Between 11 and 13 April, Polina Kukueva, a second year student of the Psychological and Pedagogical Education programme (Psychology for special needs and special needs education) of the Faculty of Philosophy and Psychology, took part in the training workshop "Autism diagnostics techniques and ADOS". The workshops were held as a part of the joint programme "Autism. Routes of Help" run by the Government of the Voronezh Region and the Vykhod Foundation. The speaker of the event was Alexandre Sorokin (Moscow), a leading researcher of the educational and scientific centre "Neurobiological diagnostics of child and adolescent inherited mental illnesses".
The workshop was held in the Voronezh regional rehabilitation centre for children and teenagers with disabilities, Parus Nadezhdy. Among the participants of the workshop were staff of Voronezh centres for mental health and Children’s Clinical Hospital No 1, teachers and psychologists of the rehabilitation centre Parus Nadezhdy, and others.
'After the workshop, many things I had learnt during the lectures became clearer. We took a closer look at one of the few standardized techniques of early autism diagnostics for children with no speech ADOS. It is a special set of toys and games. A specialist observes a child playing with them and uses a special schedule to record the data. We tried to use the obtained theoretical knowledge when treating the real patients of the rehabilitation centre Parus Nadezhdy. I found the problem of studying children with autism spectrum disorders highly interesting. I am planning to study it further in my future research papers," said the VSU student.