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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

Olga Bogdashina, International Autism Institute

"Whatever autism is, it's never boring"


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Coming Soon!

The first series of my book: Becoming a professional parent, Exploring the Sensory World will soon be published by Life & Learn (e-book and paperback).

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14 October 2021

Becoming a professional parent published in Hungarian. Click here for more information.

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4 September 2021

Celebrating Mothers (Webinar)

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