|Recent Developments in Behavioral Programming and Intervention
|Saturday, February 7, 2009
|2:15 PM–3:15 PM
|Area: AUT; Domain: Applied Research
|CE Instructor: Mary Jane Weiss, Ph.D.
|Chair: Mary Jane Weiss (Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey)
|PETER F. GERHARDT (Organization for Autism Research)
|LYNN KERN KOEGEL (University of California, Santa Barbara)
|ROBERT L. KOEGEL (University of California, Santa Barbara)
|DIANE M. SAINATO (The Ohio State University)
|BRIDGET A. TAYLOR (Alpine Learning Group)
This panel will center on elements of state-of-the-art educational and behavioral intervention for individuals with autism. Special attention will be paid to how ABA teaching strategies can be delivered to enhance the generalization of skills to the natural environment. Furthermore, we will review how social skills can be conceptualized, operationally defined, systematically taught, and evaluated for their social significance. We will also identify strategies to increase independence and reduce reliance on adults. Finally, we will discuss how the concepts of competence and quality of life should shape our intervention efforts when working with adults with autism. The panelists will also consider issues such as dissemination of information regarding best practices in these areas.