Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


31st Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2005

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W2
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Enhancing Understanding of the Behavioral Approach to the Treatment of Autism
Friday, May 27, 2005
10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Private Dining Room 4 (3rd floor)
Area: AUT; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Timothy R. Moore, M.S.
TIMOTHY R. MOORE (Minnesota Autism Center), JULIE A. WALDOCH (Minnesota Autism Center)
Description: Autism, a condition more prevalent than ever before, is a developmental disorder whose most valid treatment options (those that are behaviorally-based) are not as widely used or understood as we might hope. Workshop participants will learn about cardinal and secondary characteristics of autism, and behavioral approaches to treatment. Specifically, well discuss theory and practice in several areas: what Applied Behavior Analysis is and is not, approaches to functional assessment, the use of reinforcement and punishment, family and support staff involvement in treatment, prompting, and the management of dangerous behavior.
Learning Objectives: At the completion of the workshop, participants will be able to: - Describe the three cardinal characteristics of autism. - Outline essential components of the behavioral approach to the treatment of autism. - Conduct a functional assessment (indirect component). - Conduct a direct functional assessment (direct component). - Develop a reinforcement and behavior management program. - Use prompt hierarchies to teach a simple skill. - Make decisions based on safety during a crisis.
Activities: Case studies with video samples: Small groups will identify cardinal characteristics of autism; Case studies with written descriptions: Small groups will conduct a brief functional assessment interview with a participant role playing the parent; Case studies with video samples: Small groups will identify important setting events, antecedents, and consequences to behavioral scenarios; Based on the functional assessments with case studies, small groups will discuss and plan treatment, complete with antecedent and consequence programming; Small groups will develop a teaching plan, complete with prompt hierarchy, for a skill to replace a negative behavior; Case studies with written descriptions: Small groups will make decisions on interventions during crisis scenarios.
Audience: This workshop is appropriate for clinical staff and educators at teaching or supervisory levels, as the discussion of theory, and practice of application, may be novel or an expansion on a skill set. Parents will also benefit as they wish to enhance their understanding about the behavioral approach to the treatment of autism.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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