Conference Program

2nd Annual Cyprus International Conference on Autism Treatment & Research

Neurodiversity, Individuality, and Opportunities for Life:

360 Support, Best Practices, and Shared Synergies

17 – 21 November, 2017

Ajax Hotel

Limassol – Cyprus

Organized by Magic Always Happens Inc.

Supported by

Holy Archbishopric of Cyprus

Magic Always Happens Cyprus

Cyprus Tourism Organization

Published by: Magic Always Happens, Inc.

Synopsis of International Scientific Contributions by Luminary Experts:

360 Support – Best Practices – Shared Synergies & Autism

Actions Not Words

Love Autism

Editor: Neophytos L. Papaneophytou, PhD

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

It is a great pleasure and an exceptional honor for me to welcome you to our 2nd Annual Cyprus International Conference on Autism Treatment and Research. This year, our scientific works are focusing on Neurodiversity, Individuality, and Opportunities for Life, via our known to all “360 Approach” that encapsulates support through best practices, and shared synergies.

We, at Magic Always Happens, Inc., and Magic Always Happens Cyprus, are very proud of our hard pro-social work, and scientific contributions to date.  We continue our work internationally, fueled by our unrelenting wish to see our proposed Cyprus International Center for Autism Treatment, Diagnosis, Education, and Research, materialize in the first instance. As you may recall, with the support of our think tank comprised of leading world experts, we had presented our scientific study for the creation of the aforementioned International Center during our 2016 international conference. This year, we expect to be able to present solid work on the architectural end of the study, bringing us a step closer to the establishment of our proposed Center.

Just like with our 2016 conference, we are happy to welcome a plethora of true luminary experts from around the globe. Experts who support our goals and are happy to share their work and research with us. Let us once again emphasize the transdisciplinary nature of our international conference supported by applied, scientific research conducted by leading experts establishing best practices around the world! We remain thankful to each and every one of our experts for their participation and active contribution to our global think tank. Among other essential issues to be discussed during our 2017 conference are issues pertinent to neurodiversity, individuality, best practices, and support of people on the Autism Spectrum, and their families. Once again, special attention will be given to the needs and nature of issues having to do with people on the spectrum who are 18+ years of age.

This international conference integrates plenary sessions, hands-on workgroups and workshops, poster sessions, as well as in vivo group support to parents of people with autism. Our 1-day “meet and greet” luncheon with local parents, led by a Greek-speaking psychologist during our 2016 conference had allowed us to build upon that experience. This year, we are happy to offer a 3-day-long seminar with all interested local parents offering them a listening ear, support, guidance, and practical ways to cope with day-to-day issues. We will further enhance this seminar and in the months to come offer more assistance on the applied level to our people with autism, in Cyprus, and internationally. The contribution of our think tank to this, and other efforts, remains priceless.

We look forward to be meeting with every one during our 2017 international conference, and as always we welcome your thoughts, contribution, and feedback. As a reminder, please note that Magic Always Happens, Inc., (an IRS tax exempt organization) and Magic Always Happens Cyprus are non-profit organizations, registered in their respective countries of origin (USA & Cyprus). We welcome strategic alliances, international collaboration, intercontinental research, publication, and all friends who wish to support our noble goals in our pursued of excellence. As emphasized during our 2016 conference, we remain particularly interested in collaboration promoting best practices, continuous research, and to the advance of applied solutions in order to help people of all ages on the spectrum, especially as it regards early intervention (0 – 3) and our 18+ population.

As the Conference Chairperson and Scientific Committee Coordinator I welcome you, and I look forward to be meeting with you all during our conference and beyond.

Conference Program (Tentative; reserved right for potential changes)

Friday, 17 November, 2017

6:30 PM Press Conference; Ajax Hotel Press Room

7:00 PM Welcome & Inaugural Address: Conference Chairperson, Chair, Scientific Committee, Minister(s) & representatives, His Eminence, Head of Church of Cyprus.

Reception will follow.

8:00 PM

Gala Dinner (Blessing: Head, Church of Cyprus)

Saturday, 18 November, 2017

8:30 AM – 9:15 AM

*Ed Tronick, PhD. (In absentia) Via video/Skype* 3-minute salutation to the conference.

Jerri Lynn Hogg, PhD. Media Psychology and Technology and Autism: Engagement, Learning, Therapy, and Entertainment.

9:15 AM – 9:30 AM

Q & A

9:30 AM – 10:15 AM

David H. Skuse, PhD. Autism Spectrum Disorders in females: Where did all the girls go?

10: 15 AM – 10:30 AM

Q & A

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM

Coffee Break

10:45 AM – 11:30 AM

Amandine Lassale. Ouch and Yikes: Autism, Alexithymia, and Emotional Reaction.

11:30 AM – 11:45 AM

Q & A

11:45 AM – 12:30 PM

Marinos Kyriakopoulos, MD. Autism Spectrum Disorders and Psychosis.

12:30 PM – 12:45 PM

Q & A

12:45 PM

Review of Scientific Posters.

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Lunch (Own arrangements)

*1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Working Lunch in *GREEK (Local Greek-speaking parents & families)

Antigoni Apostolopoulou, MA, PhD (Cand.) Talking with parents about autism: A three-day modular workshop for parents of children diagnosed with the autism spectrum.

1st Meeting (*18 Nov.): Talking with parents about autism: Practical and emotional challenges.

2nd Meeting (*19 Nov.): Talking with parents about autism: Recognizing ways to manage practical and emotional challenges.

3rd Meeting (*20 Nov.): Talking with parents about autism: Strengthening the resilience of parents of children diagnosed with the autism spectrum.

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Integrated Panel Discussion (Drs. Hogg, Skuse, Lassale, Kyriakopoulos, & Mrs. Apostolopoulou).

3:00 PM – 3:15 PM

Coffee Break

Workshops & Seminars

3:15 PM – 4:00 PM

Natalia Neophytou, MSc (Med/Biokinetics) A hands on approach to improving flexibility, agility, and other motor deficits in individuals with ASD

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM

Mikaella Spandiou, MSc. Water and our multisensory world. Swimming and movement in water for people on the ASD!

4:45 PM – 5:30 PM

Tatyana El-Kour, PhD (Cand.) Media psychology: A comprehensive cross-cultural comparative analysis of global dietary patterns and best practices for autism.

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Workshop & Seminar Integrated Panel Discussion (Mrs. Neophytou, Mrs. Spandiou, & Mrs. El-Kour)

7:00 PM

Dinner – Own arrangements

Sunday, 19 November, 2017

8:30 AM – 9:15 AM

Serena Wieder, PhD. Infant Mental Health and Development: Two Worlds or One? Autism Needs an Integrated Approach

9:15 AM – 9:30 AM

Q & A

9:30 AM – 10:15 AM

Gilbert M. Foley, Ed.D. Changing the lens on The Spectrum: Developmental, Parent Mediated, Play as Regulation-Based Intervention

10:15 AM – 10:30 AM

Q & A

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM

Coffee Break

10:45 AM – 11:30 AM

Yael Bruck Binya, OT, PhD (Cand.) The hidden meanings of repetitive behaviors” – a window into the child’s inner world through a multidisciplinary perspective.

11:30 AM – 11:45 AM

Q & A

11:45 AM – 12:30 PM

Alisa Vig, PhD. Moving from the Actual Space of the Outer World to the Inner Space of Symbols through Play.

12:30 PM – 12:45 PM

Q & A

12:45 PM – 1:00 PM Review Posters

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Lunch Local families with children/adults on the Autism Spectrum are invited to join us for a courtesy “Sunday festive lunch and celebration.” Meet and greet our luminary experts and mingle! Actions not words! Love Autism: No child will be alone!

2:30 – 3:15 PM

Niko Kargas, Phd.  The Autism Research & Innovation Centre: Engaging and involving the wider community in research.

3:15 – 3:30 PM

Q & A

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Integrated Panel Discussion (Drs. Wieder, Foley, Mostafa, Papaneophytou, Vig, Kargas, and Mrs. Bruck Binya)

4:40 PM Excursion & Dinner for speakers (By invitation only)

All others welcomed at own expenses; please see conference secretariat in advance for reservations.

Monday, 20 November, 2017

8:30 AM – 9:15 AM

Bhismadev Chakrabarti, PhD. Challenging barriers in autism: Perspectives from neuroscience and epidemiology.

9:15 AM – 9:30 AM

Q & A

9:30 AM – 10:15 AM

Jean-Baptiste Fini, PhD. Mixtures of xenobiotics found in human fluid modify embryonic thyroid hormone signaling and brain development.

10:15 AM – 10:30 AM

Q & A

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM

Coffee Break

10:45 AM – 11:30 AM

Das N Undurti, MD, FAMS, FRSC. A Perinatal Strategy to Prevent Autism.

11:30 AM – 11:45 AM

Q & A

11:45 AM – 12:30 PM

Afaf El-Ansary, PhD. Human glial cell line – derived neurotrophic factor as predictive marker of the effectiveness of auditory integration intervention in autism.

12:30 PM – 12:45 PM

Q & A

12:45 PM – 1:00 PM Review of Scientific Posters

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Lunch – Own arrangements

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Integrated Panel Discussion (Drs. Chakrabarti, Undurti, and El-Ansary)

3:00 PM – 3:15 PM

Coffee Break

Workshops & Seminars

3:15 PM – 4:00 PM

Antonis Savva, PhD (Cand.) Deriving Resting State fMRI Biomarkers for Classification of Autism Spectrum Disorder

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM

Kimberly Krieger, MA. The Nurtured Heart Approach to Autism

4:45 PM – 5:45 PM

Workshop & Seminar Integrated Panel Discussion (Mr. Savva, and Mrs. Krieger)

Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

8:30 AM – 9:15 AM

Magda Mostafa, Phd, & Neophytos Papaneophytou, PhD, The Cyprus International Center for Autism Treatment and Research: Design and Purpose Based on Best Practices and the Autism ASPECTSS™ Index.

**Nikos Kargas sitting in (advisory/consultation.)

9:15 AM – 9:30 AM

Q & A

9:30 AM – 10:15 AM

Hillel D. Braude, PhD. Repetitive and stereotyped Movements in Infants with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Intentionality, Cognition and Affect.

10:15 – 10:30 AM

Q & A

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM

Coffee Break

10:45 AM – 12:45 PM

Think Tank Part I

Local authorities and autism associations participating (By Invitation ONLY)

Local authorities included in the round-table discussion (by invitation) on: Assisting the local government and formal/ local autism associations in their quest for improved quality of services based on best practices.

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Formal working luncheon

2:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Think Tank Part II

Luminary speakers and researchers ONLY

Session focused on research and international cooperation: Application of current best practices, training, future endeavors, intercontinental research and publications. The way forward: Our 2018 3rd Annual Cyprus International Conference on Autism Treatment and Research

4:30 PM – 5:00 PM Concluding Remarks & Future Direction for Think Tank:

Future directions for our proposed Cyprus International Center for Autism Treatment and Research. Intercontinental Collaboration, Research, Training, and Publication. Magic Always Happens leading the “360 approach” / our multidisciplinary approach to autism: 2018 and beyond!

5:00 PM Informal excursion and guided tour, including dinner. Optional

7:30 PM Dinner (At excursion site). Optional