Association for Behavior Analysis International

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Eighth Annual Autism Conference; Louisville, KY; 2014

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Invited Paper Session #17
CE Offered: PSY/BACB

Moving the Mountain: Building Capacity for Behavioral Intervention in Public Schools

Sunday, March 2, 2014
11:30 AM–12:20 PM
Grand Ballroom A-B (Suite Tower)
Area: AUT; Domain: Applied Research
Instruction Level: Basic
CE Instructor: Robert C. Pennington, Ph.D.
Chair: Stephen Foreman (Homeplace Support Services, LLC)
ROBERT C. PENNINGTON (University of Louisville)
Robert C. Pennington, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of special education at the University of Louisville. He has more than 20 years' experience serving individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in a variety of capacities including teacher, therapist, consultant, and researcher. In 2010, he received his doctorate in special education from the University of Kentucky, where he studied systematic instructional strategies applied to the development of writing repertoires for students with severe intellectual disabilities (ID). Most recently, he has served as executive director of the Kentucky Autism Training Center (KATC), and a professor in the special education and behavior analyst preparation programs at the University of Louisville. Dr. Pennington has published his work in several refereed journals and book chapters, and presents nationally in the areas of communication, instructional strategies, and writing for students with ID/ASD. Finally, Dr. Pennington takes every opportunity to serve his community through parent and professional consultation and training, participation on advisory boards, and membership on the Executive Board of the Kentucky Association for Behavior Analysis (KYABA).

Despite a gathering consensus about the effectiveness of behavior analytic intervention for learners with autism, many school systems still struggle with the adoption, provision, and evaluation of behavior analytic programming. Furthermore, a history of exposure to poor consultation practices has resulted in frequent resistance to change agents not employed by local districts. In this presentation, Dr. Pennington will discuss contingencies at the individual and systems level that may serve as barriers to the adoption of behavior analytic practice and collaboration with consulting behavior analysts by local school systems. He will then describe his past work in capacity building through the Kentucky Autism Training Center and provide suggestions for navigating public school settings to provide consultation.

Target Audience:

Psychologists, behavior analysts, practitioners, graduate students, and anyone interested in learning more about behavior analytic programming for learners with autism in public school settings.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the event, participants should be able to: --Identify contingencies that drive practice in educational settings. --Describe multiple strategies for working with school personnel that serve students with autism. --Identify several strategies for building district capacity for behavior analytic practice.
Keyword(s): Behavioral intervention, public schools



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