Association for Behavior Analysis International

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34th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2008

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W4
CE Offered: BACB
Asperger's Syndrome: Behavioral Characteristics and Treatment in Schools and the Community.
Friday, May 23, 2008
10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Boulevard B
Area: AUT; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: C. Baker Wright, Ph.D.
C. BAKER WRIGHT (Behavior Management Consultants, Inc.)
Description: This workshop will be presented in four sections: 1) description and discussion of the diagnostic criteria for Asperger's Syndrome, 2) specific behavioral considerations and treatment options, and 3) reviews of individual cases from assessment to treatment 4) video analysis of teaching social skills in community settings. This will be an interactive workshop where attendants will participate individually and in small groups in each of the core areas presented.
Learning Objectives: 1. Attendants will be able to recognize key diagnostic behaviors symptomatic of Asperger's Syndrome. 2. Attendants will be able to recognize certain environmental components that are common triggers for the difficult behaviors exhibited by children with Asperger's Syndrome. 3. Attendants will be able to better assess and treat difficult behaviors exhibited by children with Asperger's in the community and in school settings. 4. Attendants will be able to proceed with "prevention" strategies, "management" strategies and "treatment" strategies for maladaptive and replacement behaviors common to children with Asperger's. 5. Attendants will be able to discuss common academic challenges and strategies for children with Asperger's. 6. Attendants will be able to discuss common school accommodations made for students with Asperger's Disorder. 7. Attendants will be able to provide in vivo training for social interaction skills specific to children with Asperger's Syndrome.
Activities: 1. Review and assessment of diagnostic information / referrals for children thought to have Asperger's Syndrome. Attendants will review specific cases and evaluate for behavioral symptoms of Asperger's Syndrome in addition to the DSM-IV diagnostic criteria. 2. Review specific scenarios of real life cases and determine treatment options. Attendants will receive case studies and will be asked to review the information, determine the essential behavioral symptoms, pose questions for further data collection and provide interaction guidelines for treatment. 3. Attendants will review other cases from beginning to end and will participate in a "beginning to end" case study / case management of other real-life cases. Attendants will be encouraged (and will receive documentation at the beginning of the workshop) to review cases in which they have been involved. These cases will also be reviewed.
Audience: Behavior analysts, behavior specialists, teachers, social workers, speech-language pathologists, parents, caregivers working with children with Asperger's Syndrome or those who have the opportunity to do so in the future.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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