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Third Annual Autism Conference; Jacksonville, FL; 2009

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Invited Paper Session #5
CE Offered: PSY/BACB

Pivotal Response Intervention

Saturday, February 7, 2009
10:45 AM–11:45 AM
Grand Ballroom
Area: AUT; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Lynn Kern Koegel, Ph.D.
Chair: Linda A. LeBlanc (Western Michigan University)
LYNN KERN KOEGEL (University of California, Santa Barbara), Robert L. Koegel (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Dr. Lynn Koegel, and her husband Dr. Robert Koegel, were the recipients of the first annual Children’s Television Workshop Sesame Street Award for Brightening the Lives of Children. In addition, Dr. Lynn Koegel recently appeared on ABC's hit show "Supernanny" working with a child with autism. In 2005, the University of California, Santa Barbara received a $2.35 million gift to expand the physical space of the Center, which was renamed the Koegel Autism Center in recognition of the Koegel’s work on behalf of children with autism. In 2007, the Koegels were awarded a gift from the Eli and Edythe L. Broad Foundation to establish a new center of excellence for Asperger Research.The Center is conducting research and intervention with the purpose of developing a model that can be disseminated nationally, and is moving toward the long-term goal of becoming the largest and most comprehensive clearinghouse in the world on intervention for Asperger's Syndrome.

This session will provide an overview of several pivotal response interventions, which attempt to identify pivotal areas that, when changed, result in positive changes in other areas. Pivotal areas discussed include responsivity to multiple cues, motivation to initiate and respond to social and environmental stimuli, and self-regulation of behavior. The trend to streamline intervention by targeting behaviors that will have a widespread effect on development rather than targeting individual behaviors one at a time will be discussed.




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