Workshops

 

The annual WTAS is framed by workshops that cover different topics of autism research, but also more applied topics.

WGAS Autismus - Unsere Ziele

The workshops are booked separately from the conference. Participation in the WTAS is mandatory in order to register for the workshops. Please note that changes to the workshop program are possible at short notice. Continuing education points are awarded for the workshops, which we have certified by the Baden-Württemberg Medical Association. 

Please bring your “Uniform Training Number” (EFN) with you to the conference so that we can check your status. The continuing education credits are also recognized by the Chamber of Psychotherapists. 

„So laut ich konnte dachte ich, dass ich sie liebte“ – Emotionserleben und Training emotionaler Kompetenz bei Menschen im Autismus-Spektrum” (Online-Workshop)

Michaela Hartl

Emotions significantly shape our lives. Every action, every decision, every thought is under the influence of emotional effectiveness. Being able to deal with them competently is a prerequisite for: an active life in various social structures, efficient learning, making meaningful decisions and for fruitful social action.

“Emotional competence” is acquired through perceptual and cognitive learning and processing processes in childhood and means perception, attribution, interpretation, expression, and control, both of one’s own and of interindividual emotional states.

In fact, the life worlds of people on the autism spectrum are as influenced by emotions as is the case for all people. However, sensory hyposensitivities complicate the perception of one’s own emotional events and neural specifics in the brain regions responsible for emotion processing and regulation. These inhibit the necessary learning and development processes. The resulting lack of basic facilities impairs the development, maintenance and adequate use of emotional competence.

Through targeted training, which is methodically oriented to these specifics and is applied in an individually resource-focused manner, an effective improvement can be achieved.

In this workshop, the current state of research on the emotional development of autistic people will first be highlighted. Subsequently, methods for the application of effective emotional competence training will be presented. Practical examples will be supported by video material and space will be given for the joint development of support approaches for case studies.

Michaela Hartl (vm. Sommerauer) is an accad. pedagogue as well as special and remedial educator, autism trainer and consultant, ADHD trainer for adults and children and expert in animal-assisted therapy with dogs. She runs the coaching and counseling facility 8ung.net and is deputy chairwoman of the association Team ADHS and the Curative Education Society Vienna. Her research interests focus on the emotional life of people on the autism spectrum. A research project at the University of Vienna served as the basis for the emotion competence training “AspEKT”, which she developed. In 30 years of work in institutions as well as in independent practice, her main focus in the field of autism spectrum is the promotion of body awareness, ego consciousness as well as emotional and social competence. Consulting and training for professionals, affected persons and parents, as well as international teaching and lecturing complement her work.

Schematherapie bei Jugendlichen und Erwachsenen mit ASS (Online-Workshop)

Dipl.-Psych. Claus Lechmann

In previous approaches to the therapy and support of people with autism spectrum disorder, basic psychological needs and individual ways of coping play no or a subordinate role. The application of schema therapy in this area is relatively new, but already seems to be a necessary addition and extension to the usual practice.

In this seminar, typical schemas in people with autistic disorder will be identified and a disorder-specific mode concept will be developed. Typical hurdles in the application with people with an autistic disorder will be described, classified and solutions will be recorded.

Methods: Lecture, presentation, video demonstrations, discussion of own cases if necessary.

Claus Lechmann is a graduate psychologist, PP, KJP. 10 years of clinical work in various psychiatric clinics. Since 1995 head of the Autism Therapy Center (ATZ) in Cologne, since 1997 lecturer, supervisor, self-experience instructor at various training institutes, head of a VT teaching practice. Member of the steering group of the AWMF-S3-guidelines for diagnosis and therapy of autism spectrum disorders. Since 2005 schema therapy training, 2014 ISST certification, co-editor & author of book chapters and an educational video on “Schema Therapy with Children and Adolescents”.

ASS: Diagnostik und Differrentialdiagnostik im Kindes- und Jugendalter

Prof. Dr. Michele Noterdaeme

Autistic disorders are among the most serious developmental disorders in children and have a significant impact on the overall development of the child and its family. Early and reliable detection and treatment of this disorder is therefore particularly important.

In the workshop, an overview of the development of the ASS concept will be given. The definition, the appearance depending on the child’s age and the current classification of autistic disorders are presented. The main comorbidities and additional symptoms, as well as the differential diagnostic differentiation from other developmental disorders are discussed. The cycle of the diagnostic process (detection, screening, diagnostics) and its importance for the further development of the child is also discussed.

Michele Noterdaeme is a specialist in child and adolescent psychiatry and psychotherapy, additional qualification in psychotherapy. She studied medicine in Ghent (Belgium) and completed her specialist training in child and adolescent psychiatry at the Max Planck Institute for Psychiatry, at the University Clinic in Dr. from Hauner Children’s Hospital and at the Heckscher Clinic in Munich. In 2003 she habilitated at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität with a research focus on neuropsychological deficits in autism spectrum disorders. From 2009 to December 2021 she was chief physician at the clinic for child and adolescent psychiatry and psychotherapy at the Josefinum in Augsburg and is chair of the board of directors of the Autism Spectrum Scientific Society. She has published numerous scientific articles in journals and books and has many years of clinical experience in the field of autism spectrum disorders. She also led various scientific projects on the detection and treatment of autism spectrum disorders.

Freiburger Elterntraining für Autismus-Spektrum-Störungen: FETASS

Dipl.-Psych. Bettina Brehm & Dr. phil. Judith Schill

Parent training has been shown to be effective and beneficial for several neurodevelopmental and mental development disorders, including autism spectrum disorders. In recent years, a number of German-language autism-specific manuals on parent training have been created in the field of autism spectrum disorders.

This workshop provides an introduction to the “Freiburg Parent Training for Autism Spectrum Disorders” (Brehm, Schill, Biscaldi & Fleischhaker, 2015). The training is aimed at parents of children with high-functioning ASD between the ages of 5 and 12. It includes a manualised, structured group program for parents with the aim of improving the parents’ parenting skills and providing helpful strategies for coping with everyday life with the affected child. In the workshop, the eight sessions of parent training will be presented in a practical manner using the available materials (manual, workbook for parents, slides for conducting the sessions).

The workshop is primarily aimed at professionals who work in advising parents and who would like to carry out specific parent group training.

Bettina Brehm is a qualified psychologist and psychological psychotherapist and has been working at the Clinic for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics in Children and Adolescents at the University Hospital in Freiburg since 2003. After several years in the day-care area, she now works in the psychiatric outpatient clinic with a focus on ASD (diagnostics, treatment, counseling, supervision). Together with Judith Schill, she developed the FETASS parent training course and conducts it regularly.

Judith Schill is a qualified psychologist and child and adolescent psychotherapist. She initially did her doctorate at the Institute of Psychology at the University of Freiburg and has been working at the Clinic for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics in Children and Adolescents at the University Hospital in Freiburg since 2005. After several years in the inpatient area, she now works in the psychiatric outpatient clinic with a focus on ASD (diagnostics, treatment, counseling, supervision). Together with Bettina Brehm, she developed the FETASS parent training course and conducts it regularly

Autismus-Spektrum-Störungen im Erwachsenenalter und Borderline-Persönlichkeitsstörungen

Dr. Swantje Matthies, Dr. med. Ismene Ditrich & Dr. phil. Martina Schlatterer

Borderline personality disorders (BPD) are not among the comorbidities and differential diagnoses that are primarily associated with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The diagnostics and therapy of both disorders show that there are symptomatic overlaps and that both disorders occur as comorbidities with a relevant frequency. Especially in women, the question often arises as to whether BPD, ASD or both diagnoses are present. Scientifically, the topic of “ASD and BPS” has not yet been fully explored. Recommendations for the treatment of comorbid ASD + BPD are so far only based on clinical experience in individual cases.

In this workshop, differential diagnostic aspects will first be discussed. In addition, additional therapeutic content is presented in addition to classic CBT for autism spectrum disorders. Experiences with inpatients on the special ward for borderline personality disorders with comorbid or differential diagnosis of ASD and with patients on the special ward for ASD with comorbid or differential diagnosis with BPD are included. Using case vignettes, the workshop participants can be interactively involved in the development of differential diagnostics and treatment planning and are invited to exchange and discuss experiences.

Swantje Matthies is a senior physician at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at Freiburg University Hospital. She heads the ward focusing on the treatment of borderline disorders according to the DBT concept and the special consultation hour ADHD. She has many years of clinical-psychotherapeutic and scientific experience in the field of developmental disorders and emotional instability.

Ismene Ditrich works as a senior physician in the Psychiatric Outpatient Clinic of the University Hospital Freiburg. She is the medical director of the special consultation hour for autism spectrum disorders in adults. In 2013, she completed her doctorate on the topic of language pragmatics in adults with Asperger syndrome.

Martina Schlatterer studied psychology at the University of Constance, 2003 diploma in psychology, 2009 license to practice as a psychological psychotherapist with a focus on behavioral therapy, inpatient psychotherapeutic activities in various clinics, 2013 doctorate in the field of motivational psychology, since 2013 employed at the Psychiatric University Hospital Freiburg as a ward psychologist on the ward for psychotic disorders and autism spectrum disorders.

Bei Autismus ist alles anders? Behandlung von Komorbiditäten bei Kindern und Jugendlichen mit Autismus-Spektrum-Störung

Dr. med. Thomas Stehr & Dr. rer. nat. Anika Langmann

Up to 80% of people with autism have at least one comorbid psychiatric and/or somatic disorder or illness. This makes the need for treatment the rule rather than the exception. Concomitant disorders can have a compounding effect on core symptomatology without adequate treatment. Adequate treatment, on the other hand, has a significant impact on the quality of life, prognosis, and level of functioning of individuals with autism. This workshop will introduce the most common comorbid disorders and focus on the therapeutic features of treating children and adolescents with autism. The focus is on evidence-based medication and psychosocial treatment options in various settings. Case studies including individual disorder concepts will be used to demonstrate appropriate interventions and discussed together with the participants.

Thomas Stehr is a specialist in child and adolescent psychiatry and psychotherapy as well as in child and adolescent medicine. Since 2014, he has been a staff member at the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy at Marburg University Hospital. As a senior physician, he heads the clinic’s institute outpatient clinic and is deputy head of the special outpatient clinic for autism spectrum disorders. In addition to differential diagnostics, the focus of his work is the long-term support of children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders.

Anika Langmann is a psychologist and child and adolescent psychotherapist (VT). She has been working in the research group of Prof. Dr. Inge Kamp Becker in Marburg for 8 years, where she conducts research on diagnostics and therapy of autism spectrum disorders. Her special focus is on early intervention for young children with autism. In her psychotherapeutic practice, she treats children and adolescents of all ages with various mental disorders. 

Bewegungstherapie mit autistischen Kindern und Jugendlichen – ein Balanceakt

Dipl.-Heilpädagogin Roswitha Nass & Dr. Till Thimme

In the specialist literature, there is an increasing interest in the subject of “movement and autism”. There is now a growing number of findings and specific approaches and concepts. However, in practical movement-related work with autistic children and adolescents, pedagogues and therapists are still confronted with a number of challenges. These relate, for example, to the design of the framework conditions or the choice of suitable methods and aids appropriate to the situation. In this workshop, possible “stumbling blocks” and typical challenges in sports and exercise activities with autistic children and adolescents are shown.

Roswitha Nass has been working as a systemic therapist for 30 years. In the context of child and youth welfare and in the clinical setting, she specialized in the treatment of autistic children and adolescents as well as advising parents and reference systems. She is currently working in the special outpatient clinic for autism spectrum disorders at the Clinic for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Bonn with a focus on diagnostics, treatment and psychoeducation as well as counseling. Furthermore, she has many years of freelance work in the field of further education and supervision.

Till Thimme is both a sports scientist and a psychoanalytic-systemic therapist. For 12 years he has been working full-time in clinical inpatient child and adolescent psychiatry in the field of sports and exercise therapy. In addition, he has been working as a freelancer in the field of further education, teaching and research for many years.

ADOS-Refresher

Prof. Dr. Inge Kamp-Becker & Dr. med. Mardjan Ghahreman

Many mental, behavioral, or developmental disorders are associated with symptoms that resemble those of autism spectrum disorders and/or raise a suspected diagnosis of autism. In many cases, the correct and valid diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders poses a challenge for the examiner. The standardized observation scale (ADOS-2) is an important part of the diagnosis, but requires training and extensive experience on the part of the examiner in its implementation and Coding with regard to the entire spectrum of autistic disorders and all relevant differential diagnoses. Regular supervision and “calibration” of the coding are key to ensure the reliability of the assessment. This workshop does not represent ADOS training, but is intended to give participants who have already undergone training the opportunity to clarify questions or cases or clear up ambiguities with regard to the use of ADOS/-2. Prerequisite for participation is an already completed certification to carry out the ADOS or ADOS-2.

Inge Kamp-Becker is a senior psychologist at the Clinic for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy, University Hospital at the Medical Faculty of the Philipps University of Marburg. She is a certified ADOS/-2 trainer and has been dealing with the topic of autism spectrum disorders for over 20 years, both from a scientific and clinical point of view. She heads the clinic’s special outpatient department for autism spectrum disorders and coordinates several multi-centre research projects. Her working group deals with clinically relevant research questions aimed at the early, valid identification and treatment of autism. She is a certified ADOS trainer and deals in particular with diagnostic, differential diagnostic and therapeutic aspects of the autism disorder.

Mardjan Ghahreman is senior physician at the Clinic for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, Sacred Heart of Jesus Hospital in Fula. She is a specialist in child and adolescent psychiatry and psychotherapy and a certified ADOS trainer. She has been working closely with Prof. Kamp-Becker for many years and conducts ADOS/-2 training sessions together with her.

Frauen und Mädchen im Autismusspektrum

Silke Lipinski & Dr. Ulrike Sünkel

Autism has many manifestations. Today we know that, in addition to individual differences, there are also clear differences between autistic women and men. Even if these are often overlooked – the gender-specific differences have remarkable effects on diagnostics, lifestyle and support and therapy options.

Girls and women with autism have specific characteristics that affect their experience and also encounter different difficulties throughout life than boys and men with autism. In order to be able to optimally support women and girls with autism in finding their own way, they need an individual approach in therapy as well as help and support specially tailored to them.

In the workshop, two women who have been diagnosed with autism themselves will use examples from their own lives and the lives of other affected girls and women to present typical female characteristics, experiences and challenges in different phases of life.

Women with autism seek therapy with different problems than men do. A number of therapeutic framework conditions are also more relevant for women than for men. In this regard, new findings from a separate study are also presented. The workshop should help to create the best possible conditions for the success of a therapy. In addition to the personal presentation of experiences with gender-specific concerns by the workshop leaders, supplemented by the discussion of the therapy-relevant needs, the workshop will offer space for questions and discussion of autism-associated problems in girls and women.

Silke Lipinski is a doctoral candidate in the ‘Social Cognition’ group of Prof. Isabel Dziobek, at the School of Mind and Brain, Humboldt University in Berlin and has Asperger’s autism. She was diagnosed with Asperger’s at the age of 33. After completing her studies in linguistics and German at the University of Leipzig and the University of Arizona (USA), she worked in teaching in the area of ​​first, second and foreign language acquisition as well as at the Language Institute in the field of validation of language tests at the University of Leipzig. She is currently working on a dissertation on the subject of providing adult autistic people with outpatient psychotherapy. She is an active member of the Berlin Autism Research Cooperation (AFK) and Aspies e. V. and organizes presentations and training seminars for specialists.

Ulrike Sünkel ist Ärztin und Asperger-Autistin. Nach dem Medizinstudium an der Universität Tübingen und einer Tätigkeit in einer kinder- und jugendpsychiatrischen Klinik arbeitet sie aktuell als wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin in der Neurologie am Uniklinikum Tübingen. Außerdem engagiert sie sich seit 2009 beim Verein Autismus verstehen e.V. (Raum Reutlingen/Tübingen), wirkt als Dozentin bei Fortbildungen des Vereins mit und gründete 2010 in Tübingen eine Selbsthilfegruppe für Erwachsene im Autismus-Spektrum. Seit 2011 ist sie Mitglied bei Aspies e.V. und vertritt seit 2013 den Verein in der Leitliniengruppe „Autismus-Spektrum-Störungen“. In der Autismus-Forschungs-Kooperation (Berlin) forscht sie zusammen mit anderen autistischen Menschen und Wissenschaftlern an Themen, die autistischen Menschen wichtig sind.

FASTER-Gruppentherapie in der Praxis

Dr. Thomas Fangmeier & Manon Mannherz

The Freiburg Autism-Specific Therapy for Adults (FASTER) was introduced in 2008 and revised and expanded in 2017. After years of positive experience, 16 of the units previously developed for outpatient groups are currently being evaluated as part of the multi-centre FASTER/SCOTT study funded by the DFG.

FASTER is a manualized group therapy program aimed at adults on the autism spectrum who have mild or no functional language impairment and no intellectual development disorder.

In order to work successfully with autistic people in a group setting, other factors are crucial in addition to a good concept. The framework conditions, how the therapy team personally stands on the phenomenon of autism, how it communicates about it and addresses the participants. Much of what is appropriate for neurotypical and indication-specific groups is not appropriate for autism and leaves the adaptation to the participants, which will inevitably reduce the success of the therapy.

The workshop presents our current way of working and our experiences from more than 20 FASTER groups so far. We explain the structure of the program and the sessions and present individual interventions to try out.

Thomas Fangmeier has been working at the University Hospital Freiburg, Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, since 2007. In the Asperger study group, he is involved in the coordination of the Asperger’s consultation hours and in the development of the group therapy FASER for people with Asperger’s syndrome or high-functioning autism. Since 2008 he has been involved as a therapist in the FASTER group therapy.

Manon Mannherz has been working in the research group on autism research at the University Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy in Freiburg since 2017. Since then he has been involved in the further development of the FASTER program and is currently part of the study team for the multi-centre FASTER-SCOTT study. She studied mathematics in Freiburg and Bonn and has 16 years of professional experience as an IT project manager and information manager in team and management roles in Germany and Switzerland. Since 2008, she has been running her own practice for psychotherapy and coaching, which specializes in working with adult autistic and AD(H)s. She was diagnosed with ASD at the age of 50 and is the mother of two autistic children.

Die Bedeutung der sozio-emotionalen Entwicklung in der Unterstützung und Förderung von Menschen aus dem Autismus-Spektrum

Prof. Dr. med. Tanja Sappok & Dr. phil. Thomas Bergmann

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are neurodevelopmental disorders associated with delayed or incomplete development of cognitive and socio-emotional skills. In addition to the autism-specific symptoms, people with ASD can also develop other skills, e.g. B. be affected in the area of ​​social cognition, which can lead to discrepancies between the different areas of development. These developmental delays and discrepancies can cause behavioral problems and even psychological disorders. In addition to autism-specific treatment, the survey of the socio-emotional development profile can contribute to holistic therapy and support planning.

This workshop introduces the concept of socio-emotional development and conveys the neuroanatomical and developmental-psychological foundations of the ability to mentalize and socio-emotional competencies. In particular, the typically developmentally delayed areas in people with ASD are illuminated. Using the Emotional Development Scale – Diagnostics (SEED), the assessment of the level of development in people with an intellectual development disorder is demonstrated. Challenges and peculiarities when using the scale with this group of people are discussed. With the help of case studies, assistance, support and treatment concepts are developed with the participants. Examples from the therapeutic and pedagogical practice of the participants are welcome,

The workshop conveys how independence and social participation can be promoted, additional mental illnesses can be prevented and the quality of life can be improved through individual assistance planning tailored to the development profile.

Tanja Sappok will be chief physician at the University Clinic for Inclusive Medicine from 2023 and will teach at Bielefeld University. Scientifically, she deals with topics related to the mental health of people with intellectual disabilities. Through her involvement in various national and international professional societies, publications, lectures and teaching activities and her medical work, she is committed to improving the mental health of people with developmental disorders.  

Thomas Bergmann is a qualified music therapist, training therapist (DMtG) and supervisor in his own practice. He is the therapeutic director at the Berlin Treatment Center for Mental Health in Developmental Disorders. Work and research focuses on affect regulation and socio-emotional development in people on the autism spectrum. His central concern is the expansion of diagnostic possibilities in the adult area (MUSAD) and the development of specific therapy and support concepts, such as the experience-based group training AutCom).

Individualisierte Auswahl und Anwendbarkeit evidenz-basierter ASS-Förder-, und Therapiemethoden für den Kinder-, und Jugendbereich

Dr. Janina Kitzerow-Cleven & Dr. Ziyon Kim

There are now many approaches to support people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), but the supply situation is still inadequate. Many therapists feel insecure with regard to the complexity of the spectrum of symptoms and the unmanageable mass of intervention options. In the guidelines on therapies for ASD (AMWF, 2021), recommendations were made for the German context based on the international study situation and the consensus of various interdisciplinary specialist societies. These recommendations are divided according to the characteristics of the individual (age, language level, cognitive development and comorbidities) and can be understood in terms of a modular principle. Accordingly, numerous evidence-based methodical and ASS-relevant content modules are described, which should be used variably and according to individual needs, in a targeted manner. These guidelines form a fundamental step towards implementing effective ASD-specific interventions and further expanding services for people with ASD. Current challenges for a successful implementation of these recommendations lie in the practicable transfer of this knowledge about evidence-based methods and relevant therapy components. Those treating the patient need orientation that can be applied in a very practical way in order to enable a structured implementation in the context of care across the board. This workshop aims to provide a practical overview of the recommendations from early childhood, until late adolescence. Accordingly, 1) Very general framework conditions 2) Basic methodological components and, based on this, 3) Content-related autism-specific goals and their concrete implementation are dealt with. Through a large number of case studies and videos, we will work together to find out how the individualized use of basic methods can be used to effectively plan funding goals and appropriate therapy content in everyday practice, and which materials are helpful. The workshop will offer space for an active exchange and discussions on the content conveyed and is primarily aimed at colleagues working in the field. Accordingly, 1) Very general framework conditions 2) Basic methodological components and, based on this, 3) Content-related autism-specific goals and their concrete implementation are dealt with. Through a large number of case studies and videos, we will work together to find out how the individualized use of basic methods can be used to effectively plan funding goals and appropriate therapy content in everyday practice, and which materials are helpful. The workshop will offer space for an active exchange and discussions on the content conveyed and is primarily aimed at colleagues working in the field. Accordingly, 1) Very general framework conditions 2) Basic methodological components and, based on this, 3) Content-related autism-specific goals and their concrete implementation are dealt with. Through a large number of case studies and videos, we will work together to find out how the individualized use of basic methods can be used to effectively plan funding goals and appropriate therapy content in everyday practice, and which materials are helpful. The workshop will offer space for an active exchange and discussions on the content conveyed and is primarily aimed at colleagues working in the field. how the individualized use of basic methods, effective planning of support goals and corresponding therapy content can be effectively implemented in everyday practice and which materials are helpful. The workshop will offer space for an active exchange and discussions on the content conveyed and is primarily aimed at colleagues working in the field. how the individualized use of basic methods, effective planning of support goals and corresponding therapy content can be effectively implemented in everyday practice and which materials are helpful. The workshop will offer space for an active exchange and discussions on the content conveyed and is primarily aimed at colleagues working in the field.

Janina Kitzerow-Cleven works as a research assistant in one of the largest international early intervention studies (A-FFIP) in the autism therapy and research center of the University Hospital Frankfurt and works clinically in the special outpatient clinic for autism and developmental disorders of the Josefinum of the KJF in Augsburg. Since 2007 she has been supporting families and their children with ASD with a wide variety of support approaches. Her research interest lies in the evaluation of autism-specific (early) interventions and the implementation of effective support and therapy in the German healthcare context.

Ziyon Kim works as a research associate and therapist at the Autism Therapy and Research Center at the University Hospital in Frankfurt am Main. In addition to the therapeutic work with children and adolescents with autism and their families, she leads the DFG-funded A-FFIP study as a project manager. She studied psychology in Seoul, Korea and did her doctorate in developmental psychology in Frankfurt on imitation in young children. Her main interest lies in the early childhood pre-skills that are particularly important in the context of autism.

Das Kleinkind-Modul des ADOS 2

Prof. Dr. med. Luise Poustka

In the past decade, much research has focused on the early course and optimization of early detection of autism spectrum disorders. The course of the disorder is highly variable and complex, especially at a very young age, which makes correct diagnosis all the more difficult. Due to the insufficient specificity of Module 1 of the ADOS for children with a developmental age of less than 16 months, a toddler module was developed as part of the new ADOS 2. The module is intended for very young children whose expressive language meets the requirements of module 1 (ie they do not use sentences consistently) but who are between 12 and 30 months old. For children in this age range, the toddler module of the ADOS 2 has now been established as a reliable clinical instrument for assessing the need for further action in the case of autistic symptoms. With a little practice and sufficient clinical experience with young autistic children, the toddler module can be safely used in the same way as the other 4 modules. This workshop does not represent ADOS training, but is intended to familiarize you with the special features of the module in the implementation and the age group to be examined for use in clinical practice and research. The workshop is therefore aimed at both clinicians and scientists who already have some experience with ADOS or ADOS 2. With a little practice and sufficient clinical experience with young autistic children, the toddler module can be safely used in the same way as the other 4 modules. This workshop does not represent ADOS training, but is intended to familiarize you with the special features of the module in the implementation and the age group to be examined for use in clinical practice and research. The workshop is therefore aimed at both clinicians and scientists who already have some experience with ADOS or ADOS 2. With a little practice and sufficient clinical experience with young autistic children, the toddler module can be safely used in the same way as the other 4 modules. This workshop does not represent ADOS training, but is intended to familiarize you with the special features of the module in the implementation and the age group to be examined for use in clinical practice and research. The workshop is therefore aimed at both clinicians and scientists who already have some experience with ADOS or ADOS 2. 

Luise Poustka

is Medical Director of the Clinic for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the University Medical Center Göttingen. Her scientific focus is on the research and treatment of autism spectrum disorders, in particular early detection from infancy in high-risk children as well as pharmacological and behavioral therapy combination therapies for ASD. She is a member of the first German research network on autism spectrum disorders and heads the largest German study to date on the combination therapy of oxytocin and behavior therapy. She is a trained behavioral therapist and supervisor, member of the steering group of the German S3 guidelines for autism spectrum disorders.

Beziehungsgestaltung und Zielsetzung in der Psychotherapie Erwachsener aus dem Autismusspektrum

PD Dr. med. Dr. phil. Andreas Riedel & Dr. phil. et lic. phil. Salvatore Corbisiero

In “neurotypical psychotherapy” there has long been a broad consensus that one of the central effective factors of psychotherapy is the therapeutic relationship. Surprisingly, this seems to be a little hidden in the ASS area. It almost seems as if the therapeutic relationship is “not that important” in the treatment of adults with ASD. This “neglect” of the therapeutic relationship in the treatment of adults with ASD may arise from the cliché that autistic people went through the world without attachments and relationships and also did not need any attachments. Of course that’s not true. While many adults with ASD have difficulty forming good relationships, this is not because of a lack of attachment skills, but rather because of the many misunderstandings and disharmony with the neurotypical environment. A correction of the implicit assumption that the therapeutic relationship is irrelevant is of great importance here, which is why the workshop is devoted in detail to the topic of relationship formation. This goes hand in hand with the question of meaningful therapy goals shared by therapist and client, which can vary greatly from person to person. The workshop will also focus on this topic.

Andreas Riedel has been part of a senior doctor tandem at Lucerne Psychiatry since 2020 and heads the autism department there, among other things. From 2009 to 2020 he was head of the special consultation hours for autism spectrum disorders in adults and senior physician at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the University Hospital Freiburg. He studied philosophy and medicine in Freiburg im Breisgau, Kathmandu and London. Psychotherapeutically he was trained in depth psychology.

Salvatore Corbisiero has been head of the Lucerne Psychiatry Day Clinic in Lucerne since 2019. From 2011 to 2018 he worked at the University Psychiatric Clinics in Basel and was most recently in charge of the special consultation hours for ADHD and autism spectrum disorders in adults. He is a trainer, supervisor and psychotherapist in cognitive behavioral and schema therapy as well as a certified DBT therapist. He is also the author of various scientific articles. He studied Romance languages ​​and psychology in Zurich, Paris and Basel.

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