Association for Behavior Analysis International

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42nd Annual Convention; Downtown Chicago, IL; 2016

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Invited Paper Session #261
CE Offered: PSY/BACB

Sleep Problems of Children With Autism: Prevalent, Relevant, and Treatable by Behavior Analysts

Monday, May 30, 2016
2:00 PM–2:50 PM
Grand Ballroom EF, Hyatt Regency, Gold East
Area: AUT; Domain: Applied Research
Instruction Level: Intermediate
CE Instructor: Jessica L. Thomason-Sassi, Ph.D.
Chair: Jessica L. Thomason-Sassi (New England Center for Children)
GREGORY P. HANLEY (Western New England University)
Gregory P. Hanley, Ph.D., has been applying the principles of learning to improve socially important behaviors of children and adults with and without disabilities for more than 20 years. He worked and trained at the Spurwink School, the Groden Center, and the Kennedy Krieger Institute; earned his Ph.D. at the University of Florida; and was tenured at the University of Kansas. He is currently a professor of psychology and director of the Behavior Analysis Doctoral Program at Western New England University and an adjunct professor of psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Hanley has published more than 80 articles in peer-reviewed journals in areas such as the assessment and prevention of problem behavior, teaching tactics for young children, and evidence-based values. Dr. Hanley is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 25), past editor of Behavior Analysis in Practice (BAP), and a past associate editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, The Behavior Analyst, and BAP.

Sleep problems are prevalent among children, especially children with autism. Sleep problems negatively impact the wellbeing of both the child and their family. The good news is that most sleep problems of children are treatable by applied behavior analysts. Critical features of empirically supported behavioral intervention for sleep problems will be described along with ideas for teaching consumers about the prevalence and relevance of applied behavior analysts for addressing children's sleep problems.

Target Audience:

Applied Behavior Analysts, BCBAs, intermediate

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, the participant will be able to: (1) describe the assessment process that allows for the identification of likely causes of persistent delayed sleep onset and night awakenings in young children; (2) describe aspects of nighttime routines, schedules, and dependencies that promote or inhibit healthy sleep; (3) describe the various function-based treatments for nighttime problem behavior that interferes with sleep onset or the resumption of sleep.



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