Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


35th Annual Convention; Phoenix, AZ; 2009

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Panel #19
Language and Behavior: Positive Outcomes when the Worlds Collide!
Saturday, May 23, 2009
1:00 PM–2:20 PM
North 127
Area: AUT/DDA; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
Chair: Joanne Gerenser (Eden II Programs)
NICOLE WEIDENBAUM (Nassau-Suffolk Services for Autism)
DANA BATTAGLIA (Eden II/Genesis School)
JOANNE SGAMBATI (Eden II/Genesis Programs)
Abstract: Individuals with autism spectrum disorders have difficulty with communication, which is an inherent component of the diagnosis. Speech language pathologists are highly trained in the area of language, while behavior analysts are equally skilled in the area of human behavior. There are times when a behavior can be a function of language, and other times that language can be a function of behavior and/or the environment. Teasing out which is which is the challenge. When this is done, however, and clinicians match treatment to function, participant outcomes are maximized. This presentation will discuss such issues in creating behavior plans. Case studies will be presented.



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