Focus is dynamic and expanding non-profit Portuguese organization (Social Solidarity Cooperative) established in 2012 with sites in Porto and Vale de Cambra whose mission is to be the specialist in the offer of individualized life projects to individuals with global developmental delay and autism spectrum disorders (ASD).
In relentless pursuit of improving the lives of people affected by ASD in Portugal, FOCUS introduced in Portugal for the first time some of the world´s most recognized evidence based interventions on ASD in a closely international partnerships with some of the well know Universities and Research Centers like University of California Santa Barbara, the UCSB Koegel Autism Center and the Oslo University Hospital (PRT-Pivotal Response Treatment), University of California de Los Angeles and the Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Human Behavior (PEERS - Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills), University of California Davis and the Mind Institute (ESDM-Early Start Denver Model), Star Autism Support (Star Program and Links Curriculum) and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (Project SEARCH) and other´s Portuguese Institutions and Companies.
With those initiatives, we intend to provide to families and professionals that deals with these disorder, the opportunity to have specialized training in Portugal, on those innovative interventions with empirical evidence that supports our Vision: To be the national reference organization in the design, development and implementation of innovative solutions leading to the active participation of individuals with ASD on the society.
At the heart of the ESDM is the empirical knowledge-base of infant-toddler learning and development and the effects of early autism.
ESDM intervention is typically provided in the home by trained therapists and parents during natural play and daily routines. ESDM is a relationship-based intervention, and involves parents and families.