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First Annual Autism Conference; Boston, MA; 2007

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Invited Paper Session #9

Preventing and Reducing Challenging Behavior in Home Settings

Saturday, February 3, 2007
4:00 PM–5:00 PM
Grand Ballroom
Area: AUT; Domain: Applied Research
Instruction Level: Basic
CE Instructor: David P. Wacker, Ph.D.
DAVID P. WACKER (University of Iowa)
Dr. David P. Wacker, is Professor of Pediatric Psychology and Special Education at The University of Iowa. In the Department of Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital of Iowa, Dr. Wacker directs psychology services for children with severe behavior disorders. He is the principal investigator of a series of NIH-funded projects that have evaluated the use of functional analysis and functional communication training with young children who have developmental disabilities and who display problem behavior in their homes. Dr. Wacker is the previous Editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and past President and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior.

In this presentation, Dr. Wacker will describe the results of NIH-funded projects involving functional analyses and functional communication training in the home settings of young children (6 years and younger) who had diagnosed disabilities and who displayed severe problem behavior (e.g., self-injury and aggression). Parents conducted all assessment and treatment sessions with coaching from trained applied behavior analysts. The procedures used in this project will be described, along with outcomes achieved over a 12-year period. Individual case studies of children with autism will be presented.

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