Yael Bruck Binya

Yael Bruck Binya

Biography

Yael Bruck Binya

Biography

Yael Bruck Binya is an occupational therapists and a doctoral student at the professional school of psychology. She specializes in the field of special needs and autism, and serves as the General Manager of the Israeli DIR organization.

DIR Israel is the official organization that trains therapists and educators who work with children with special needs using the DIR model by Greenspan and Weider. The organization is part of a big nonprofit organization called the society for children at risk.

Yael runs a private clinic, she trains & mentors multi-disciplinary teams, and OT’s working with children with developmental delays and autism, sensory disorders, regulation disorders, Sensory affective regulation and senso-motor delays; both in private and public settings nationally and internationally.

Abstract

״The hidden meanings of repetitive behaviors” – a window into the child’s inner world through a multidisciplinary perspective.

When children exhibit repetitive behaviors or choose the same game over and over again, or appear aimless and restless, we (parents, educators and therapists) often respond with anxiety and frustration. Such behaviors may seem odd, bizarre, unrelated to the social situation and difficult for us to understand. Moreover, they frequently serve as a traumatic trigger, reminding us of the difficulties a child may be facing.

In this talk we will explore the repetitive behaviors from a functional-emotional point of view. We will address some of the questions related to underlying reasons and ways in which we can respond. We aim not only to mediate the anxiety and despair, but also raise our ability to gain deeper understanding into the child’s inner world.

Through video case presentations and related discussion, this talk will offer a glance into the intricate connections between repetitive behaviors and stress, individual differences & visual spatial processing. As well, we will demonstrate how deep and multifaceted attention to such behaviors can lead to increased capacities for parents and professionals to become curious, empathic and reflective of the child’s inner world and experience; And how such introspective view can lead to healing within the parent- child relationship.

Abstract:

When children exhibit repetitive behaviors, we often respond with anxiety and frustration. Such behaviors may seem odd, bizarre, unrelated to the social situation and difficult for us to understand. We will explore the repetitive behaviors from a functional-emotional point of view, i.e., their underlying reasons and functions and ways to respond not only to mediate the anxiety and despair, but to gain deeper understanding into the child’s inner world.  Through video case presentations and discussion, we will glance into the intricate connections between repetitive behaviors and stress, individual differences and visual spatial processing. We will also demonstrate how deep and multifaceted attention to such behaviors can increase capacities for parents and professionals to become curious, empathic and reflective of the child’s inner world and experience. This introspective view can lead to healing and hope within the parent- child relationship.

Objectives:

  1. Understand the connection between stress, individual differences, visual spatial capacities and repetitive behaviors
  2. Identify interventions for parents and professionals leading to increased insight and empathy into the possible reasons for children’s repetitive actions.
  3. Identify developmentally appropriate responses to repetitive behaviors that promote and emotional well-being and deep interpersonal connections.