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Second Annual Autism Conference; Atlanta, GA; 2008

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Invited Paper Session #8
CE Offered: PSY/BACB

Using ABA to Improve the Lives of Adults with Autism in Work, Community, and Residential Settings

Saturday, February 9, 2008
3:30 PM–4:30 PM
Regency Ballroom
Area: AUT; Domain: Applied Research
Instruction Level: Basic
CE Instructor: Gregory S. MacDuff, Ph.D.
GREGORY S. MACDUFF (Princeton Child Development Institute)
Gregory S. MacDuff, Ph.D., is the Director of Adult and Community-Living Programs at the Princeton Child Development Institute and Adjunct Professor at the University of Kansas and The College of New Jersey. He has authored articles and book chapters on incidental teaching, photographic activity schedules, staff training strategies, prompt- and prompt-fading procedures, behavioral intervention for adults with autism, and intervention models in residential settings. He has lectured nationally and internationally, and has provided consultation and training to a variety of public and private programs.

This presentation describes behavioral intervention programs that help adults with autism complete tasks in work, community, and residential settings. The presentation suggests that preparation for adulthood should begin in childhood, asserts that the curriculum should be as comprehensive and evaluation criteria as rigorous in programs for adults as in programs for children, and stresses the value of low client-teacher ratios. Our data suggest a number of skills that are key to adults successful transitions from education programs to supported employment and other community settings. These skills include remaining engaged without direct supervision, using delayed reward systems, completing assignments at criterion, following activity schedules, and exhibiting low levels of disruptive behavior. Discussion of keys skills will be supplemented by videotapes.

Target Audience:

Licensed Psychologists and/or Certified Behavior Analysts

Learning Objectives: N/a



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