Association for Behavior Analysis International

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35th Annual Convention; Phoenix, AZ; 2009

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W6
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Asperger’s Syndrome: Behavioral Characteristics and Treatment in Schools and the Community
Friday, May 22, 2009
10:00 AM–5:00 PM
North 132 A
Area: AUT/EDC; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
CE Instructor: Guy Bruce, Ed.D.
C. BAKER WRIGHT (Behavior Management Consultants, Inc.)
Description: This workshop will be presented in four sections: 1) description and discussion of the diagnostic criteria for Asperger’s Syndrome, 2) specific behavioral considerations and treatment options for individuals in schools, home and community settings, 3) reviews of individual cases from assessment to treatment and 4) video analysis of teaching social skills in community settings. This will be an interactive workshop where participants will work individually and in small groups on specific case studies in each of the core areas presented.
Learning Objectives: 1. Recognize key diagnostic behaviors symptomatic of Asperger’s Syndrome. 2. Recognize certain environmental components that are common triggers or setting events for difficult behaviors exhibited by children with Asperger’s Syndrome. 3. Better assess and treat difficult behaviors exhibited by children with Asperger’s in the community and in school settings. 4. Proceed with “prevention” strategies, “management” strategies and “treatment” strategies for maladaptive and replacement behaviors common to children with Asperger’s. 5. Discuss common academic challenges and strategies for children with Asperger’s. 6. Discuss common school accommodations made for students with Asperger’s Disorder. 7. Provide in vivo training for social interaction skills specific to children with Asperger’s Syndrome. 8. Discuss problems with prompt dependency as it relates to individuals with Asperger’s and identify sources and interventions for improving these behaviors.
Activities: Participants will engage in a small group activity at the end of each session of the workshop to expand upon and demonstrate knowledge from the previous session. This includes case studies for diagnosis, development and implementation of programming to reduce maladaptive behaviors and increase appropriate responding, and implementation of a systematic and structured social skills training session.
Audience: Behavior analysts, behavior specialists, speech therapists, teachers and other professionals faced with the challenges of Asperger's Syndrome.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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