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Second Annual Autism Conference; Atlanta, GA; 2008

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Invited Paper Session #13
CE Offered: PSY/BACB

One Size Does Not Fit All: Developing Individualized Treatment Protocols for Children with Autism

Sunday, February 10, 2008
10:30 AM–11:30 AM
Regency Ballroom
Area: AUT; Domain: Applied Research
Instruction Level: Basic
CE Instructor: Laura Schreibman, Ph.D.
LAURA SCHREIBMAN (University of California, San Diego)
Laura Schreibman is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California, San Diego where she has been on the faculty since 1984. She earned her Ph.D. at UCLA where she focused on the field of behavior analysis and treatment of children with autism. Her research since her degree has continued in the same vein and she currently directs a federally-funded research program focusing on the experimental analysis and treatment of autism. Her general research interests have included the analysis of speech and attentional deficits, generalization of behavior change, parent training, self-management, peer training, and issues of assessment. Her current lines of funded research involve evaluation of pictorial versus verbal communication teaching strategies for very young children with autism (funded by NIMH), development of classroom Pivotal Response Training strategies (funded by the Department of Education), and the development of individualized treatments for children with autism and their families. She also heads a new research program to assess brain correlates to treatment outcome for infants with autism (a Core of an Autism Center of Excellence Award funded by the NIH). She is the author of over 120 research articles and book chapters as well as three books. Her latest book, The Science and Fiction of Autism, published by Harvard University Press, was released in November of 2005.

Treatment outcome research consistently shows a great deal of variability in outcome for children receiving even the best of behavioral interventions. What is needed is a methodology for identifying which behavioral intervention would lead to the best outcome for a specific child. Thus how do we tailor our treatments to the needs of the individual child? Given the importance of early intervention, how can we make sure we choose the best treatment initially in order to take advantage of this early window of opportunity? This presentation will describe recent research looking at specific child characteristics that may suggest particular treatment strategies.

Target Audience:

Licensed Psychologists and/or Certified Behavior Analysts

Learning Objectives: N/a



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