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36th Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2010

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Workshop #W24
CE Offered: BACB
Special Education Policy: Navigating the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act to Help Families Fund Applied Behavior Analysis Services
Friday, May 28, 2010
10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Texas Ballroom Salon D (Grand Hyatt)
Area: EDC/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Jerome Ulman, Ph.D.
MELISSA L. OLIVE (Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc.)
Description: The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is the primary policy for special education programs across the United States. IDEA is a complex law and mandates services for children age birth through age 22 with a variety of disabilities. Practicing behavior analysts should be familiar with IDEA policies in order to appropriately serve their clients. Moreover, IDEA policy may be used to financially support behavior analysis services. This session will cover Part C (birth through age 2) and Part B (age 3 to age 22) of IDEA. Participants will learn IDEA policy regarding individualized education program (IEP) and individualized family service plan (IFSP) development, functional behavioral assessments, intensity of services, instructional methodology, independent educational evaluations (IEE), extended school year services, and parent training. Participants will also learn about the IEP and IFSP meeting process and how the process supports families and their external service providers. Finally, participants will better understand how to use the IEP and IFSP process to assist families in funding behavior analytic services.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to do the following: 1. Participants will describe the differences between Part B and Part C of the IDEA. 2. Participants will identify when an FBA is required under IDEA. 3. Participants will list the components of an IEP and IFSP. 4. Participants will understand how to determine appropriate intensity of services. 5. Participants will discuss the process for approving an IEE. 6. Participants will describe the process for selecting instructional methodology. 7. Participants will describe how parent training may be a service under IDEA. 8. Participants will understand the IEP and IFSP process.
Activities: Workshop activities will include lecture accompanied with detailed handouts for participants. Participants will be taught how to locate and navigate IDEA policy online. Participants will also use case study activities to practice their understanding of IDEA policy. Time will be allotted for questions to help participants work through complicated topics.
Audience: Practicing behavior analysts who serve clients age 22 or under.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic

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