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Museum guide for children/persons with autism


Promotion of a museum guide for children/persons with autism and their families marked Tuesday the completion of project “Open Museums” of the Museum of Macedonian Struggle, aimed at involving vulnerable groups and people with developmental disabilities in cultural events.

The guide is first of this type in Macedonia, published in three languages. It is there to help museum workers in creating programmes intended for children/persons with autism and their families, thus becoming an active part of society and benefiting from the resources of national cultural institutions.

The guide provides answers for museum workers to the most common questions about children/persons with autism, towards better understanding and treatment by museum employees.

The guide is released through a grant from the EU Delegation in Skopje, in the framework of 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage, in cooperation with special elementary school Zlatan Sremec and the Macedonian Scientific Society for Autism (MSSA).

MSSA president Vladimir Trajkovski said art-therapy is effective in stimulating the cognitive and emotional development of children with autism, reducing their destructive behavior.

“There is evidence that art-therapy among children with autism contributes to positive changes in their social behavior, especially their focus of attention,” said Trajkovski.

A seminar for museum workers was also held within the event, whereas a workshop for children with autism will take place in the Museum of Macedonian Struggle on Wednesday.