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Gina Davies

Speech and Language Therapist and Autism specialist

Gina Davies - speaker IACB 2017Gina Davies has worked in the field of Special Educational Needs as a speech and language therapist for over 20 years in both clinic and education and family settings. Gina Davies set up and ran an early intervention centre – a specialist nursery for children with autism where speech and language therapy and teaching were integrated into an intensive specialist early intervention curriculum. For the last 11 years Gina Davies has been taking the work developed within the specialist nursery setting to a wider age range and variety of educational placements - both specialist and mainstream."

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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 and Mission Director at "Life Church Barton"

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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Ana Maria Bogdan

Psychologist, speech therapist, ABA therapist and behavioral analysis consultant at ATCA

Ana Maria Bogdan - speaker IACB 2017Ana Maria Bogdan is a psychologist, speech therapist, ABA therapist and behavioral analysis consultant at ATCA. At this time she specializes in applied behavioral analysis at the University of North Texas Department of Behavior Analysis. She is involved in organizing training sessions, organized by A.T.C.A. for parents, teachers and volunteers.

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Raluca Vasilescu

Therapist and coordinator in the Behavioral Therapy Association

Raluca Vasilescu - speaker IACB 2017Raluca Vasilescu graduated the of the Psychology College and the masters program of "Cognitive-Behavioral Psychotherapy" at the "Titu Maiorescu" University. In the Behavioral Therapy Association she is the coordinator and the therapist and she has been part of this team since the beginning of her career in this field. In order to improve, she is now studying at the University of North Texas in the Applied Behavior Analysis department."

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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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Oana Baloc

Psychological Counselor and Behavior Analyst pursuing BCBA accreditation

Oana Baloc - speaker IACB 2017Oana Baloc is a psychological counselor specialized in child, couple and family’s counseling and a Behavior Analyst currently pursuing BCBA accreditation. She is enrolled in the online course sequence offered by Florida Institute of Technology. She has been working with kids with TSA since 2013, implementing home-based therapy programs.

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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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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

Madalina Potoarcă is a primary physician in child and adolescent psychiatry, having a 19 year experience. She also has competences in counseling the child and adolescent family, complex assessment of children with disabilities, avant-garde training in pediatric psychophamacology and neurobiological mechanisms of pediatric psychopathology. She is the manager of Dr. Potoraca Medical Clinic, a pediatric psychiatry clinic, psychiatry, autism, ADHD, emotional and language disorders, as well as adult / parental therapies.

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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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Răzvan Danciu

Physiotherapist

Răzvan Danciu - speaker IACB 2017 Răzvan Danciu is a physiotherapist. He graduate in 2010 National University of Physical Education and Sport, Bucharest, Romania - Physiotherapy Department (beachelor Degree) and in 2012 Master Degree also at National University of Physical Education and Sport, Bucharest, Romania. Currently he is in PhD. study, year I. His PhD thesis will search for the purpose and the role of physiotherapy in the treatment of motor impairment in autistic childrens.

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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, speech therapist and ABA consultant

Geta Udrea - speaker IACB 2017

Geta Udrea is a clinical and educational psychologist, speech therapist and ABA consultant. She has a masters diploma in "ABA Intervention in Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Learning Disorders" at Granada University. She also graduated personal development counselor and trainer courses. She has a masters diploma in "Speech Therapy in Communication Processes". For 8 years she has been supporting the therapeutic programs of children with TSA, coordinating and implementing the principles of applied behavior analysis, teaching emotional intelligence and helping children develop on a personal level through ludo therapy and floor time therapy.

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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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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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Lili Covaci

Psychologist, President of Pyramid Learning Center Association

Lili Covaci - speaker IACB 2017Lili Covaci has served with dedication for over 20 years working with children and adults with autism and various learning disabilities in orphanages, residential homes, day centers and family setting. She ownes the Francise of Pyramid Educational Consultant Romania-Certified PECS and Pyramid Approch to Education Consultant, Psychologist and President of Pyramid Learning Center Association and persuing to become a Board Certified Behaviour Analist (BCBA) at Florida University of Technology-USA.

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Maria Gioroc

BCaBA since 2015, clinical psychologist

Maria Gioroc - lector IACB 2017Maria Gioroc is a BCaBA since 2015, clinical psychologist and founder of the non-governmental organization Spontania – Intervention in Autism. She has accumulated 8 years of experience in implementing and applying behavioral intervention programs, always being close to both families and their children with developmental disorders.

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Simona Marica

University lecturer, PhD in psychology, specialist clinician psychologist

Simona Marica - speaker IACB 2017Simona Marica is a PhD in Psychology, a specialized clinical psychologist and a clinical psychologist. She has been teaching at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences at the "Spiru Haret" University in Bucharest for 20 years. She is a lecturer in Psychopathology, Psihodiagnosis and Clinical Assessment, Clinical and Medical Psychology.

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Alina Mirela Craiu

Clinical psychologist and psychopedagogue

Alina Mirela Craiu - speaker IACB 2017She has been working with autistic children for almost 10 years. She makes psychological assessments, develops the intervention plans and implements these plans. She is interested in scholar inclusion of autistic children and also in the emotional equilibrium of autistic children. She makes researches and organizes training sessions especially for teachers. She is co-author of „A Short Handbook of School Inclusion of children with ASD and ADHD”.

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Andreea Stroe-Mățăuan

Psychotherapist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst – BCBA

Andreea Stroe-Mățăuan - speaker IACB 2017Andreea Stroe-Mățăuan is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst – BCBA – and a Psychotherapist certified by the Romanian College of Psychologists. Since the year 2008 she has been assisting children with autism and other developmental delays. And since the year 2011 Andreea is a speaker at conferences and has held various lectures and workshops for parents and professionals.

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Ana Florina Dumitrescu

Founder of Asociația Autism, Terapie, Sport și Arte Argeș/ Autism, Therapy, Sport and Arts Association Argeș; legal adviser

Ana Florina Dumitrescu - speaker IACB 2017Ana Florina Dumitrescu ia a parent and founder of Asociația Autism, Terapie, Sport și Arte Argeș/ Autism, Therapy, Sport and Arts Association Arges, legal adviser of Citty Hall of Pitesti since 1999. My fight with autism began nine years ago, when my boy recived this diagnosis. During this period I contributed to the training of many specialists in the field, I helped many families with children with autism . The main purpose of the association is to facilitate the access and provide people suffering of autism with specialized therapy, the final outcome being represented by the social and also the educational integration and inclusion.

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Marius Teodor Zamfir

Independent clinician psychologist, coordinator of Centrul Sfântul Mihail for Children with Autism

Marius Teodor Zamfir - speaker IACB 2017Marius Teodor Zamfir is an independent clinician psychologist, coordinator of Centrul Sfântul Mihail for Children with Autism - Children in Difficulty Romania Foundation from 2007 until now. He is a founding member of the Association for Child Mental Health „Sfântul Serafim de Sarov”. He has been a member of the Romanian Psychologists College since 2011. He is also a member of the Institute of Judicial Psychology since 2013 and is enrolled in the Psychological Expert Panel of Clinical Psychology and Psychology since 2013.

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