Autism Association launches support program for abducted children in Lattakia

Lattakia, SANA – The Autism Association in Lattakia, in cooperation with the Syria Trust for Development, launched a physiological and social support program to help children who had been kidnapped by terrorists in the northern countryside of Lattakia and help them overcome the difficult experience they went through during their abduction.

Executive manager of the Association Jibran Khonda said that the program relies on an organized team of volunteers from the Association who were trained to deal with similar situations, offering activities that improve the children’s ability to adapt with their new circumstances and overcome the difficult experience they went through.

The program is aimed at children ages 3 to 13, with the children meeting once a week in Lattakia Cultural Center to take part in a number of activities such as drawing, painting, and individual and group games, in addition to activities to help them express themselves.

Khonda stressed that the important thing about this program is that it will maintained indefinitely and isn’t limited to a particular time or set number of meetings, because healing psychological scars needs a long time, adding that the Syria Trust for Development provided the association with the necessary logistic support to start this program.

For her part, head of the Association’s board of directors Shahida Saluom said that the physiological and social support program is one of several projects that the Association is working on, alongside programs for training social and psychological support workers.

Manar al-Freih / Hazem Sabbagh

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