Just two days before presenting his research on language and writing in autism at the 2013 ICare4Autism Conference, Argentinean professor and researcher, Daniel Orlievsky, visited Dr. Joshua Weinstein at his center-based school for children with autism, Shema Kolainu- Hear Our Voices. The meeting was accompanied by Dr. Orlievsky’s wife, Gili Rechany-Educational Director, and Suri Gruen-Program Director.
Dr. Orlievsky is a Child and Adolescent Psychologist and Director of the Rehabilitation Through Writing Project Program at the Infantile and Adolescent Psychiatric Hospital “Dra. Carolina Tobar García,” in Buenos Aires. His main area of research and expertise involves teaching written language to children with autism spectrum disorder, and other mental disabilities. Dr. Weinstein was very intrigued by this approach,
“We have many students at Shema Kolainu who are non-verbal. Dr. Orlievsky’s approach to teaching students written communication, even if they do not have verbal communication, seems to be effective. I enjoyed discussing with him the many approaches towards facilitating communication, and look forward to collaborating with him further to help our children.”
Dr. Orlievsky and his wife then took a tour of the facility, observing the lessons utilizing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) through double sided observations rooms. He was also introduced to the Snoezelen Room, a controlled multisensory room and the Daily Living Skills Center, which contains a mini supermarket, gym, kitchen, bedroom, and laundry center. Dr. Orlievsky was very enthusiastic about the state-of-the-art equipment and technology Shema Kolainu-Hear Our Voices utilizes. Educational Director of Shema Kolainu-Hear Our Voices, Gili Rechany, was very impressed by the work Dr. Orlievsky has produced thus far, and would be interested in utilizing his techniques with her students.
Dr. Weinstein was able to view some of Dr. Orlievsky’s case studies, and was very impressed by the work he has been conducting. The pre-conference visit as a whole was very successful, and both Dr. Weinstein and Dr. Orlievsky feel working together in the future can be very beneficial for children with autism worldwide.