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.

  • AUT: Autism

    BPH: Behavioral Pharmacology

    CBM: Clinical/Family/Behavioral Medicine

    CSE: Community Interventions, Social and Ethical Issues

    DDA: Developmental Disabilities

    DEV: Behavioral Development

    EAB: Experimental Analysis of Behavior

    EDC: Education

    OBM: Organizational Behavior Management

    TBA: Teaching Behavior Analysis

    TPC: Theoretical, Philosophical, and Conceptual Issues

    VRB: Verbal Behavior


Third Annual Autism Conference; Jacksonville, FL; 2009

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Invited Paper Session #6
CE Offered: PSY/BACB

Applied Behavior Analysis and Adults with Autism: Applications to Promote Competence and Quality of Life

Saturday, February 7, 2009
11:45 AM–12:45 PM
Grand Ballroom
Area: AUT; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Peter F. Gerhardt, Ed.D.
Chair: Marianne L. Jackson (California State University, Fresno)
PETER F. GERHARDT (Organization for Autism Research)
Dr. Peter Gerhardt is President and Chair of the Scientific Council for the Organization for Autism Research, a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding applied research and disseminating the relevant findings in support of learners with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families. Dr. Gerhardt has over 25 years experience utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis in support of adolescents and adults with an ASD in educational, employment, and community based settings. He is the author or co-author of articles and book chapters on the needs of adults with autism spectrum disorder, the school-to-work-transition process, assessment of social competence, and analysis and intervention of problematic behavior. He has presented nationally and internationally on these topics. Dr. Gerhardt received his doctorate from the Rutgers University Graduate School of Education. In 2007, Dr. Gerhardt was awarded the John W. Jacobson Award for Significant Contributions to Effective Behavior Intervention by the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis.

Recent years have seen a surge of interest in applied behavior analysis (ABA), particularly as it relates to the treatment of autism. The target of many misconceptions (e.g., ABA interventions produce only rote responding) behavior analysis is a natural science approach to understanding behavior and to change socially important behaviors in meaningful ways. Although the efficacy of interventions based upon the principles of ABA is well documented, one of the many, more persistent misconceptions is that such interventions are applicable only with younger learners. This presentation will provide an overview of efficacy of ABA-based interventions across a variety of skill/instructional domains with older learners. Particular attention will be paid to instructional strategies beyond discrete trial instruction (DTI).




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