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Karin dom
Karin dom Foundation
Center for children with special needs
Training and resource center

International Autism Conference 2014

Bulgaria, Golden Sands Resort, International Hotel Casino & Tower Suites May 30, 31 and June 1

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Day One – May 30, 2014 SHARING OF EXPERIENCE

12.00 – 14.00 Registration for the conference
14.00 – 14.30 Official opening of the conference
14.30 – 14.50 Presentation of paper on “Bulgarian adaptation of Childhood Autism Rating Scale™, Second Edition (CARS™2)”, Sevdzhihan Eubova, Nikolai Nikolov, OS Bulgaria
14.50 – 15.10 Presentation of paper on “Disturbance of auditory perception in the spectrum”, Dr. Neli Fialkovska, MD, Varna, Bulgaria
15.10 – 15.30 Presentation of paper on “Coping strategies for overcoming the stress and their application from parents of children with autism spectrum disorders”, Biserka Mitseva, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
15.30 – 15.50 Presentation of paper on “Multidisciplinary approach and the role of the family in the work with young children from the autistic spectrum”, team of Karin Dom Foundation, Varna, Bulgaria
15.50 – 16.20 Coffee break
16.20 – 16.40 Presentation of paper on “Physical therapy in the rehabilitation of children with autism”, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Svetlana Yancheva, MD, National Sports Academy, Sofia, Bulgaria
16.40 – 17.00 Presentation of paper on “Therapeutic horse riding for children with autism spectrum disorders”, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nezabravka Gencheva, MD, National Sports Academy, Sofia, Bulgaria
17.00 – 17.20 Presentation of paper on “Virtual Autism Center at Boston Children’s Hospital”, Dr. Bistra Vlassakova, MD, Boston, USA
17.20 – 17.40 Presentation of paper on “Evidence-based practice in speech therapy of children from the autistic spectrum”, Svetlana Kartunova, Consultative office for early intervention and therapy for children with developmental problems, Sofia, Bulgaria
17.40 – 18.00 Presentation of paper on “Problems in auditory processing and the abilities of sound stimulation as a therapeutic method for children with autism spectrum disorders”, Olga Georgieva, Logos ABC Speech Therapy Centre, Sofia, Bulgaria
18.30 – 20.00 Cocktail for all conference participants

Day Two – May 31, 2014 PLENARY SESSIONS

09.00 – 10.30 Presentation on the topic «Discrete Trial Teaching for children with autism», Amanda Boutot
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break
11.00 – 12.30 Presentation on the topic «Working with children who are non-verbal and aggressive», Diane L. Maxson, Amanda Boutot
12.30 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 15.30 Presentation on the topic «Sharing practices of Spring Common School in working with students with autism», Richard Gamman
15.30 – 16.00 Coffee break
16.00 – 17.30 Presentation on the topic «Medical interventions for autism: How to decide on what treatments to use», Dr. Ramzi Nasir
In this presentation we will discuss commonly used interventions including medication therapies currently available. We will spend time discussing how Doctors and families can work together to evaluate the evidence for or against a particular intervention and how to decide on what is the best treatment option for each child. We will use the controversy about vaccinations as one of the examples of how complex it is for families to make decisions about treatments.

Day three – June 1, 2014. PRACTICAL SEMINARS

Parallelly led seminars in two rooms on different topics. By the end of the second day participants will be able to choose which of the seminars they wish to join.

09.00 – 10.15
Hall 1 Seminar on the topic «Embedding discrete trials in normal routines at home and school», Amanda Boutot. The seminar continues and practically develops the topic «Discrete Trial Teaching» from Day Two.
Hall 2 Seminar on the topic “Vaccinations and autism: considerations before making a decision”, Dr. Bistra Vlassakova
10.15 – 10.45 Coffee break
10.45 – 12.00
Hall 1 Seminar on the topic «Data collection to evaluate the effectiveness of intervention», Amanda Boutot
Hall 2 Seminar on the topic «Feeding problems in children with autism», Diane Maxson
12.00 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 – 14.45 Seminar on the topic «Ideas, tips and strategies to build independence in self-care skills», Diane Maxson
14.45 – 15.15 Coffee break
15.15 – 16.00 Seminar on the topic «Medical interventions for autism: How to decide on what treatments to use», Dr. Ramzi Nasir
Participants are encouraged to bring questions that they have about the seminar or other medical questions about autism.
16.00 – 16.30 Closing of the Conference