The French project “Two minutes to better manage autism” (in French Deux minutes pour mieux vivre l’autisme) provides families and caregivers of young autistic children with a bank of 200 educational videos that provide practical solutions to the many difficulties they may face in their everyday life. These resources, available in French and in English, are freely available and distributed via the project’s dedicated website.
Set up by Priscilla Werba, a speech therapist who specialises in services for language and communication difficulties in the French département of Yvelines, the project is aimed at families of autistic children and the professionals working with these children (nursery staff, teachers, speech therapists, school assistants, doctors, etc.).
Each video deals with a daily problem and provides practical solutions and advice to caregivers. Families and caregivers will be better trained and therefore better able to support these children, who will benefit from better supervision adapted to their daily lives.
The animation videos last about two minutes and feature three autistic children (Sam, Emy and Tim) and their families. They are built on the basis of everyday scenarios (for example: I help Sam to give me a hand, How to arrange Emy’s room, I help Tim to look at me, etc.).
The videos, which can be consulted on a computer, tablet or mobile, are free and accessible on the project’s site. They are also accompanied by a printable summary of the advice given there. The official launch of the website is scheduled for the 2 April 2018 (World Autism Awareness Day) with 50 videos being made available online. By 2020, 200 videos should be available.
This initiative benefits from the scientific and technical support of leading figures in the field of autism such as Thomas Bouquet, Director of the CRAIF, Professor Richard Delorme, Head of Child Psychiatry Department at the Robert Debré Hospital, Professor David Cohen, Chief of child psychiatry service at Salpêtrière and Professor Mario Speranza, head of infant and juvenile psychiatry at the Hospital of Versailles.