Autism Movie Festival


Join us for an evening of movies and stimulating discussions about autism. Awareness of autism has reached the movie industry and over the past years several excellent movies have been released that depict different aspects of life with autism. From romance to family crisis, we will present four movies in the two movie theaters at BGU:

Keep the change (2017) - IMDB page

The flood (2010) - IMDB page

Life, animated (2016) - IMDB page

Snow Cake (2006) - IMDB page

We will be joined by esteemed guests who will lead discussion before and after the movie presentations:

Prof. Rivka Carmi, President of BGU

Parliament Member Stav Shafir 

Mayor of Beer Sheva, Mr. Rubik Danialovich

Deputy mayor of Beer Sheva, Dr. Heftzi Zohar

Prof. Ilan Dinstein, Director of the Negev Autism Center

Mrs. Adi Rodriguez Barnea, Founding partner of "Friends in the Negev"

Admission is free, but registration is required here

The Principles of the DIR Model


"The Principles of the DIR Model" seminar is organized and conducted by 'DIR Israel' in collaboration with Soroka Medical Center. The seminar's goal is providing basic theoretical knowledge about the model, its components and the types of interventions it includes. This seminar is designated for clinical staff, educators, counselors, parents and family members of children and adolescents with special needs who are interested in learning about this model and its principles.  

The Model:


The Developmental, Individual-differences and Relationship-based (DIR) model is a framework for conducting comprehensive assessments and developing intervention programs for children with special needs. This model incorporates knowledge from different developmental disciplines and offers a comprehensive-developmental-emotional approach. The main purpose of working by this model is constructing an extensive foundation of social-emotional-cognitive skills that in turn will lead to development, learning and adaptation. At the basis of this model's approach stands the need in identifying each child's strengths and challenges in the different developmental domains. Identifying the child's interests and considering his unique characteristics and his significant relationships, are essential variables in designing the therapeutic intervention program.

Southern Autism Conference


Organized by 'Talking Autism' in collaboration with Ben-Gurion University and Soroka Medical Center. The conference was dedicated to current conversation topics, research, and therapy and was designated for clinical and academic staff, caregivers and students.




Leah-Racheli Yaakov, Occupational Therapist, Head of 'Talking Autism' and         'Aiming High' Associations.


- Dr. Gal Meiri, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Head of the Soroka Medical         Center Preschool Psychiatry Unit, Ben-Gurion University Medical School.


- Dr. Ilan Dinstein, Senior Lecturer, Psychology and the Cognitive and Brain         Sciences Departments, Ben-Gurion University.


- Dr. Haggith Gor Ziv, Senior Lecturer, Tel Aviv University and Kibbutzim             College.


- Miri Eshkar-Bitton, Family Consultant and Parent Group Facilitator, Mother of     an Autistic Child.


- Abigail Dar, Medical Cannabis Research, Rights and Legislation Activist, Mother   of an Autistic Child.


- Tzahi Klein, Film Director and Producer, Medical Cannabis Researcher.

The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM)


With the help of Adi Rodrigez-Barnea, an activist mother of two children who are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, we organized a seminar regarding the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM). This seminar was designated for clinical and academic staff, caregivers and students. The ESDM is a comprehensive behavioral early intervention approach for children with autism, ages 12 to 48 months. It can be delivered by therapy teams and/or parents in group programs or individual therapy sessions in either a clinic setting or the child’s home.



Dr. Tali Gev, Clinical Psychologist, Bar-Ilan University and the Association for Children at Risk


Yana Sinai-Gavrilov, Psychologist, Bar-Ilan University and the Association for Children at Risk

Call Us: +972 86479527   /   autism@post.bgu.ac.il   / Pre-School Psychiatry Unit, Soroka Medical Center, Beer Sheva, Israel