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10th Annual Autism Conference; New Orleans, LA; 2016

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Workshop #W2
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Integrating Behavioral Economics Principles With Assessments and Treatments for Autism Spectrum Disorder
Monday, January 18, 2016
2:00 PM–5:00 PM
The Celestin Ballroom
Area: AUT; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Henry S. Roane, Ph.D.
HENRY S. ROANE (State University of New York Upstate Medical University)
"Dr. Henry Roane received his Ph.D. in Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from Louisiana State University. He completed a pre-doctoral internship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Roane has held previous clinical and faculty positions at the Marcus Institute/Emory University School of Medicine and the Munroe-Meyer Institute/University of Nebraska Medical Center. At present, Dr. Roane is the Gregory S. Liptak MD Professor of Child Development in the Department of Pediatrics at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse NY. In this capacity, Dr. Roane serves as the Chief of the Division of Development, Behavior and Genetics where he directs medical and behavior analysis clinics that provide treatment services for children affected by autism and related disorders. Dr. Roane is a former Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and Behavior Analysis in Practice, and serves on the Editorial Boards of several journals in the field. Dr. Roane previously served on the Board of Directors for the Behavior Analysis Certification Board and presently served on the Board of Directors for the Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior. Dr. Roane has co-authored over 75 research articles and chapters as well as three books on ABA and the assessment and treatment of behavior disorders. He also has been the principle investigator on grants funded by National Institute of Health and the New York State Department of Health and serves as a consultant to programs nationwide."
Description: Positive reinforcement contingencies are common in response acquisition and behavior reduction programs for individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Given the ubiquity of this process, it is critical to identify stimuli that will function as effective reinforcers, especially under conditions in which access to those stimuli might be delayed. Based on the nature of a socially mediated positive reinforcement contingency, positive reinforcement-based programs may be viewed as an economic system in which responding is considered an interaction between several variables, such as the price of the reinforcer, demand for a particular reinforcer, and the magnitude of reinforcement. This basic conceptualization of positive reinforcement contingencies permits practitioners to apply principles of microeconomics to the development and refinement of positive reinforcement-based interventions. This workshop will provide an introduction to basic principles of behavioral economics. After introducing these topics, the focus of the workshop will shift to translational research in behavioral economics whereby laboratory findings have been extended to treatments for behavioral correlates of ASD. Examples will focus on the use of economic principles to identify differentially effective position reinforcements, to conduct schedule thinning, and to modify behavior in token economies. Throughout the presentation, clinical examples of these concepts will be provided to demonstrate application for the treatment of behaviors associated with ASD.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Participants will describe the basic clinical procedures and designs that are commonly used in behavioral economic-based treatments for ASD.
  2. Participants will describe basic principles of behavioral economics.
  3. Participants will describe recent research-based extension to the use of behavioral economics in applied settings.
Activities: Activities will consist oflecture, discussion, video observation, and question/answer.
Audience: BCaBAs, BCBAs, BCBA-Ds
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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