Montreal, April 9, 2018 - In 2018 in Canada, one in 66 young people aged 5 to 17 was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) according to the Government of Canada. Children with autism are three times more likely to be victimized than their typically developmental peers.
It is in light of the success of the capsules on emotional management in schools that the Jasmin Roy Sophie Desmarais Foundation is launching, in collaboration with the Desjardins Foundation, three educational capsules featuring Léo, an autistic puppet, accompanied by '' an educational guide to equip young people, parents and educators to better interact with children with ASD.
Help understand the difference and develop empathy
School bullying and the victimization of students with ASD are underestimated. In young people with autism, bullying can have similar or even more serious consequences than those seen in other children, including psychosomatic symptoms, psychological disorders and poor academic performance.
Children with autism are more inclined to experience victimization than other students. “It is important to get involved in order to change things,” explains Jasmin Roy, President of the Foundation. It is through a better understanding of autism that parents and caregivers can intervene effectively and explain this reality to other children. "
Available on the Foundation website, the videos are accompanied by a Educational guide which offers several concrete approaches and advice as well as a list of youth albums dealing with autism including the book Caillou and Sophie, a story on autism, on the initiative of Sophie Desmarais, sponsor of the Jasmin Roy Sophie Foundation Swamps.
These tools help demystify ASD and answer children's questions. “This will allow them to better understand the difference, develop empathy and thus maintain healthy relationships with all children,” said Sophie Desmarais.
“Understanding the difference is a step towards acceptance and openness to others. It is a determining factor in contributing to the educational success of young people, added Nancy Lee, director of the Desjardins Foundation. This is why we are very proud to be associated with this project and this beautiful idea of using the playful universe of puppets to open up to the reality of children with autism. "
“Our Centrale is proud to be associated with this project, in particular because it is based on an approach that is both positive and preventive. This initiative will significantly contribute to creating environments allowing all children to develop with confidence, to promote equal opportunities, understanding and acceptance in the face of difference ”added Line Camerlain, Vice-President. of the Centrale des unions du Québec (CSQ).
About the Jasmin Roy Sophie Desmarais Foundation
Created in 2010, the Jasmin Roy Sophie Desmarais Foundation's primary mission is to fight against bullying, violence and discrimination against children in primary and secondary schools. The Foundation promotes the creation of benevolent environments for students by supporting and organizing various initiatives aimed at better intervention with victims, aggressors and witnesses. The Foundation's mandate is to contribute to the search for lasting solutions to the problems of violence and bullying in all walks of life and, ultimately, to prevention in the mental health of affected young people. Jasmin Roy and Sophie Desmarais, sponsor of the Foundation, are now registered with the United Nations as representatives of ECOSOC civil society.