Association for Behavior Analysis International

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41st Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2015

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W7
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Translating Neuropsychological Evaluations into Treatment Goals and Objectives for Young Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder
Friday, May 22, 2015
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
207B (CC)
Area: AUT/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Kelley Henry, Psy.D.
KELLEY HENRY (Beacon ABA Services), LINDA DANIEL (Beacon ABA Services, Inc.)
Description: This workshop is designed for practitioners including educators, special education teachers, speech therapists, occupational therapists, behavior therapists, school psychologists, social workers, and clinical psychologists. A detailed description of standardized assessment tools commonly used within the field of pediatric neuropsychology will provide attendees with a foundation of knowledge and basic understanding of how these tools are used to gather information regarding a student's profile of strengths and relative weaknesses. The primary objective of this training is to provide behavior analysts and related special educational professionals with the skills to use this information as a tool to form treatment planning and educational goals and objectives. Trends in neuropsychology as they apply to children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, including language-based learning disorders and nonverbal learning disability profiles will be emphasized. Additionally, the workshop will provide strategies for applying this clinical information in the application of special education services and ABA interventions.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, participants should be able to: (1) identify key components of neurodevelopmental reports and understand the significance of clinical findings as measured by standardized assessment procedures; (2) summarize key components of the neuropsychological profiles commonly observed in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder; (3) describe fundamental steps to translating neuropsychological findings into treatment objectives for children; and (4) develop clinically and educationally appropriate special education programming and/or applied behavior analytic interventions to be implemented in home and school settings based on the resulting operationally defined treatment objectives.
Activities: The workshop will begin with informational lecture introducing the key comments of a neuropsychological evaluation, reviewing commonly used standardized assessment tools and how to interpret and understand the meaning of scores, and highlighting trends and variations commonly observed in children with autism spectrum disorders. The participants will be given guided lecture notes to support their understanding of the material introduced through the PowerPoint presentation. Three clinical cases of young children will be introduced (e.g., 2-year-old with autism, 5-year-old with autism, and 7-year-old with Asperger's syndrome) this will serve as the foundation for the discussion of commonly observed trends within the profiles of children with ASD. A discussion will follow regarding the design and implementation of relevant applied behavior analytic interventions and the prioritization of goals and objectives for clinical and educational treatment protocols. The participants will separate into three small groups to review each student profile and discuss how they would prioritize interventions. The session will end with a summary of each group's findings and review the priorities for intervention treatment goals and objectives for each student.
Audience: Child-focused practitioners including early intervention specialists, educators, special education teachers, speech therapists, occupational therapists, behavior therapists, school psychologists, social workers, clinical psychologists, developmental pediatricians, and graduate students.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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