro-atypical people have a unique way of perceiving their environment and perhaps connecting to it, which we do not see…The real persons with autism are those we believe they are?
The animal will be our gateway. Animal mediation will facilitate relationship and build the trust between the child and the animal. This is the first step towards intuitive animal communication.
This research could revolutionise our view of the nature of consciousness, of non-verbal children, and of how best to accompany them in their lives and their development.
EVI’DENCE, specialising in animal mediation, assumes operational responsibility as facilitator and coordinator of the program, in collaboration with CREAT’ANIMAUX.
Fonds de dotation autosphère
Le Fonds de Dotation Autosphère supportedthe preliminary stages of the programme in 2019
The child who inspired this programme
Agathe, 7 years old, affected by selective mutism in the company of Evi, a mediator dog in training.
In 2008, Agathe benefited from the animal mediation of Sunny, mediator dog of the association EVI’DENCE, led by Patricia Arnoux. This mediation contributed in helping this child to recover the capacity of speaking.*
In 2009, Patricia had to look for another dog to take over Sunny and ease him on his work of mediator dog. When we met with Patricia, we offered her a donation to help her acquire a second dog and co-worker, EVI’.
*Spoken words of Agathe about this mediator dog:“He is not a dog like the other ones”
Today, Agathe is 18 years old and is pursuing studies in stylism .
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