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Friday, 24 December 2010 10:13

US trip October 2010

During the month of October 2010 I have presented seminars at four different places in the USA.

I started at my Alma Mater, Perkins School for the Blind, In Watertown, Mass. The second seminar took place in Jackson, Mississippi. This was followed by a two day seminar in Lubbock, Texas Tech and finally I was the guest speaker for DBmat, the Texas organization of parents of children with multiple disabilities.

I started my trip with a webcast at Perkins School for the Blind. The interviewer was well prepared for the session and addressed mainly the subjects I dealt with in my latest DVD on the Limbic system (see webshop: Let's talk Limbic).

The web cast can be viewed shortly at the special page at Perkins web site:

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Monday, 19 April 2010 11:40

Social Interaction

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Monday, 19 April 2010 11:37

Caregiver-child interaction

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Monday, 19 April 2010 08:51

The theory of Attachment

Over the years, my work has been increasingly influenced by the theory of attachment. This theory deals with how the principal caregiver develops a bond with his/her child. (A lot of research in this area is currently taking place.) There is clear scientific evidence that a person who has bonded with his principal caregiver(s), usually one or both parents, will profit from this basic feeling of security through his or her entire life.

Eye contact is very important in the bonding process.

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Monday, 19 April 2010 08:49

The Theory of Social Education

We can see how, from the beginning of life, the neonate is attracted to another human’s moving face. At 3 weeks-of-age, the baby monitors his mouth movements according to a model (see photo below).

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Wednesday, 07 April 2010 09:43

Parent Training

After Children’s House staff had been successfully trained, the project continued. A training course was designed for parents who had a child with problem behaviours at home. These behaviours were:

  • noncompliance
  • obsessive behaviour (such as wanting to have a bath during the day)
  • self abusive behaviour
  • aggression (such as frequently hitting a little sister)
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Wednesday, 07 April 2010 08:53

Challenging Behaviours

The Dutch Ministry of Education was approached by the Director of Children’s House in Sergiev Posad, the Russian Federation, who requested assistance with the behaviour problems of some of their students. I was invited to Children’s House as a consultant, to teach staff how to address problem behaviours. I visited Children’s House regularly from 2000 to 2008.

Intervention strategies designed to extinguish students’ inappropriate behaviours were developed with my Russian colleagues (Part A of the Project). Staff training and treatment of the children continued for six years. In the Project’s two final years, the strategies developed during Part A were adapted for parent training (Part B of the Project).

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Monday, 05 April 2010 12:57

Visit US March 2010

1Flag USAFrom March 1 until March 13,2010  I travelled along the East coast of the US to demonstrate my assessment techniques. I had been invited by the deaf blind projects of the States of New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland to carry out a functional assessment with a number of their deafblind students and to discuss with their principal caregivers how the outcome of the assessment contribute to formulating (new) educational goals.

To carry out life assessment with children you are rather unfamiliar with is an exciting experience for the child, the assessor and the people watching. I must say that all the children whom I have assessed during this tour responded extremely positive to my approach. I always observe and interact with the children in a familiar environment of their classroom and in close cooperation of their teachers.

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