• In Developmental Perspective on Trauma Martine Delfos presents a new model on trauma. The effect of traumatic events depends on many factors, biological as well as psychological factors. Until now research has mainly focused on the age-related symptoms in psychological well-being in reaction to trauma, a developmental perspective on effect instead of formation. The factor that has not been taken into account yet is the impact of the child developmental stage itself on the perception of traumatic events. This concerns the way trauma influences the performance of the developmental tasks, a formative developmental perspective. A frame of reference that has developed in adults is often still lacking in children. Children will not always be traumatised by the same events as adults, and children can be deeply traumatised by events that adults will not consider traumatising because of their knowledge of the world leading to a more mature perspective. In the model presented, the characteristics of the development with its developmental tasks, the development of the brain with its growing connectivity are applied to traumatic experiences to account for developmental differences in reaction to trauma. The model is applied to different traumatic experiences like sexual abuse and war trauma.
    A better understanding of the effect of traumatic experiences on children and adolescents is to be expected when the true developmental perspective is taken into account.

  • Er was eens een prinsje dat vreselijk verwend was.
    De koning en koningin waren zo blij met hem dat hij alles kreeg wat hij wilde. Zo werd zijn leven heel saai, want hij had alles al.
    De prins werd heel humeurig en toen hij koning was ging dat niet over. Zijn volk vond hem niet zo leuk.
    Hij bedacht een plan: een heel mooie kathedraal laten bouwen. Maar dat pakte heel anders uit dan hij gedacht had.
    Gelukkig kwam er iemand die een oplossing had!
    Ivar, de verschrikkelijke koning is een fraai en gemakkelijk (voor)leesboek voor jonge kinderen. En in het verlengde van het verhaal is het ook een mooie aanleiding om met je kind te praten over waarom ze niet altijd haar zin krijgt.

  • Merel is bang

    Martine Delfos

    • Niño
    • 21 November 2020

    Merel is bang, zo bang. Ze weet niet waar het vandaan komt. Het lijkt wel alsof het er altijd geweest is. Als ze moet gaan logeren slaat de angst pas goed toe. Maar Merel vindt ook een oplossing met de tegen-bang-kermis.

    'Merel is bang' is een therapeutisch verhaal voor kinderen van ongeveer 5 tot 10 jaar. Het is bedoeld voor kinderen die erg angstig zijn. Het kan ook als voorlichtingsboek gebruikt worden om kinderen duidelijk te maken hoe angst werkt en wat je eraan kunt doen. Dit boek is een hulpmiddel om de problematiek uit te leggen en bespreekbaar te maken.

    Met illustraties van Sjeng Schupp

  • Wondering about the World is an impressive, comprehensive, highly readable and much needed guide to autistic spectrum conditions. Autism is presented from a new biopsychological perspective which is supported by the latest research. Delfos' theory of the Socioscheme alongside the MAS1P, the broad 'Mental Age Spectrum within 1 Person', shows the effects of the rainbow of ages within each person with autism and demonstrates how they can be both older and younger than their chronological age and therefore uncovers their hidden intelligence. The theory of Delfos is widely embraced by people with autism conditions and their families and carers, and is gaining international recognition. Martine Delfos provides a strong, insightful and clear theoretical analysis of the nature of autism and the challenges it may cause. Special attention is given to differentiating trauma with autistic behaviour from autism spectrum conditions.
    Illustrating her ideas with many real-life examples, Delfos offers practical advice from the perspective of people with autism of all ages, as well as from parents and carers. While incorporating the most recent findings of current research her experience in practice means she is able to balance theory and practical advice to perfection. Wondering about the World is both an accessible resource for parents and an important textbook for students and professionals.

    Martine F. Delfos (PhD) is a biopsychologist working as a researcher and therapist for people with a broad spectrum of issues. She is committed to the development of theoretical models which are directly applicable in the daily work of professionals. Delfos is the author of several books in the fields of child psychology, autism and gender differences. With respect to autism she has been involved in developing autism care in several countries and is visiting professor at the Universidad Central del Ecuador in Quito-Ecuador and also at the International University of Sarajevo in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Information on her work is to be found on: www.mdelfos.nl

    Dr. Tony Attwood:
    The project has been remarkably ambitious but the author has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the academic literature and the various theoretical models, and extensive personal experience as a clinician. The author also has notable respect for those who have autism and Asperger's Syndrome and she is able to challenge and change attitudes as well as increase understanding.

  • El Autismo es un fénomeno común. A pesar de ello también es el fénomeno más incomprensible en el área de la conducta humana. Se ejecuta mucha investigación sobre este tema. No es una enfermedad, ni tampoco un defecto, según demuestran investigaciones recientes. Es un perfil de genes que lleva a un desarrollo retardado. Esto es de acuerdo a la teoría del Esquema Social de Martine Delfos. Según esta teoría se trata de un desarrollo retardado en áreas específicas y un desarrollo acelerado en otras áreas. El resultado es una gama de `edades mentales' dentro de una persona, el MAS1P (Mental Age Spectrum within 1 Person - Espectro de Edades Mentales dentro de 1 Persona).
    Esta visión ofrece una perspectiva totalmente diferente para el diagnóstico, el tratamiento y sobre todo para la educación de los padres. Delfos y Groot aclaran lo que esto significa para la conducta de personas con autismo, la interpretación de esta conducta y la manera en la que se podrían educar o tratar personas con autismo.
    La práctica y la teoría están fuertemente vinculadas en este libro en lo que se entran a preguntas directas y concretas de la practica diaria. Las experiencias de los padres se interpretan, se ponen en un marco teórico y se profundizan.

    Autismo es universal y sobrepasa las culturas, lo que se hace evidente en este libro en el que se describen experiencias de diferentes países.

    El libro ofrece conceptos y puntos de vista en el desarrollo normal de niños y adolescentes y la manera en la cual esta varía en personas con Autismo. En marcos clarificativos se resume el desarrollo usual con respecto a temas como el apego o el lenguaje. De esto se nutre para conectarse con el desarrollo del niño, del adolescente e incluso del adulto con Autismo.
    v Los autores, Martine Delfos y Norbert Groot, han trabajado en diferentes países con personas con Autismo.

    NBD Biblion (los Países Bajos): `Es una revelación por la nueva manera de pensar sobre la causa y el efecto del autismo. Entre otras cosas, los numerosos ejemplos de la práctica hacen que sea un libro recomendable para padres, familias y profesionales.'

  • Anglais Unravelling autism

    Martine F. Delfos

    • Picowo
    • 16 December 2016

    Martine Delfos presents a brief introduction in autism. Often it is difficult to understand autism. Some of the confusion with respect to autism comes from the lack of distinction between what autism is and circumstances that can foster autistic behaviour, such as neglect or severe trauma. Delfos introduces the theory of the Socioscheme and the MAS1P (Mental Age Spectrum within 1 Person). The clear description and the use of many examples make this book readable without losing scientific and solid ground.
    Dr. Martine Delfos is a bio-psychologist. She is a researcher, a therapist and a teacher. One of her fields is autism, with special attention to differentiating trauma within autistic behaviour from autism spectrum disorders. With respect to autism she helps developing autism care in several countries. Information on her work is to be found on: www.mdelfos.nl

    Tony Attwood wrote in his foreword of Delfos' first and still basic textbook on autism (Latest version: Wondering about the word. About Autism Spectrum Conditions): She reviews each of the theoretical fields of study and then describes our current landscape of knowledge as though from an observation balloon to provide a single explanatory model for autism. The project has been remarkably ambitious but the author has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the academic literature and the various theoretical models, and extensive personal experience as a clinician. The author also has notable respect for those who have autism and Asperger's Syndrome and she is able to challenge and change attitudes as well as increase understanding.

  • Puck and Moyamoya is a therapeutic story. Puck has a disease of the arteries in her brain where small new arteries are made to solve the problem. An operation is often required.

    Puck and Moyamoya is intended for children who have problems arising from Moyamoya and who may or undergo brain surgery, or who already have.

    It is intended to explain the problem and make it open to discussion.

    For children, their parents, professionals in care and teachers.

    Martine F. Delfos, is biopsychologist and works with multiple traumatized children and adults. For the first therapeutic children's books she received the Wilhelmina price.

    The second author and inspirator for this book is Annick Kronenburg. She has come up with the idea to make a book for children with Moyamoya. The book is given its form by collaboration. Annick Kronenburg is in training as a neurosurgeon at UMC Utrecht specializing in Moyamoya and her PhD research is about Moyamoya. She is part of the Moyamoya team of UMC Utrecht, where children (and adults) are treated for Moyamoya from the Netherlands and Belgium, among others.

  • In The Beauty of the Difference, Martine Delfos describes the differences and similarities between men and women. She shows how these differences and similarities intertwine like cogwheels. She does not limit herself to listing the differences and similarities, but she describes how male and female are interrelated, and how they have meaning with and for each other, from biological, evolutionary and social elements. From this viewpoint one can understand the meaning of these differences in contemporary society and Delfos shows how biological similarities make emancipation of both men and women possible. Delfos thinks that both the differences and the similarities are necessary for the emancipation of men and women. She states that we must emancipate with the biological flow instead of against the biological current.

    The book provides an in-depth insight into the way men and women function and its significance for entering into relationships, both heterosexual and homosexual. Why homosexual relationships in humans are actual relationships and not an expression of sexual behaviour.
    This book can provide guidance in understanding all relationships between men and women and thereby creates a deep respect for the individuality of people and the beauty of the difference becomes clear.

    The book is meant for men and women who want to develop a better understanding of each other in heterosexual and homosexual relationships. It can provide support to relationship therapists so that they can give room to both partners in the relationship giving opportunity for both partners to develop their own potential and be respected for their own value.

    Dr. Martine F. Delfos is a scientist, a psychotherapist and publicist. She has written several books in the field of psychology and psychopathology and other fields such as medical science.

  • Autoimmune Reactions and the Immune system presents an overview of the immune system. For the first time a schema with all the elements of the immune system was possible due to
    all the evidence-based material meticulously gathered in centuries of medical science. This schema has been elaborated with a new perspective on the immune system, encompassing not only the fight against viruses, bacteria, parasites and fungi, but as the system organizing the processing of the cells of the body. A perspective shifting from fighting to protection and ultimately to exchange between the human body and its surroundings. To enable this broad perspective a fourth pathway of complement activation was developed, the melatonin-pathway.

    Dr. Martine F. Delfos is a scientist active in a broad scientific area, combining different scientific fields, who also works as a practitioner.

  • Verschil mag er zijn

    Martine F. Delfos

    • Picowo
    • 20 December 2013

    Martine Delfos vindt het schrijven van een boek over verschillen en overeenkomsten tussen mannen en vrouwen een feest, en dat plezier wordt gereflecteerd in de manier waarop ze schrijft. Voor haar is wetenschap ongelooflijk interessant en spannend, en daardoor werd De schoonheid van het verschil een succes en kreeg het in 2008 een vierde druk. Haar nieuwe boek, Verschil mag er zijn, straalt dit plezier ook uit. Je zou haast vergeten dat dit interessante onderwerp kort geleden nog taboe was.

    In de jaren zestig en zeventig werd gedacht dat het kind als een blanco lei geboren werd en door de conventies in onze maatschappij dwingend in de mannelijke of vrouwelijke richting werd gestuurd, zowel wat betreft de genderidentiteit (het gevoel man of vrouw te zijn) als de seksuele oriëntatie (hetero-, homo-, of biseksueel). J. Money (1975) schreef: `Gender identity is sufficiently incompletely differentiated at birth as to permit successful assignment of a genetic male as a girl. Gender identity then and differentiates in keeping with the experience of rearing. Dit concept heeft funeste gevolgen gehad, bijvoorbeeld voor kinderen die met een onduidelijk geslacht geboren werden. Het geslacht werd dan zo spoedig mogelijk na de geboorte chirurgisch mannelijk of vrouwelijk gemaakt zonder met de mogelijkheid rekening te houden dat de hersenen een andere kant op konden zijn gedifferentieerd.

    Martine Delfos levert met De schoonheid van het verschil en Verschil mag er zijn een belangrijke bijdrage aan de omslag naar een interesse voor de neurobiologie in de psychologie en aan de acceptatie dat er interessante geslachtsverschillen in onze hersenen en ons gedrag aanwezig zijn.