Autism Conference Address: Bridging the Gap Between Families and Therapists

Autism Conference - Bridging the GapAutism Conference Address: Bridging the Gap Between Families and Therapists: One of the most challenging, sensitive and complex treatment modes when working with children on the autistic spectrum is the home intervention program. This is a behavioral approach which actually takes place in the home of the child with special needs (this program is also known as: “ABA Home-Based Program Approach”). 

The daily encounters and friction between the staff of therapists and the families of children with special needs (and sometimes also with the extended family) are often obscured within the obligations of rather complicated professional and mental challenges.

The family of the special needs child – who face a tremendous financial burden on top of the emotional burden they already bear – loses its privacy; they find themselves exposed, against their will, to the team of therapists. Often there are sensitive situations which cannot be hidden, and sometimes the family encounters open or latent criticism. The therapists also find themselves privy to the difficult emotional situation of the family members; crises in the relationships between the child’s parents; and complicated ethical problems: all of which while they are supposed to be providing professional and appropriate treatment for the child with whom they are working.

Inbar Konforti will be speaking about bridging the gap between families and therapists in home-based ABA at the upcoming ICare4Autism International Autism Conference in Israel.

The presentation will cover how parents and family members should be supported and involved in the treatment process, the difficulties experienced by the parents of children with special needs during such complex treatment and the difficulties experienced by the therapists.  She will also discuss how to optimize the effectiveness in applying such a home involvement program.

Inbar Konforti is the founder and Director of the Refael Center ( – the National Guidance Center to Train Behavioral Therapists ABA; Certified Behavior Analyst BCABA, with 12 years’ experience working with children suffering from autism and delayed development. She is a graduate of the University of Tel Aviv for certification studies in Applied Behavioral Analysis. BA (Honors) in Special Education from Bar Ilan University. Inbar Konforti is a lecturer on ABA at various locations in Israel, instructor of the Home-Based Program, and programs designed to integrate children suffering from autism and delayed development into schools and kindergartens.

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