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SPECTRUM ASC-MED DIAGNOSIS, THERAPY AND EDUCATION

SPECTRUM ASC-MED specializes in the diagnosis, therapy and education across the age range in autism spectrum disorders (ASD), frequently defined as autism spectrum conditions (ASC), or autism. We use standards and recommendations in autism that are valid in such countries like UK, USA or Australia. We collaborate with the leading autism centers in the world. We diagnose autism spectrum disorders (autism) in children, adolescents and adults. We develop new diagnostic tests, computer-based therapy and educational programs together with the world-renowned experts in autism. We also conduct scientific research in this field.

Agnieszka Rynkiewicz

SPECTRUM ASC-MED IS DIRECTED BY DR. AGNIESZKA RYNKIEWICZ

Agnieszka Rynkiewicz, MD, MAT, PhD - Assistant Professor, Clinician, PhD in Psychiatry. Head of Neurodevelopmental Disorders & Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Research Lab, Institute of Experimental and Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Rzeszow. Head of Center for Diagnosis, Therapy and Education SPECTRUM ASC-MED, Gdansk & Rzeszow, Poland. Certified ADOS-2 senior trainer. Certified in ADOS-2, ADI-R, STAT™ and BOSCC. Her interest includes the neurodevelopmental disorders, sex/gender differences in autism and ICT-based solutions to the standardised instruments used in the assessment and therapy of autism.

Agnieszka Rynkiewicz, MD, MAT, PhD

Received her MD from the Medical University of Gdansk, Poland, completed her residency training in psychiatry at the Department of Psychiatry, Medical University of Gdansk and Clinical Regional Psychiatric Hospital in Gdansk, Poland. Completed the United States Medical Licensing Examinations (USMLE/ECFMG) in USA. Graduated from Seattle Pacific University, USA with MAT in Special Education. Holds a PhD in psychiatry from Medical University of Gdansk in Poland. Her PhD in psychiatry is on autism in females and co-occurring psychopathology (read more).

Additional credentials:

  • Internationally recognized certified ADOS-2 trainer, certified by Prof. Ann Le Couteur, UK.
  • Certified in ADOS-2 (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule 2nd Edition), Spectrum Specialist Consultancy & University of Cambridge, UK.
  • Certified in ADI-R (Autism Diagnostic Interview - Revised), STAR (Service, Training, Advocacy & Research) Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, University of California San Francisco, Department of Psychiatry, California, USA.
  • Certified in BOSCC (Brief Observation of Social Communication Change), NewYork-Presbyterian Center for Autism and the Developing Brain, Weill Cornell Medical College & Columbia University Medical Center, USA.
  • Certified in STAT™(Screening Tool for Autism in Toddlers), University of Washington Autism Center - Tacoma & Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Tennessee, USA.

Her professional work included: Psychiatry Departments of Medical University of Gdansk, Poland, Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Unit, Seattle Children’s Hospital, USA, Brain Center for Applied Learning Research Institute, Seattle Pacific University, USA, Edmonds School District, USA, Department of Psychiatry and Developmental, Psychotic and Geriatric Psychiatry Medical University of Gdańsk, Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Experimental and Clinical Medicine, Neurodevelopmental Disorders & Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Research Lab, University of Rzeszow, Poland. The Board Member of Autism Society of Washington, USA (2009-2010).

Developed the Questionnaire for Autism Spectrum Conditions (Q-ASC by Attwood, Garnett, Rynkiewicz 2011) to identify gender-sensitive profiles of autism symptomatology. Co-authored Polish adaptation of STAT™. Created math scripts to TeachTown (USA), education software for children with special needs. Developed Polish integrated Internet-based environment for social inclusion of children with autism EmotiPlay. Recipient of the ENABLE Award 2014 in UK to the developer of new ICT to support disabled learners and the Diversity Travel Award by International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) in 2016, USA.

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WE ARE ACTIVE AND CREATIVE

We create programs and assessments to diagnose and treat individuals with autism. We believe that properly conducted diagnostic process in autism based on the accepted standards and recommendations, and appropriate therapy improves significantly the quality of life of individuals with autism (ASD). We educate families and train professionals who help ASD patients.

We work with many clinical centers and universities in the world and Poland to be able to update and expand knowledge on autism, as well as create and improve diagnostic and therapeutic methods.

THE RECENT WORK

Autism symptomatology in females and ADOS-2

Project of SPECTRUM ASC-MED in collaboration with Faculty of Medicine, University of Rzeszow

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Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission. Grant № P000698

Specialist: Bryan King, MD, MBA. Project Institution: Neurodevelopmental Disorders Research Lab, Institute of Experimental and Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Rzeszów

Field of study: Public/Global Health
Project title: “Autism symptomatology in females and ADOS-2”
within the registered study (URKB-8/6/2017):

“Comparing the effect of tactile desensitization on the level of endogenous oxytocin (OT), presented autistic traits and social communication skills between males and females with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)”
Principal Investigator (PI) - Agnieszka Rynkiewicz, MD, MAT, PhD

EmotiPlay

Polish platform of the integrated Internet-based environment for social inclusion of children with autism spectrum conditions (ASC) – EmotiPlay created within the ASC-Inclusion project – FP7-ICT. Research and Innovation Programme. Grant № 289021

It is an interactive therapeutic program to learn emotions expressed in three modalities: mimics, gestures and voice.

STATTM

The official Polish version of the STAT ™ test (Screening Tool for Autism in Toddlers and Young Children). STAT - A screening test for autism for young children.

STAT ™ test is an interactive tool used in screening of autism in children 24 to 36 months old (2-3 years).

Q-ASC

A screening tool authored by Tony Attwood, Michelle Garnett, Agnieszka Rynkiewicz.


Research in the ASC-Inclusion project received funding from the European Commission, the Seventh Framework Program (FP, 2007-2013), grant No. 289021, Information and Communication Technologies, Goal ICT-2011.5.5: ICT for sustainable and personalized integration.

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OUR COLLABORATION

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Rzeszów: +48 881-330-118

rynkia@spectrumascmed.com