Dayprograms and gaining work experience

Activities where young people with autism learn to organize their day and cope with their “free”time. There is space for the most varied of activities: from playing a musical instrument, dancing to kickboxing, multi media courses and art.

There are also after-school facilities for students who attend secondary school.

Young people also work in the Papageno Restaurant. They can take courses for working in the kitchen or on waiting tables, which were developed with Koninklijke Horeca Nederland (Dutch Royal Hospitality Association), these offer a prospect of obtaining a recognized diploma and therefore employment. In our auditorium ’t zAaltje, they assist with preparing for the various performances and presentations. 


Learning to live independently

In Papageno House Laren we have twelve rooms with a kitchenette, shower and toilet. The residents are selected and supervised by the care specialists of ’s Heeren Loo. Residence “buddies” can also be assigned to residents if they wish. These buddies are volunteers who help with practical matters, such as grocery shopping or keeping rooms clean. There is also a room where the young people can cook, eat, watch TV or play games together, and receive guests.

Early diagnosis 

A difficult and uncertain period often precedes the diagnosis of autism. To obtain a diagnosis and treatment advice from a multi-disciplinary team at an early stage, Papageno took initiative for starting a national expertise center and platform for and by parents and professionals. This center offers inspiration and shortens the quest for help and we encourages multidisciplinary diganostics and peer-based cooperation around case histories in which there is complexity in several development areas.

Also we work with the Dutch Autism Society, and the Radboud University Medical Centre in Nijmegen.