joana

I have a professional background as a Clinical Psychiatrist and researcher with a Postgraduate Certificate in Special Education Autism (Children) by the University of Birmingham, Uk. Since concluding my PhD, at the University of Porto, I have focused my research on the autism spectrum and I have published several papers in international scientific journals.

I am the mother of a 12 year old child on the autism spectrum and have been running a successful home-based program for the last 9 years. My son is now a happy, social boy who loves to make friends and enjoys activities with peers.

I believe that parents are the child’s best resource and that love, attitude and using the child’s motivations are key to invite connection and growth. Over the years, having support from other parents on the same journey has proved to be a remarkable resource.