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Third Annual Autism Conference; Jacksonville, FL; 2009

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Invited Paper Session #13
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Experimental Approaches to Behavioral Assessment
Sunday, February 8, 2009
9:00 AM–10:00 AM
Grand Ballroom
Area: AUT; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Brian A. Iwata, Ph.D.
Chair: Susan Wilczynski (National Autism Center)
BRIAN A. IWATA (University of Florida)
Brian Iwata received his Ph.D. in Psychology from Florida State University and subsequently held positions at Western Michigan University and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He currently is a Professor in Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Florida. Brian is the former editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and former president of the Association for Behavior Analysis, the Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, Division 33 of the American Psychological Association, and the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis. His primary areas of interest are disorders of learning and behavior and research methodology. He has published over 200 articles and chapters on these topics, and he has received over $6 million in research grants to support that work. Much of Brian’s research has focused on the functional (experimental) analysis of severe behavior disorders. This approach to assessment and treatment is one of the most significant advancements in behavior analysis over the past 20 years and is now considered the standard in the field for both clinical research and practice.
Abstract: The high prevalence of challenging behavior in individuals diagnosed with autism suggests that some problem behaviors are inherent characteristics of the syndrome. Research on disorders of learning and behavior, however, indicates otherwise. This presentation will provide an overview of methods for identifying the environmental determinants of problem behavior and for developing systematic and individualized treatment programs. Emphasis will be placed on experimental approaches to assessment and how they may be adapted for a wide range of situations. Application with common problem behaviors such as self-injury and aggression will be illustrated, and implications for behaviors somewhat unique to autism (e.g., difficulty with transitions, echolalia, obsessions) will be discussed.
 

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