Association for Behavior Analysis International

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36th Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2010

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Workshop #W71
First Three Months of Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention for a Child With Autism: Major Goals and Challenges
Saturday, May 29, 2010
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
Bonham E (Grand Hyatt)
Area: AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor:
MONIKA M. SUCHOWIERSKA (Warsaw School of Social Psychology)
Description: The first three months of early intensive behavioral intervention are a crucial period for a young learner with autism. This workshop will show how this period can be planned so that 1) therapeutic goals are chosen and arranged in the order of importance, 2) relation between the child and the therapist is developed, 3) instructional control is established, 4) pivotal behaviors are taught, 5) communication is established, and 6) collaboration with parents is built. Apart from goals for this period, major challenges will also be discussed. Video material will be used. The workshop will conclude with some suggestions for the next moths of therapy.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will have the following information presented to them: 1. methods of choosing and prioritizing therapeutic goals for the first three months of therapy, 2. methods of establishing a mutually reinforcing relation between the child and the therapist, 3. methods of establishing instructional control, 4. choosing and teaching pivotal behaviors, 5. methods of establishing communication, 6. strategies for establishing a truly collaborative model of working with the parents, 7. challenges facing therapists and parents in the first three months of therapy.
Activities: The workshop will include didactic instruction, video taped presentations, and demonstrations.
Audience: Parents, lead therapists, line therapists, consultants, and students.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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