Association for Behavior Analysis International

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34th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2008

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Panel #269
CE Offered: BACB
Developing a Training and Supervision Protocol for Early Intervention Programs
Sunday, May 25, 2008
4:00 PM–5:20 PM
Continental C
Area: AUT/TBA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Mary Ellen McDonald, Ph.D.
Chair: Mary Ellen McDonald (Eden II Programs/The Genesis School)
CATHERINE E. FALLEO (Director, Personal -Touch Early Intervention Program)
CHRISTOPHER E. SMITH (Rutgers University)
EILEEN CRISTIANO (Bilinguals, Inc.)
JOANN FIESEL (Marion K Salomon & Associates)

Intervention utilizing the principles of applied behavior analysis has been shown to be the one intervention that is effective for children with autism spectrum disorders. The efficacy of behavioral intervention has been demonstrated through years of research and has specifically been shown to be effective for young learners with autism. Dr. Lovaas early research (Lovaas, 1973, 1987) demonstrated the effectiveness of such intervention with children with autism. It is also known that this intervention when begun at the earliest age will have the greatest impact on the students learning. We may know what needs to be done to provide optimal behavioral intervention in early intervention, nonetheless, it is often difficult to provide young learners with the quality of staff that are needed in early intervention programs. The purpose of the panel is to discuss the development of training and supervision protocols for agencies providing early intervention to children with autism spectrum disorders.




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