2 March 2018


Focus on Autism International Scientific Conference 2018

27 – 29 September 2018

Framework programme

  Thursday, 27th  September 2018 Friday 28th September 2018 Saturday 29th September 2018
7.30 – 9.00 Registration of participants Registration of participants Registration of participants
9.00 – 9.30 Opening ceremony Assoc. Prof. Agnieszka Słopień, M.D.
Medical University in Poznań

Indications for pharmacotherapy in ASD

Prof. Jacek Błeszyński, Ph.D.
Nicolaus Copernicus University in  Toruń

A change in approach to ASD – towards a humanistic-personalistic perspective on understanding the person

9.30 – 10.00 WAO, AE, Prof. Vladimir Trajkovski, M.D. Ph.D.
University “Ss Cyril and Methodius” in Skopje

Health issues and health care in autism spectrum disorders

Assoc. Prof. Magda Mostafa, Ph.D.
The American University in Cairo

The Architecture of Autism: Designing with the ASPECTSS Index

10.00 – 10.30 Prof. Paul Shattock, Ph.D., OBE 
University of Sunderland

If it doesn’t make sense, it is probably important. Recent developments in the milk – autism connection

Nela Grzegorczyk-Dłuciak, Ph.D., Ewa Kuliga, MAT
Polish Association of Behaviour Therapy

The limits of the therapist’s impact and responsibility in the course of therapy of persons with autism

Prof. Francesc Cuxart, Ph.D.
Autonomous University of Barcelona

Adults with ASD, intellectual impairment and behavior problems: clinical and intervention issues

10.30 – 11.00 Prof. Rita Jordan Bsc., QTS., Msc., MA., Ph.D. C. Psychology, OBE
University of Birmingham

Understanding autism as the basis for effective education, treatment and support

Prof. Michael Fitzgerald, Ph.D.
Trinity College Dublin

Autism and Comorbidities

Assoc. Prof. Ewa Augustynowicz, Ph.D.,D.Sc.
National Institute of Public Health-National Institute of Hygiene

The Truth About Vaccine Safety

11.00 – 11.30 Coffee break Coffee break Coffee break
11.30 – 12.00 Prof. Tadeusz Gałkowski, Ph.D.

SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities

Bioethical issues in programmes for supporting people with ASD

Prof. Joanna Kruk-Lasocka, Ph.D. Dorota Prędkiewicz, M.A.
University of Lower Silesia (ULS)

“Broken Mirror” and what next? How to support infants at risk of autism? ”

Assoc. Prof. Miklós Győri, Ph.D., habil.
ELTE University, Budapest

Researching the quality of life of people with ASD and their families – insights from a large mixed-method study

12.00 – 12.30 Maria Wroniszewska, M.A.

Synapsis Foundation, Autism-Europe aisbl

How to be the best guide in the life of a child with autism?

Michał Wroniszewski, MMSC
Synapsis Foundation, Warsaw

Consequenses of increasingly arly diagnosis of autistic disorder

Prof. Małgorzata Sekułowicz, Ph.D.
The Maria Grzegorzewska University

Parents of children with autism and the risk of burnout

12.30 – 13.00 Assoc. Prof. Barbara Remberk, M.D. Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology

Teacher, pediatrician, psychiatrist, caregiver – together or apart?

Paula Weerkamp-Bartholomeus, Ph.D.
ReAttach Therapy International Foudation, Eindhoven, Netherlands

How a different view on autism offers new perspective

Assoc. Prof. Ernest Kuchar, M.D.
Medical University of Warsaw

Autism and vaccination

13.00 – 13.30 Prof. David  Brown, MEng, Ph.D.
Nottingham Trent University

Examining Engagement and Achievement in Learners with Intellectual Disability and Autism using Robots

Assoc.Prof. David Preece, Ph.D.
University of Northampton

Developing effective partnerships with parents of children with autism

Anna Piwowarczyk, M.D. Medical University of Warsaw

Impact of gluten- and/or casein-free diet on the functioning of children with autism spectrum disorder

13.30 – 14.30 Lunch Lunch Lunch
14.30 – 15.00 Assoc. Prof. Agnieszka Rynkiewicz, M.D., MAT, Ph.D.
Faculty of Medicine, University of Rzeszów

Autism in girls and women and currently available standardised diagnostic tools ADOS-2, ADI-R, SCQ

Michał T. Handzel, Ph.D. OSPPE
The Major Seminary of the Pauline Order Krakow, Poland

Psychological and pastoral support for people with ASD in the context of Catholic ethics

Thematic sessions /poster session
details below
15.00 – 15.30 Assoc. Prof.Olga Bogdashina, Ph.D.
International Institute for Autism KSPU

Making Sense of Sensory Needs

Assoc. Prof. Maciej Pilecki, M.D.
Collegium Medicum of Jagiellonian University

Pervasive developmental disorder over a life span

15.30 – 16.00 Prof. Joanna Kruk-Lasocka,  Ph.D.(1)
Assoc. Prof. Remigiusz Szczepanowski, Ph.D. (2)Krzysztof Arent, Ph.D. (3) Bożena Bartosik, Ph.D. (1), Tomasz Niemiec, M.A. (1)(1) University of Lower Silesia (ULS),
(2) University of Zielona Góra
(3) Wroclaw University of Science and Technology

Social robot in diagnosing ASD symptoms in preschool children

Assoc. Prof. Marion Hersh, EngD
University of Glasgow

AnAuternative: an autistic perspective on empowering and improving services for autistic adults – in order to take their place in the world

16.00 – 16.30 Coffee break Coffee break Coffee break
16.30 – 18.30 Panel Discussion moderated by Joanna Kossewska, Ph.D.& Krzysztof Gerc, Ph.D.
A cross-cultural perspective on medical treatment, education and support for students and adults with ASD
1. Assoc. Prof.Olga Bogdashina, Ph.D. – Language and Communication in Autism: Talking About Talking (in English, room 350)
2. Izabela Fornalik, Ph.D. – Challenging behaviours in the field of sexuality in persons with ASD (in Polish, Auditorium named in honour of Professor W. Danek)
3. Nela Grzegorczyk-Dłuciak, Ph.D., Ewa Kuliga, MAT – Dealing with the challenging behaviours of people with autism (in Polish, room 443)
4. Katarzyna Seremak, M.A.- Systemic psychotherapy techniques for supporting family and therapy of a child with ASD therapy (in Polish, room 347)
5. Anna Waligórska, Ph.D., Karolina Kuncewicz-Sosnowska, M.A. – Evidence-based practice in therapy & eduacation of persons with autism. How to choose practices verified by research?(in Polish, Main Hall)
6. Paula Weerkamp-Bartholomeus, Ph.D. Frederik Weerkamp – What a different view on autism offers families (in English, room 312)
Closing ceremony
social events 20.00Gala dinner 19.00Concert by students of Cracovian music schools and an author reading by Hanna Pasterny – the author of the unique book “Tartan tandem” related to the friendship between two exceptional women: Hanna- the blind Polish woman and Marion Hersh – the Aspie from Glasgow University and
their long journey

Thematic session No 1. Between diagnosis and well-being (in Polish)

  1. Barbara Winczura

Recognizing early symptoms of the development of the theory of mind among children of risk of autistic spectrum disorder

  1. Anna Waligórska

The NPDC model and evidence-based practice in therapy and education of children with autism

  1. Ewa Zawisza

Asperger Syndrome, diagnosis of the child and adult

  1. Renata Stefańska-Klar

Autistic characteristics as the personality dimension and their relation to well-being

  1. Danuta Wolska, Ewelina Sobocha

Adulthood from an autistic perspective


Thematic session No 2. Person with ASD functioning in the micro- and macrosystemic context (in English)

  1. Brigita Kreivinienė, Daiva Mockevičienė, Žilvinas Kleiva,
    A comparison of psychosocial evaluation of children with autism, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy in dolphin assisted therapy
  2. Diana Saveikiene, Ingrida Baranauskiene

The future of a child with autism: a narrative analysis of parental attitudes

  1. Krzysztof Gerc, Jean M. Novak, Marta Jurek, Iwona Sikorska

Functioning profiles of families with autistic (ASD) children in California and Poland

  1. Ivana Lessner Listiakova

The use of multisensory environments with children and young people with autism in Slovakia

  1. Shahar Bar Yehuda

Students with ASD in Israel

  1. Orsolya Pachner, György Révész

Structural equation modeling as an alternative method in autism research


Poster session

  1. Orsolya Pachner, Németh Réka,

The process of accepting the diagnosis and its effect to family

  1. Elizaveta Davydova, Alexander Sorokin, Denis Davydov

Auditory-verbal and visual memory in elementary school children with ASD

  1. Karolina Krzysztofik , Klaudia Czapla

Abnormal reactions to sensory stimuli and sexuality in young people with ASD – a theoretical outline of the research issues

  1. David Preece, Jasmina Stosic, Joanna Kossewska, Jasmina Troshanska, Ana Ruzic, Magdalena Mazur, Marija Deletikj, Ron Fortuna & Aurelie Barange

Autism Spectrum Disorder – Empowering and Supporting Teachers ( ASD-EAST)

  1. Agnieszka Lasota, Emilia Macałka, Weronika Popielarz, Gabriela Początek, Adrianna

The mirror neuron system hypothesis – a challenge for ASD theories

  1. Joanna Kossewska

Social robot-mediated treatment of children with ASD. Acceptance attitudes by future professionals  in a cross-national perspective 

  1. Alina Perzanowska, Edward Bolak

Support for adults with ASD – 20th Anniversary of the Community of Hope Foundation

  1. Marta Bubak

Activity of the PROMITIS Therapy Center towards comprehensive support for children with autism

  1. Miłosława Szupiluk

Understanding emotions as a way of mindreading. How to teach the mindreading to children with Autism?

  1. Miłosława Szupiluk

Early symptoms of Autistic Spectrum Disorders