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Daniela Gavankar

Specialist psychologist, behavior analyst, ABA consultant, AITA President

Daniela Gavankar - speaker IACB 2017Daniela Gavankar is a specialist psychologist at the College of Psychologists in Romania, ABA Consultant and president of the Association for Therapeutic Intervention in Autism - AITA. She graduated from the University of North Texas - Department of Behavior Analysis and the PECS Course along with Pyramid Educational Consultants, in London. She is the author of the book "Autism. The book for parents" and co-author of the booklet "Intervention in Autism from Theory to Practice - Complete Guide to the Informed Parent, 2013."

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Petter Myhrer-Naess

EIBI (Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention) consultant

Petter Myhrer-Naess - speaker IACB 2017EIBI (Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention) consultant for the Department of Psychological and Pedagogical Services in Bergen, Norway, working for the last 22 years in the field of autism, being a part of the staff in a group setting for consulting and training staff members in group homes for persons with autism and other developmental disabilities.

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Gabriela Vilhelmsen (Negoescu)

Psychopedagogue and advisor at the Årstad Pedagogical Center, under the Department of Psychological and Pedagogical Services in Bergen, Norway

Gabriela Vilhelmsen - speaker IACB 2017She graduated from the "Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences - Psychopedagogy Department - in 2001, and in 2006 she accomplished her "Master of Philosophy in Special Needs Education" at the Faculty of Educational Sciences - University of Oslo, Norway.

She is Working directly with children with special needs in kindergartens or as an advisor for parents and staff. Her main interest is child communication and adjustment to the daily life, relationships with those around and play. Regardless of diagnosis, the child is part of the kindergarten or school group. The child takes part in, as much as possible, the same activities as the others.

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Andy Webb

Senior leader at "Church, Barnton", president of "Christian Community Ministries"

Andy Webb - speaker IACB 2017Andy has worked supporting and helping to develop projects in Romania and India since 2011 when he became  president of "Christian Community Ministries" which is now part of the "Life Church" family. Life church supports projects working in "Special Educational Needs" in cities across Romania including Cluj, Bucharest, Pitesti and Oradea. Life Church also delived over £23,000 of food, blankets and aid to some of the poorest families in Europe living in the area south of Iasi.

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Anca Dumitrescu

BCBA, psychologist and president of ATCA

Anca Dumitrescu - speaker IACB 2017Anca Dumitrescu is BCBA, psychologist and president of ATCA. She has 13 years of experience in behavioral intervention and is a consultant at the ATCA Center. She coordinated the translation of the "Applied Behavior Analysis" book by John Cooper, Timothy E. Heron and William Heward, and is President of the Romanian ABA Association. She also supports continuous training for psychologists and ABA therapists (Registered Behavior Technician) and trainer at Clemson University-Romania - BCBA / BCaBA Course Sequence.

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Domnica Petrovai

Clinical psychologist and cognitive-behavioral psychotherapist, founder of Mind Education Health

Domnica Petrovai - speaker IACB 2017Domnica Petrovai is a clinical psychologist and cognitive-behavioral psychotherapist, founder of the Mind Education Health company, that provides psychotherapy and psychological counseling services for schools and private companies. She is also the founder of the first School for Couples in the country and of the first online course for couples and relationships, For Us Two, both developed to promote happy and healthy couple relationships. She is a consultant for governmental and non-governmental organizations and has supported the mental and emotional health of children and the family. Speaker at national and international conferences with great concern for the emotional well-being of the couple and the family. (Details on www.mindeducation.ro).

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Dana Horodețchi

Parent, Teacher, Founder at "We learn with pictograms"

Dana Horodețchi - speaker IACB 2017Dana Horodetchi is a graduate of the Pedagogical Highschool and Law Faculty of the West University of Timisoara, and she is Darius' mother. After 10 years of living outside of the country, Dana returns to Romania in 2014 and establishes the "Learn with Pictograms" Association, at first to cover the needs of her own child, then helping many families work with their children.

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Ana Hodea

Speech Therapyst, Psigopedagog accredited by COPSI

Ana Hodea - speaker IACB 2017Ana Hodea specializes in the development, stimulation and correction of verbal and non-verbal language in the therapy and recovery of children with autism and has 8 years of experience in speech therapy and 10 years of experience in education. She has also been a trainer in speech therapy courses since 2012. Ana Hodea was present as a lecturer at the ABA 2015, 2016, and 2017 International Conference.

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Alexandra Cristiana Comarniceanu

BCBA, Behavior Analyst

Alexandra Cristiana Comarniceanu - speaker IACB 2017Alexandra Cristiana Comarniceanu is a Behavior Analyst with extensive experience in the field, working both at the children's homes and in specialized centers. Since September 2012 she is BCBA and is also in charge of supervising people who want to obtain the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and BCABa (Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst) certifications. Since March 2015 she is ABA therapy coordinator at the ABA Action Center, Pas a Pas Vaucluse, France.

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Ramona Stanciu

Ramona Stanciu, President of the Association of Parents of Children with Autism in Bacău

Ramona Stanciu - speaker IACB 2017

Ramona Stanciu is President of the Association of Parents of Children with Autism in Bacău, that founded and led the "St. Cosma and Damian" day center for people with autism in Bacau for five years. Given her interest in sensory therapy, Ramona specialized in Cluj and Berlin and, in 2016, she founded the first and only sensory integration room in Bacau.

13 years with my autistic child

"13 years with my autistic child will be a presentation of our journey from birth to the present, structured by levels of age; a journey of ups and downs with obstacles, steep hills to climb, spectacular turns and sometimes results that recharge our batteries for the challenges to come."

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Cătălina Nicolescu

Recovery pedagog in autism, therapist, consultant ABA

Cătălina Nicolescu - speaker IACB 2017As a recovery pedagog in autism, I use ABA techniques and procedures, along with any other scientifically validated approach, to strengthen the language, academic, self-serving, motricity and social interaction skills of children with autism and other developmental disorders. I work both as a home therapist or in the educational environment of the child and as a coordinator since 2006. Since 2014 I have been sustaining workshops and presentations.

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Ionel Mocanu

Behavior analyst, cognitive-behavioral psychotherapist

Ionel Mocanu - speaker IACB 2017Ionel Mocanu is behavior analyst, cognitive-behavioral psychotherapist and founder member of the “The Therapeutic Intervention Association for the Child and Family - Activity”. He has 8 years of experience in coordinating and implementing intervention plans (both for typical and special children), in providing individual and group parental counseling (he has a Triple P – Positive Parenting Program and Safety Circle accreditation) and in providing teacher with lessons about: The Causes  of Behaviors, Behavioral Management, ADHD, Developing Emotional and Social Abilities, Developing Motivation to Learn, The Importance of Playing in Developing the Children's Abilities.

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Sebastiana Groza

Psychologist accredited by the Psychologists' College in Romania and therapist specialized in behavioral analysis

Sebastiana Groza - speaker IACB 2017Groza Sebastiana is a psychologist accredited by the Psychologists' College in Romania and therapist specialized in behavioral analysis that is applied within the “The Therapeutic Intervention Association for the Child and family - Activity”. She graduated The Master Program in Psychology at the Jaume I University (Spain), as well as the Master Program in Clinic-Evaluation Psychology and Therapeutic Intervention at the Bucharest University. Currently, she attends the courses of cognitive-behavioral therapies at the Hypnotherapy and Cognitive-behavioral Psychology Association.

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Bianca Stănescu

Psychological counselor accredited by the Psychologists' College in Romania

Bianca Stănescu - speaker IACB 2017Bianca Stănescu is a founder member of the “The Therapeutic Intervention Association for the Child and Family - Activity” and psychological counselor accredited by the Psychologists' College in Romania. She has 5 years’ experience in working with children and applying ABA principles. For one year she has been coordinating and implementing behavioral programs. She also provides psychological counseling and coordinates the social-emotional developing groups.

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Adriana Balsanu

Psychologist with free practice rights in the fields of Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy and Special Psychopedagogy

Adriana Balsanu - speaker IACB 2017Adriana Balsanu is a free practice psychologist in the areas of Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy and Special Psychopedagogy. She practices applied behavioral intervention since 2008, she coordinates teams working with children with different diagnoses, she teaches ABA initiation courses and information courses for teachers and parents. She works with a lot of commitment and involvement in the Association "Help Autism", where she developed as a specialist, currently coordinating the entire therapeutic activity within the organisation. She thinks it is necessary to be in permanent professional development, which is why she is currently attending master Applied Behavior Analysis courses at the Clemson University.

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Violeta Mihalașcu

Autonomous clinical psychologist and psychotherapist in cognitive-behavioral therapy

Adriana BalsanuVioleta Mihalaşcu - speaker IACB 2017Violeta Mihalaşcu is an autonomous clinical psychologist and psychotherapist in cognitive-behavioral therapy and works in the field of autism in 2011. She makes psychological assessments and coordinates teams of ABA therapists aiming to recover children with autism spectrum disorders. Since 2015 she has been a trainer, sustaining courses for ABA therapy prectitioners, as well as a course for parents and teachers.

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Camelia Crîșmariu

Psychologist with rights for free practice in the field of Special Psychopedagogy

Camelia Crîșmariu - speaker IACB 2017Camelia Crîșmariu is a psychologist with rights for free practice in the field of Special Psychopedagogy. She started working with behavioral intervention since 2009. Starting 2015, she started her collaboration with the Help Autism association, where she coordinates the child intervention plans and teaches initiation courses in ABA therapy.

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Ramona Octaviana Gheorghe

Primary psychiatrist of children and adolescents, adlerian psychotherapist and accredited trainer

Ramona Octaviana Gheorghe - speaker IACB 2017Ramona Octaviana Gheorghe is a primary psychiatrist of children and adolescents and adlerian psychotherapist. She has 12 years of experience in hospital and ambulatory clinics, has coordinated multidisciplinary teams for evaluation and intervention in mental disorders in child and adolescent and is a trainer accredited by the Ministry of Labor.

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Mădălina Potoroacă

Primary pediatric psychiatrist

Mădălina Potoarcă - speaker IACB 2017

Anxiety disorders, in terms of their diversity, are an integral part of the autistic spectrum symptomatology at different ages. The forms of anxiety can be difficult to diagnose because they are complicated with autistic spectrum symptoms and ADHD because we do not think about them and because there is a need for a clinical and creative thinking about how a child expresses behaviorally.

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Antonela Samson

Psychopedagogue professor, speech therapist-psychologist, applied behavioral analysis consultant

Camelia Crîșmariu - speaker IACB 2017 Antonela Samson started her career in this field in 2005, working in home based intervention programme as a therapist under the supervision of a specialist of the UK Young Autism Project. Over time she has enriched her experience in the field by participating in various professional events about specialized psychoeducational assessment and intervention, both as a participant and lecturer. In 2012, she graduated from the Course Sequence – BcaBA with BCBA trainer Neil Martin.

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Cecilia Moței

Clinical psychologist and psychotherapist accredited by COPSI

Cecilia Moței - speaker IACB 2017

Cecilia Moței is a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist accredited by COPSI and at present she specializes in applied behavioral analysis. She is attending Clemson University and graduated Short Therapies Targeted on Resources and Solutions courses. In the last 6 years she has been  supporting therapeutic programs for children with ASD, coordinating and implementing the principles of applied analysis, supporting personal development workshops for both children and parents. During this period, Cecilia Moței participated in volunteer internships in countries such as Ghana (Africa) and Jordan (Asia), where she worked with children with TSA and Down Syndrome, supported personal development programs for the siblings of children with autism, and she is currently working in her own psychology cabinet.

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Geta Udrea

Clinical and educational psychologist (special psycho-pedagogy) accredited by COPSI

Geta Udrea - speaker IACB 2017

Geta Udrea is a clinical and educational psychologist (special psycho-pedagogy) accredited by COPSI, and during this period she specializes in behavioral analysis and follows the courses of the University of Granada. She finished personal development counselor and trainer courses. She has a Masters diploma in "Logopedic Therapy in Communication Processes". For 8 years she has been supporting the therapeutic program of children with TSA, coordinating and implementing the principles of applied behavior analysis, supportng personal development workshops for children and parents and lecturing training courses for teachers and parents. She is also collaborating with the Alternative University at which she teaches workshops for students and teachers.

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Roxana Maria Clinciu

Clinical psychologist and speech therapist

Roxana Clinciu - speaker IACB 2017Roxana Maria Clinciu is a clinical psychologist and speech therapist. She has been working with children with autism for 7 years, coordinating and implementing behavioral intervention programs. She attended training in ABA, obtaining BCaBA accreditation.

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Cristina Maria Nedelcu

Psychologist clinician specialist

Cristina Nedelcu - speaker IACB 2017Cristina Maria Nedelcu is a Psychologist Clinician Specialist and PhD student at the University of Medicine UMF Carol Davila, and a Program Coordinator - "Parents Skills Training" in collaboration with Autism Speaks in Romania. From 2015 she works on the translation and adaptation of ADOS 2 in Romania (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule 2) and translation and adaptation in Romania-ABAS 3 (Adaptative Behavior Assessment System 3). She is also president of the Non-Governmental Association "Creative Minds" and author of articles and publications on Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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Alina Căpușan

Speech therapist and ABA coordinator at AITA

Alina Căpușan - speaker IACB 2017Alina Capusan is a speech therapist and ABA coordinator at AITA from 2012. She graduated the Faculty of Sociology and Psychology at Spiru Haret University and was formed in behavioral cognitive psychotherapy (AHPCC). Alina is a specialist in early intervention in a child with autism, especially concerned with the stimulation, development and correction of verbal and nonverbal language in the child with autism.

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Chiriac Bădeancă Irina Andreea

Psychotherapist, psychopedagogue and a speech therapist

Chiriac Bădeancă Irina Andreea - speaker IACB 2017Chiriac Bădeancă Irina Andreea is a psychotherapist, psychopedagogue and a speech therapist. She has been working with children with autism for 10 years, coordinating and implementing behavioral intervention programs. She has been working with children with delay in development and language disorders for 7 years. She has also been a trainer in speech therapy courses.

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Corina Aurelia Mehedințu

School teacher, Kindergarten educator and psychopedagogue

Corina Aurelia Mehedințu - speaker IACB 2017Corina Aurelia Mehedințu is a School teacher, Kindergarten educator and psychopedagogue. She has been working with children with autism for 5 years. She attended training in ABA and speech and language therapy.

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