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 "It is vital to unite our efforts and work together 

– parents

– professionals

– autistic individuals “ 

Olga Bogdashina


Prof. Olga Bogdashina, Ph.D. (linguistics), MSc (Psychology), MA (Teaching methods) MA Ed (Autism), Honorary Professor, Honorary Doctor, KSPU, Co-founder of the International Autism Institute, and Programme Leader (Autism courses), Visiting Professor in Autism Studies, co-founder of the International Autism Institute, author of 9 books that reflect her specific interests in autism research: sensory perceptual issues in autism; language and communication in autism; autism and spirituality.

Having founded the first day centre for autistic children in Gorlovka,  Ukraine over 30 years ago, she has ‘lived and breathed autism' since then. However, before 1988 - she knew absolutely nothing about autism or just how much it would mean to her and change her life. 

Topics of Expertise


Understanding more than what we see...

Different sensory experiences lead to different perceptions of the world


Do we speak the same language?

Understanding more about communication issues in autism.


Autism &


What role does psyche and spirit play in people on the Autism spectrum?


Do we lack theory of "autistic mind"?

The difficulty with the one-sidedness view of this theory

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Challenging concepts of reality

Understanding experiences of autism within the wider scope of human perception


Becoming a Professional Parent

Books & articles for parents and carers of children with autism

Olga Bogdashina, International Autism Institute

"Whatever autism is, it's never boring"


Latest Updates

Flower Blossoms

Online Presentation: Autism & Spirituality
Grosseto, Italy

3rd April, 2024

Presentation on ‘Autism and Spirituality’ during a video conference in Grosseto, Italy.

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Online Presentation:

21st - 22nd October 2023

I will be giving an online presentation about sensory challenges and advantages in the workplace for autistic adults.

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Online Presentation:
Salon de l'Autisme, France

16 September 2023

I will be giving an online presentation about becoming a professional parent and understanding the sensory needs of autistic children

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Online Presentation:
West Sussex Educational Psychology Service

14 June 2023

A local authority educational psychology service working across a range of maintained and academy schools, colleges and nurseries. Providing training and support to staff in all educational settings and consultation support for parents. 

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New Article - A Brief Introduction to Sensory Processing Difficulties: Tips for Parents & Professionals

May 2023

Published in AUTISM ADVOCATE Parenting Magazine, May 2023. 
Read it here. 

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Disability Office for the Italian Bishops Conference - World Autism Awareness Day

2 April 2023

I will give a talk about Autism and Spirituality. See the full programme here (in Italian).

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New Article - Sensory Perceptual Differences in Autism 

February 2023

Published in AUTISM ADVOCATE Parenting Magazine, Feb 2023. 
Read it here 

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Becoming a professional parent (French edition)

January 2023

My book: Becoming a Professional Parent - Exploring the Sensory World of Autism has now been translated into French and is available to buy here

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2nd book in the series: Becoming A Professional Parent

Coming Soon!

The second in the series of: Becoming A Professional Parent (2) Learning How to Speak Autistic will be out to purchase soon!


Revised Edition of Communication Issues out now

July 2022

The 2nd newly revised edition: Communication Issues in Autism & Asperger Syndrome is out now.

For options to buy, click here

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