Potenciales Program

Potenciales of AsociaciĆ³n Guatemalteca por el Autismo seeks to fulfill the individual needs of children and teenagers with autism and their families, providing new learning opportunities and professional, comprehensive, and personalized care in a group context.

The goal of Potenciales is to provide the necessary tools to enable children and teenagers with autism to be included in the regular system. When the child or teenager shows that he has acquired the minimum social and educational skills, Potenciales team starts the process of inclusion.

Potenciales has identified that, in order to have a successful inclusion of persons with autism into Guatemalan society, it is of the upmost importance to work on all three levels: with the individual, the community and the society. The objective is to provide children and teenagers with autism with psychosocial tools necessary to participate actively in society, and also to provide the society with necessary tools to accept them and allow their participation, understanding their specific needs. This two-sided learning process requires gradual inclusion and monitoring to verify and guarantee success and efficacy.


Training subprogram

1. Understand me :

*Training of parents, professionals and the general public
This module focuses on educating parents, professionals and the general public about autism issues, to create awareness and present scientific developments on how to treat it. This is achieved through conferences, workshops, seminars, congresses and other educational activities that may be live or virtual.

Potenciales also works as a trainee center for university students studying Psychology, specifically in Special Education. These students receive an intensive training by Potenciales before starting their internships under the close supervision of the university and Potenciales professionals.

2. Accept me :

This module is directed to the institutions that receive the children and teenagers that come from Psycho-pedagogy (Psicoeducativo) and Independent living (Vida independiente) programs. The objective is to encourage acceptance of persons with autism in a friendly and respectful environment, understanding the individual differences.

3. Approach (Distance training) :

This is a training program directed to family members and persons that want to work with children with autism. The program includes 40 hours of training on autism and the appropriate handling, followed by 10 months of practice with distance monitoring and coordination. Return

Investigation subprogram

In order to detect and establish treatment plans, we should create a space that provides correct diagnoses that will show how every person evaluated can function. We plan to provide these diagnoses through our diagnostic clinic. It is also important to obtain real epidemiological data of the actual situation of autism in Guatemala, and this can only be done using the appropriate diagnostic methodologies, provided by expert persons on the issue, since autism spectrum disorder is complicated and difficult to diagnose.

Based on evaluations provided by the programs and through careful study of the interventions established in the subprograms, the proposed techniques for each patient are modified or improved. We will develop proposals on how to approach participants and the population with ASD, based on investigation and scientific experimentation. Return