JRTDD indexed into Semantic Scholar

Dear readers,

With great pleasure I want to inform you that JRTDD is already indexed in Semantic Scholar.

What is Semantic Scholar?

Semantic Scholar is a project developed at the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence. Publicly released in November 2015, it is designed to be an AI-backed search engine for academic publications.[1] The project uses a combination of machine learningnatural language processing, and machine vision to add a layer of semantic analysis to the traditional methods of citation analysis, and to extract relevant figures, entities, and venues from papers.[2] In comparison to Google Scholar and PubMed, Semantic Scholar is designed to highlight the most important and influential papers, and to identify the connections between them.

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Adella GILL1,
Adam GOODY1,2
1Department of Psychology, University of York
2Department of Psychology, Durham University
E-mail: sophie.brigstocke@york.ac.uk
Received: 03-March-2020
Revised: 15-April-2020
Accepted: 28-April-2020
Online first: 29-April-2020


Introduction: The association between motor coordination difficulties (a core feature of Developmental Coordination Disorder) and mental health difficulties, such as low self-worth, anxiety and depression is well documented. This study extends existing research by exploring whether this association is mediated by factors such as bullying or social inclusion during childhood.

Method: This study used a retrospective design in which 217 adult participants completed an online questionnaire which asked about their motor skills in childhood, recollections of peer relationships in primary school, and their current level of self-esteem.

Results: Participants’ recollections of their motor skills in childhood was strongly associated with their current self-esteem self-rating. This finding is consistent with previous studies. Investigation of this association suggests it was mediated by participants reporting lower feelings of social inclusion in childhood. This suggests that adults who report feeling socially excluded at primary school are at risk of experiencing lower levels of self-esteem in adulthood. Interestingly, no association was revealed between low levels of adult self-esteem and recollections of overt bullying in childhood.

Conclusions: This finding, if extended suggests that social exclusion in childhood may be a risk factor for future wellbeing and self-esteem of individuals with difficulties with motor skills. This could have important practical implications, highlighting the importance of initiatives offered within primary schools to support social inclusion, especially for those with motor coordination difficulties. Teachers are well trained on anti-bullying tactics and anti-bullying campaigns are promoted to pupils in many areas. However, it is not clear that the impact of social exclusion, which can be harder to monitor, is highlighted as prominently. Further studies should consider gathering information from children and charting their self-esteem and perceived social inclusion longitudinally.

Key words: Developmental Coordination Disorder, Motor Coordination Difficulties, Bullying, Self Esteem, Social Exclusion, School Peer Relations

Citation: Gill, A., Brigstocke, S., Goody, A. An exploratory study of the association between self-esteem levels in adults and retrospective reports of their peer relations and motor skills in childhood. Journal for ReAttach Therapy and Developmental Diversities, 2020 Jul 05; 3(1):24-33. https://doi.org/10.26407/2020jrtdd.1.28

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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
Received: 08-May-2020
Revised: 09-June-2020
Accepted: 14-June-2020
Online first: 15-June-2020


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, 2020 Jul 05; 3(1):14-23. https://doi.org/10.26407/2020jrtdd.1.30

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1Research & Innovation Funding Support, University of Northampton, UK
2Centre for Education and Research, University of Northampton, UK
E-mail: david.preece@northampton.ac.uk
Received: 25-January-2020
Revised: 20-February-2020
Accepted: 27-February-2020
Online first: 28-February-2020


Introduction: Impact is a key concept in all aspects of research and development activity. The extent to which it is effectively identified can affect research activity at all levels: from whether an individual project is funded, to the funding granted to – and the reputations of – entire institutions. Funding for research and other activity supporting education and social inclusion is limited and highly contested. It is therefore imperative that impact is effectively identified.

Objective: The Erasmus+ National Agencies’ Impact+ tool was developed to help projects identify impact in four domains: systemic impact, impact regarding target groups, impact to partner organisations and impact to project personnel. This paper discusses this tool’s adaptation to identify impact in a three-year transnational project where a partnership of universities, schools, non-governmental organisations and small enterprises developed, provided and evaluated parent education in autism in three south-east European countries.

Method: A semi-structured questionnaire was completed by personnel from partner organisations within the project (n=16). Findings regarding the four domains of impact are presented, and differences of response within the partnership are discussed.

Conclusion: It is suggested that this tool is helpful in supporting a broader conceptualisation of impact, and has wider utility.

Key words: research impact, research evaluation, Erasmus+, Impact+

Citation: Bramble, P., Preeced, D. Identifying impact in a transnational project providing parent education for families living with autism in south-east Europe. Journal for ReAttach Therapy and Developmental Diversities, 2020 Jul 05; 3(1):4-13. https://doi.org/10.26407/2020jrtdd.1.26

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Juhi GUPTA1,
Priyanka MADAAN2,
Sheffali GULATI1

1Child Neurology Division, Center of Excellence & Advanced Research
on Childhood Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Department of Pediatrics,
All India Institute of Sciences, New Delhi, India
2Pediatric Neurology Unit, Department of Pediatrics,
Advanced Pediatrics Centre, Post Graduate Institute
of Medical Education & Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, India-160012
E-mail: sheffaligulati@gmail.com
Received: 02-June-2020
Revised: 19-June-2020
Accepted: 26-June-2020
Online first: 27-June-2020


The struggles faced by children with special needs during the COVID-19 pandemic are diverse, including higher risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection, restricted access to health-care facilities, limited capability to practice preventive measures along with increased rehabilitation needs due to interruption of schooling and education programmes. The concerns of these children and their caregivers should be resolved with appropriate solutions in order to accomplish an inclusive healthcare response to the global pandemic.

Key words: COVID-19, Children, Special Needs

Citation: Gupta, J., Madaan, P., Gulati, Sh. COVID-19: Implications for Children with Special Needs. Journal for ReAttach Therapy and Developmental Diversities, 2020 Jul 05; 3(1):1-3.


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JRTDD into Euroasian Scientifc Journal Index

Dear readers,

With great pleasure I am informing you that our JRTDD is indexed in Euroasian Scientific Journal Index.

What is ESJI?

ESJI unites in its database the most important scientific journals in Europe and Asia, which publishes the most authoritative and relevant research.

The ESJI provides indexing of major international journals and proceedings. Author can get information about international journal impact factor, proceedings (research papers) and information on upcoming events. All the journal pages have pointers to Web pages of the publishers which are integrated into the ESJI stream pages.

The purpose is to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals. If your journal is indexed & got validated stamp from ESJI, you can request for the calculation of impact factor for your journal.

ESJI is a service that provides access to quality controlled Open Access Journals. The ESJI aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use an appropriate quality control system, and it will not be limited to particular languages or subject areas. The aim of the ESJI is to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals thereby promoting their increased usage and impact.


JRTDD Editor-in-chief


JRTDD Call for papers Vol. 3, Issue 2

Respected colleagues,
We want to announce that ReAttach Therapy International Foundation launched new journal entitled: Journal for ReAttach Therapy and Developmental Diversities (JRTDD). JRTDD is a multidisciplinary peer reviewed, international, electronic journal edited by the ReAttach Therapy International Foundation from the Netherlands. The following articles will be considered for publication: original and review articles, short report, letters to the editor, clinical experiences, survey of cases, doctoral dissertations, master of arts, editorials, rapid communications and other contributions from all the fields of reattach therapy, psychology, special education, rehabilitation, social policy, and the related sciences. The aim of the journal is to share and disseminate knowledge between all disciplines that work in the field of developmental disabilities. All articles will be critically reviewed by at least two unknown reviewers within 2 months, but longer delays are sometimes unavoidable. All manuscripts must comply with Authors Instructions. There are around 20 articles published per year. JRTDD allows free access (Open Access) to its contents and permits authors to self-archive final accepted version of the articles on any OAI-compliant institutional / subject-based repository. Journal for ReAttach Therapists and Developmental Diversities is devoted to the scientific study of disability and new schema therapy. The subject matter is broad and includes, but is not restricted to, findings from psychological, biological, educational, genetic, medical, psychiatric, and sociological studies, ethical, philosophical, and legal contributions that increase knowledge on the prevention and treatment of disability, and/or inform public policy and practice.
You are kindly invited to submit an article in our Journal. Please type them in Word format. Please use Times New Roman font with Font size 12. The manuscript can not exceed 20 pages with single paragraph A4 format including Abstract, Tables and Figures. The margins should be 2,5 cm from every side. The style of referencing is according to APA.
You should send the articles electronically via our web site. If there is any problem you can contact us on the following email: journaljrtdd@gmail.com

The dead line for sending the manuscripts is August 31th 2020.

JRTDD Editor-in-chief



JRTDD newest issue 1, Volumen 3 for 2020 has already been published

Dear colleagues and readers,
I would like to inform you that 1st issue of the 3rd volume of Journal for ReAttach Therapy and Developmental Diversities is published online today (July 5th, 2020). A total number of 7 papers are published. Next Issue 2, Vol. 3 of JRTDD for the 2020 is expected to be published until December 31th, 2020.

Accessing JRTDD Online
To view a current articles which appears online, please visit this LINK.
You, your colleagues, and students will be able to view articles (Full-Text PDF and Online First Full-text PDF) and have unlimited access to the journal (JRTDD is an open access, international, peer reviewed and non for profit journal).
Citing Articles Using the Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
When citing articles from JRTDD, we encourage you to use article’s DOI in addition to traditional citation information. This is an industry standard, a link-resolving system that allows any link to remain “persistent” even if the location of the article changes at some point in the future. Hence, when you are quoting the link for an article, you should always quote the DOI rather than the URL of our home page.
Useful Online Features for Authors
Your registration in online submission (http://jrtdd.com/submit-your-manuscript/) will enable you with continuous information connected with JRTDD. We encourage you to share publications from JRTDD platform and online registration with your colleagues. You can feel free to share every publication on social media.
We invite you to the content of the JRTDD and we think that you will consider publishing with Journal for ReAttach Therapy and Developmental Diversities.

Call for papers for Vol.3, Issue 2 is open until August 31st.

Suggested topics include but are not limited to

  • ReAttach Therapy,
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders,
  • Neuropsychological Research,
  • Medical Aspects of Disability,
  • Special Education Research,
  • Rehabilitation Research,
  • Social Aspects of Disability,
  • Master theses and PhD theses in the field,
  • Book Reviews in the field.

If you have any questions or you face problems with paper submission, please feel free to contact us: journaljrtdd@gmail.com


JRTDD Editor-in-chief


JRTDD indexed into Advanced Science Index

Dear readers,

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

Advanced Science Index is an indexing service that indexes publishers of scientific materials. It is aiming at rapid evaluation and indexing of all local and international scholarly scientific journals.

Advanced Sciences Index provides following services with Frequency of 12-indexing round per year:

  • Evaluation and indexing of scholarly publishers
  • Estimation publication quality of journals based on comprehensive defined standards.
  • Publisher panel for publishers to monitor and control quality of their journals.

JRTDD Editor-in-chief


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