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We want to inform you that JRTDD is already indexed into Advanced Science Index. What is Advanced Science Index?

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ReAttach online conference 2020

Dear colleagues and readers,
Our publishers ReAttach International Therapy Foundation from The Netherlands desires to contribute to optimizing the development of children and adults in clinical neuropsychiatry.  A beautiful group of international friends and researchers with a variety of clinical expertise offer you an online conference from 24th until 26th June, 2020. The conference will be realized at Zoom platform.
Limited tickets available / book now for price of 95 Euros.

Wednesday, June 24th

12.00   Drs. Paula Weerkamp:   What is ReAttach?
Paula is the developer of ReAttach and W.A.R.A., President of ReAttach Foundation, and conducting a Ph.D. in ReAttach studies at Maastricht University, Department of Psychiatry and Neuropsychology in the Netherlands.

12.30   Prof. Dr. Donatella Marazziti:     Attachment and Jealousy: from Heaven to Hell!
Donatella is a professor at dipartimento di Medicina Clinica e Sperimentale, Section of Psychiatry, University of Pisa in Italy. 

13.00   Prof. Dr. Dmitry Butko: Sexual health of young athletes   Department of Medical Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine, Saint-Petersburg, State Pediatric Medical University 

13.30  – 14.00 BREAK

14.00    Dr. Hanna Alonim: Bridging the Gap Between Early Detection of Autism Prodrome in Infants and intervention.
Dr. Hanna Alonim, Ph.D. in Mental Health, is an expert and researcher in the autism spectrum in infancy, Founder and Head of the Mifne Center for Treatment, Training, and Research, in Israel, since 1987. She is the Head of the Therapists Training School for Autism in Infancy at the Bar Ilan University since 2001. Dr. Hanna Alonim has developed the ESPASSI © screening scale for the detection of the autism prodrome in the first year of life. Dr. Alonim is a committee member of the ICF Core Set for ASD, Stockholm 2016. 

14.30  – 15.00 BREAK

15.00    Dr. Federico Mucci: Problematic Internet Use: preliminary data on prevalence in Italian public rehabilitation centers
Dr. Federico Mucci, dipartimento di Medicina Clinica e Sperimentale, Section of Psychiatry University of Pisa, Italy.

15.30  Prof. Roman Demyanchuk: Continuing education for children with autism spectrum disorders: methodological guidelines
Roman Demyanchuk, Ph.D., Associate Professor, St. Petersburg State University (St. Petersburg, Russia), Deputy Director of the State Educational Institution School No. 755 “Regional Autism Center” of St. Petersburg. 

16.00    Dr. Ron Willems: Growing beyond Autism
Ron Willems has obtained a Ph.D. in the field of applied physics at the Eindhoven University of Technology. After having obtained his Ph.D., he has worked for various high-tech companies in the Netherlands as a computer simulations expert. Currently, he works as a corporate researcher at the global R&D facility of SKF, which is based in the Netherlands. On top of his research career, he is a  ReAttach therapist. 

16.30   Prof. Dr. Mohammad Ghaziuddin: Mental Health Challenges in Adolescents with Autism: an update
Professor of Psychiatry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA 

Thursday, June 25th

12.00   Drs. Paula Weerkamp:   Wiring Affect with ReAttach (W.A.R.A.)
Paula is the developer of ReAttach and W.A.R.A., President of ReAttach Foundation, and conducting a Ph.D. in ReAttach studies at Maastricht University, Department of Psychiatry and Neuropsychology in the Netherlands.

12.30   Corry Heesterbeek: ReAttach and Post-Concussion Syndrome
A physical therapist with massive experience in the field of neuro-rehabilitation and ReAttach from the Netherlands. She is a ReAttach trainer and offers ReAttach courses for Paramedics. 

13.00   Dr. Ashutosh Srivastava: ReAttach a Positive Psychological Intervention
Dr. Ashutosh Srivastava is a Clinical Psychologist and Counselor from India. He is a board member of the ReAttach Foundation and the founder of the PsyUni Trust and ReAttach Therapy Institute in India.

13.30   Prof. Dr. Parasuram Ramamoorthi: Rehearsed drama for autism
Prof. Dr. Parasuram Ramamoorthi is a professor in Drama Therapy with expertise in the field of autism. He is the founder of the Velvi Organisation in Madurai, India.

14.00 – 14.30 BREAK

14.30    Aastha Chaudry: Psychoanalytic understanding of the autistic self
An experienced psychodynamic counselor working with children and adolescents in a therapeutic setting in India. 

15.00    Dr. Eleanor Avinor: Helping families cope emotionally with autism via KEG Cards (Keys to Emotional Growth)
Dr. Eleanor Avinor is a researcher from Israel who developed the KEG-cards program for emotional dysregulation and psycho-trauma. 

15.30    Prof. Dr. Carmelo Rizzo: Microbiota and Autism. Implications of microbiota and COVID-19.
Prof. Dr. Carmelo Rizzo is a nutritionist and autism expert from Rome, Italy.

16.00    Prof. Dr. Alexander Poletaev: can we prevent autism?
Prof. Dr. Alexander Poletaev is an Honorary Member of the ReAttach Foundation with expertise in the field of autism, oncology, neurodegenerative disorders, and immunology. 

16.30    José Miguel da Graça Estevão André Nogueira: 
José Miguel Nogueira holds a degree in Sociology from the Autonomous University of Lisbon and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from ISCTE – IUL (University Institute of Lisbon), with a thesis on disability. Researcher, Senior Consultant, an expert in Public Policy and evaluation of social impact in projects of disability, inclusion, and human rights.

Friday, June 26th

12.00   Drs. Paula Weerkamp:   Trauma-Focused ReAttach
Paula is the developer of ReAttach and W.A.R.A., President of ReAttach Foundation, and conducting a Ph.D. in ReAttach studies at Maastricht University, Department of Psychiatry and Neuropsychology in the Netherlands.

12.30    Alan Kerroux and Devi Kusardy: Narrative account and lessons learned from the application of Short-Term ReAttach Therapy with a group of Young Adult Dancers from Borneo in the context of a Highly Competitive Stage Performance.
Alan is the lead psychotherapist at the Liku-Liku Center for Creative Therapy, located in Kota Kinabalu on the island of Borneo. Devi has in the past 12 years facilitated free therapeutic activities for the community, particularly in Sabah, Malaysia. She is the founder of Liku-Liku Center. 

13.00    Dr. Ritu Chauhan: ReAttach and OCD, a case-study.
Dr. Ritu Chauhan is a Clinical Psychologist from India, working with children and families with autism.

13.30  – 14.00 BREAK

14.00    Marielle Bartholomeus: ReAttach and pediatric Occupational Therapy: Time for new opportunities
As an occupational therapist and family therapist, Marielle uses ReAttach for children with complex developmental challenges. She is a ReAttach trainer and offers ReAttach courses for paramedics working with children and families.

14.30    Drs. Fanny Stempher:  Is any effect of ReAttach measurable with the use of biofeedback? A first investigative step. 
Drs. Fanny Stempher is a clinical psychologist and supervisor from the Netherlands who has years of experience in the treatment of complex psychopathology. She is a ReAttach trainer for psychologists. 

15.00    Annalisa Ianniello: Autisms: between ReAttach and Flipped Inclusion for an inclusive systemic re-education.  
Annalisa Ianniello is a Ph.D. student in Linguistics, Society, Politics, and Educational Sciences from the University of Salerno. 

15.30    Dr. Frank Verberne: Trust, perspective-taking, and the optimism bias: a theoretical perspective on the underpinnings of the ReAttach protocol
Dr. Frank Verberne is a behavioral psychologist and ReAttach therapist from Westerhoven, The Netherlands. 

16.00    Prof. Dr. Vladimir TrajkovskiRole of the Microbiota-Gut-Brain-Axis in Autism Spectrum Disorder
Professor in ASD, Human Genetics, Physiology, and Functional Anatomy at St. Cyrilus and Methodius University in Skopje. President of the Macedonian Scientific Society for Autism. Editor in Chief of Journal for ReAttach Therapy and Developmental Diversities (JRTDD).  

With respect,
JRTDD Editor-in-chief



Institute of Special Education and Rehabilitation
Faculty of Philosophy, University “Ss. Cyril and Methodius, Skopje
Republic of Macedonia
E-mail: vladotra@fzf.ukim.edu.mk


Introduction: Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex neurodevelopmental condition that occurs within the first 3 years of life, which is characterised by poor social skills, communication problems and stereotyped patterns of behaviour. Autism is a life-long disorder that has a substantial effect on the individual, their family, and society.
The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview about the psychosocial aspects of autism spectrum disorders.

Methods: An analysis of relevant literature, sources from the internet and published literature, personal experience and observations of the author.

Findings: Despite widespread research and greater public awareness, ASD has an unclear etiology and no known cure, making it difficult to acquire an accurate and timely diagnosis. Psychologic functions such as attention, executive function, academic functioning, memory, emotions, and sensory processing are described. There is a need for continuous psycho-social support for people with ASD and their relatives during the diagnostics and early intervention period, as well as resources that better represent the diversity of experiences and symptoms associated with ASD across the lifespan.

Conclusion: It is clear that more special education services are needed, together with timely and ongoing psychosocial support to parents of children with ASD.

Key words: autism spectrum disorder, neurodevelopmental condition, psychological aspects.

Citation: Trajkovski, V. Psychological aspects of autism spectrum disorder. Journal for ReAttach Therapy and Developmental Diversities. https://doi.org/10.26407/2020jrtdd.1.30

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