The H.A.P.P.Y PROJECT is for children and individuals with ASD from age 4 till 99.

Depending on the individual age, the processes are a bit different:

  • For children age 4-12, I will work mainly with the parents. Together with the information given by the parents a workbook will be made tailored for the child with suggestions that could increase the child’s well-being and happiness. That is what it will be:  a workbook full of suggestions.
    That leaves the parents with the choice if something does not work well, to move over to plan B or even plan C. This is another reason why it is called a workbook containing tools, strategies and resources.
  • For teenagers age 12- 18, I will work with the adolescent and the parents to tailor a workbook for the individual with ASD. Here both inputs are necessary. For the first part about what makes me feel good, the individual with ASD can give the most accurate information. Whilst the second part about resilience and making other people happy, the input from the parents or caregivers can be very useful.
  • As of the age of 18, the adult with ASD can decide to do make the plan only with me or with parents/caregivers. It all depends on how the person with ASD is feeling and what he/she/them thinks what the best way is.


Giving individuals with ASD a voice is a first step towards an inclusive society.

Practical:

  • FREE information session about the happy program, 15 min through phone, Zoom or in person.
  • Questionnaire to fill in about the child or yourself. This can be done at home or if the individual with ASD wants to fill it in with me, this is also a possibility.
  • Session about psycho-education about happiness for parents and/or individuals aged 12 and above.
  • One home visit to check the possibilities of what is possible around and, in the house, regarding to chores, physical activities, schedules, routines, etc…
  • Presentation of the workbook and how to get started. This can be done through Zoom or in person.
  • Follow-up session 2 weeks after the workbook to discuss what went well and what needs to change.
  • Follow-up session 6 months after the H.A.P.P.Y PROJECT *

 

* This follow up questionnaire and session is a necessary part of the program as this data will be used anonymously in on ongoing research project about happiness for individuals with ASD.