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Monday, August 5
 

9:00am EDT

01. Conference Welcome and Pennsylvania Updates - Presidents Hall
Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, INFANT

Speakers
avatar for Mike Miklos

Mike Miklos

Mike Miklos, M.S., BCBA, is a behavior analyst and Pennsylvania-certified school psychologist employed as an educational consultant for PaTTAN. His responsibilities have included training staff, developing systems for data-driven decisions, completing functional behavior assessments... Read More →
avatar for Angela Kirby

Angela Kirby

Angela Kirby works as director of the PaTTAN- Harrisburg office. Prior to coming to PaTTAN, she served as a special assistant to the Secretary of Education in the Bureau of Teaching and Learning at the Pennsylvania Department of Education. She holds Pennsylvania Instructional II Certification... Read More →


Monday August 5, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
TBA

10:00am EDT

02. Opening Keynote: Build Your Legacy - Being a Champion with Behavior Analysis - Presidents Hall
Whether you are a student, Behavior Analyst, Educator, or a parent, you will find yourself building a legacy. As Behavior Analysis’ exposure increases not only in the world of autism but also in mainstream education in general, each of us has a more and more important role to play. What will your legacy be and how do you ensure an impact? Not surprisingly, the answers are unlikely to be found in graduate school and sometimes require hard lessons that only come with experience. This presentation will discuss various challenges faced by practitioners and educators using individual examples and from a large-scale perspective. Additionally, it will highlight the different issues we must address, the importance of doing so for our field, and just how dangerous the future could be if we do not act now. If you struggled with a response about your impact or do not see the clear call to action, get ready to work because you have more to give…to your field, your clients, and to yourself. Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, BACB, INFANT, ASHA

Speakers
avatar for Nikki Dickens

Nikki Dickens

Emily N. Dickens, M.S., BCBA—or “Nikki”— is the Director of the FSU Early Childhood Autism Program in Panama City, a nonprofit clinic and community outreach organization. She received her Masters from FSU Panama City in 2005, returned in 2013 to oversee the ECAP practicum... Read More →



Monday August 5, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
TBA

11:00am EDT

03. Current Effective Practices in a Representative District - Presidents Hall
The PaTTAN Autism Initiative ABA Supports currently provides consultation to over 600 classrooms across Pennsylvania, including rural, suburban, and urban schools.  This brief session will highlight the Moon Area School District and their collaborative efforts with the Autism Initiative, involving seven classrooms spanning Kindergarten through High School students.  The partnership comprises dedicated teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators, internal coaches, behavior analysts, therapists, and amazing students.  The presentation will provide video examples of the use of reinforcement-based instruction based on the science of behavior analysis. Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, BACB, ASHA

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Delaney

Ryan Delaney

Ryan Delaney is an Educational Consultant for the PATTAN Autism Initiative supporting classrooms throughout Pennsylvania. He received his master’s degree at the University of Pittsburgh and earned his BCBA through the Penn State University ABA certificate program.



Monday August 5, 2019 11:00am - 11:30am EDT
TBA

1:00pm EDT

04. Introduction to the Conference and Applied Behavior Analysis - Presidents Hall 4
Presentation will include a brief overview of evidence-based interventions for students with autism. Since most evidence suggests the importance of applied behavior analysis (ABA) in guiding interventions for individuals with autism, many sessions at the National Autism Conference focus on ABA. During this session, the basic principles of ABA will be presented for beginners and those who want a review of those principles. This session is appropriate for parents and educators. The content of this session will prepare attendees to get the most out of this year’s conference. Information presented will be supported by videos of ABA-based interventions. Additionally, the session will include a brief review of how data may be presented in the various ABA-based sessions occurring at the conference. Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, INFANT, ASHA

Speakers
avatar for Ashley Harned

Ashley Harned

Ashley Harned, M.Ed., BCBA, works as an educational consultant with PaTTAN’s Autism Initiative. Prior to coming to PaTTAN, Ashley served as a special education teacher for K–4 students with high- and low-incidence disabilities for eight years. Ashley secured her undergraduate... Read More →
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Abigail Pastorella

Abigail Pastorella, M.S., BCBA, LBS is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Licensed Behavior Specialist, and Certified School Psychologist for the State of Pennsylvania. Abigail earned her Master of Science degree from Millersville University and her Bachelor of Science degree from... Read More →



Monday August 5, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
TBA

1:00pm EDT

06. Early Social Responding and Verbal Behavior: An Analysis of Current Applications - Deans Hall 1 & 2
Since the publication of the pioneering work by Hart and Risley (1975, 1978), naturalistic-based interventions, focusing on the acquisition and generalization of social communication, have been increasingly incorporated into Applied Behavior Analytic programs for children with autism. In the past two decades, several researchers have drawn from this literature to develop and divulge comprehensive early intervention models that are said to focus specifically on early social behavior (e.g., Dawson et al., 2009; Rogers & Dawson, 2010). Given the syndrome specific and primary deficits of autism, intervention that aims to address impairments in social responding early on may result in clinically significant outcomes for this population. Because language is typically acquired in the context of and maintained by social interaction, early focus on establishing people as a source of reinforcement may enable children to acquire verbal behavior under more environmentally valid sources of control. The current presentation will firstly briefly review the sparse literature on naturalistic interventions and the extent to which, as a scientific community, we have developed both an analysis and subsequent techniques to address and alter the social deficits in autism. The presentation will particularly focus on operationally defining and illustrating strategies to establish early social responding by referring to current behavioral interpretations of joint attention and eye contact as a conditioned reinforcer and derived evidence-based applications to establish language in the context of, to contact and maintain social interaction. Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, BACB, INFANT, ASHA

Speakers
avatar for Francesca degli Espinosa

Francesca degli Espinosa

Francesca began her career in behaviour analysis working as a tutor for a child with autism, in the UK in 1996. During that time she became interested in interventions that could both define and establish generalised learning: the ability to demonstrate novel responses within and... Read More →



Monday August 5, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
TBA

1:00pm EDT

10. Effects of Pace of Instruction on Skill Acquisition and Problem Behavior - Presidents Hall 1
This session will review some common misconceptions about how students with autism should be taught with a focus on instructional pace and skills sequence. A brief review of research related to the topic will be included as well as pragmatic suggestions on how to arrange instructional materials, teaching environments, and structure teaching sessions while maintaining a brisk pace of instruction to keep students engaged. Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, BACB, INFANT, ASHA


Speakers
avatar for Willow Martin Hozella

Willow Martin Hozella

Educational Consultant, PaTTAN
Willow Hozella, BCBA, is an educational consultant with PaTTAN's Autism Initiative. He provides in-class consultation to autism support classrooms throughout Pennsylvania, working directly with students, teachers, para-educators, and other staff to implement evidence-based instructional... Read More →



Monday August 5, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
TBA

1:00pm EDT

09. Bearcat BEST - Building Excellence through Skills Training - Room 206
Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, BACB

Speakers
avatar for Philip Kanfush

Philip Kanfush

Saint Vincent College
Dr. Philip Kanfush started the Bearcat B.E.S.T. transition program at Saint Vincent College in 2015 to serve students with intellectual and developmental disabilities on a college campus with their same-age peers. The program has successfully served nearly 40 students at present... Read More →
avatar for Alaina D'Aloiso

Alaina D'Aloiso

Alaina D’Aloiso graduated from Saint Vincent College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education in 2017. She holds current Pennsylvania teaching certification in Early Childhood Education (pre-K through grade 4), Special Education (for both grades pre-K through... Read More →



Monday August 5, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
TBA

4:15pm EDT

12. Legal and Ethical Considerations for the Written Functional Assessment and Behavioral Intervention Plan - Presidents Hall 1, 2 & 3
Many BCBAs working in schools and other settings are responsible for conducting functional assessments and developing behavioral intervention plans. What many behavior analysts may not know is that the written documents represent the only view of the process that outside observers, regulators, and advocates might have. Therefore, it is critical that the written document is constructed in a manner that is consistent with standards of legal and ethical practice. Although some aspects of practice vary from state to state, the fundamentals of the written assessment and written plan are generally consistent. In this presentation, Dr. Vollmer will draw from his experiences to describe “hot button” items associated with the written component of the assessment and plan. He will make suggestions related to making the written components clear, and as free from misinterpretation as possible. Throughout, legal and ethical standards will guide the discussion. Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, BACB Ethics

Speakers
avatar for Timothy R. Vollmer

Timothy R. Vollmer

Timothy R. Vollmer received his Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 1992. From 1992 until 1996 he was on the psychology faculty at Louisiana State University. From 1996 to 1998 he was on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School. He returned to the University... Read More →



Monday August 5, 2019 4:15pm - 5:15pm EDT
TBA
 
Tuesday, August 6
 

9:00am EDT

21. Programming Considerations for Life After School - Room 105
Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, BACB


Tuesday August 6, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm EDT
TBA

9:00am EDT

15. Teaching Verbal Behavior and Functional Skills to Persons with Moderate to Severe Disabilities (including Autism) - Presidents Hall 3 & 4
Persons with autism and other developmental disabilities have benefited from treatment programs that emphasize the application of behavior analytic principles. Many of these programs are now informed by B.F. Skinner’s, (1957) analysis of verbal behavior. The purpose of this workshop is to provide an extension of this approach to treatment of persons with moderate to severe disabilities. Several curricula will be discussed including The Essential for Living. The Essential for Living is an assessment and curriculum uniquely designed to address the learning difficulties of this group of persons. With its foundation in the analysis of verbal behavior, these materials provide a functional curriculum for children and adults with severe learning needs. An overview of this approach along with video illustrations of treatment methods in educational settings across several essential domains, e.g., self-care, verbal behavior training within the routine of daily events, and reducing problem behavior by teaching tolerating and waiting skills, along with others. Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, BACB, ASHA

Speakers
avatar for Vincent J. Carbone

Vincent J. Carbone

Vincent J. Carbone, Ed.D., is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral and New York state licensed behavior analyst. He received his graduate training in applied behavior analysis (ABA) at Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, under the supervision of W. Scott Wood. He currently... Read More →



Tuesday August 6, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm EDT
TBA

1:15pm EDT

29. (repeat of 15) Teaching Verbal Behavior and Functional Skills to Persons with Moderate to Severe Disabilities (including Autism) - Deans Hall 1 & 2
Persons with autism and other developmental disabilities have benefited from treatment programs that emphasize the application of behavior analytic principles. Many of these programs are now informed by B.F. Skinner’s, (1957) analysis of verbal behavior. The purpose of this workshop is to provide an extension of this approach to treatment of persons with moderate to severe disabilities. Several curricula will be discussed including The Essential for Living. The Essential for Living is an assessment and curriculum uniquely designed to address the learning difficulties of this group of persons. With its foundation in the analysis of verbal behavior, these materials provide a functional curriculum for children and adults with severe learning needs. An overview of this approach along with video illustrations of treatment methods in educational settings across several essential domains, e.g., self-care, verbal behavior training within the routine of daily events, and reducing problem behavior by teaching tolerating and waiting skills, along with others. Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, BACB, ASHA

Speakers
avatar for Vincent J. Carbone

Vincent J. Carbone

Vincent J. Carbone, Ed.D., is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral and New York state licensed behavior analyst. He received his graduate training in applied behavior analysis (ABA) at Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, under the supervision of W. Scott Wood. He currently... Read More →



Tuesday August 6, 2019 1:15pm - 4:15pm EDT
TBA

1:15pm EDT

35. Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and Evidence for Parents - Room 108
IEPs (Individualized Education Plans) guide the delivery of special education and related services and supplementary aids and supports for children with disabilities in Pennsylvania. This parent-focused session will review IDEA, the special education process, eligibility for special education services, statewide timelines, common acronyms, the IEP process, the IEP and other relevant documents, as well as roles and responsibilities of IEP team members.Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, BACB

Speakers
avatar for Ashley Harned

Ashley Harned

Ashley Harned, M.Ed., BCBA, works as an educational consultant with PaTTAN’s Autism Initiative. Prior to coming to PaTTAN, Ashley served as a special education teacher for K–4 students with high- and low-incidence disabilities for eight years. Ashley secured her undergraduate... Read More →
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Abigail Pastorella

Abigail Pastorella, M.S., BCBA, LBS is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Licensed Behavior Specialist, and Certified School Psychologist for the State of Pennsylvania. Abigail earned her Master of Science degree from Millersville University and her Bachelor of Science degree from... Read More →



Tuesday August 6, 2019 1:15pm - 4:15pm EDT
TBA

1:15pm EDT

37. Updates: Bureau of Autism Services – Office of Developmental Programs - Room 105
Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT


Tuesday August 6, 2019 1:15pm - 4:15pm EDT
TBA

1:15pm EDT

28. Is My Child Really Included? - Presidents Hall 3 & 4
Every parent wants their child to be included and be a part of their school community and ultimately included in the community at large. However, it can often be a challenge to accomplish the goal of meaningful participation while also ensuring optimal outcomes and safety of all involved. This presentation will provide guidelines for parents and teams to consider as well as a review of critical skill sets that result in successful participation in general education settings, home, and community settings. Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, BACB, ASHA

Speakers
avatar for Amiris Dipuglia

Amiris Dipuglia

PaTTAN
Amiris DiPuglia, M.D., obtained her degree as a medical doctor in 1991 from the Pontificate Catholic University Mother, and master's degree in the Dominican Republic. When her eldest son Alexander was diagnosed with autism, she abandoned her medical career and pursued her certification... Read More →



Tuesday August 6, 2019 1:15pm - 4:15pm EDT
TBA

4:30pm EDT

41. Special Presentation: Not Just Autism - Generic Extension of Effective Practices Across Special Education Settings - Presidents Hall 1, 2 & 3
Since 2002, the PaTTAN Autism Initiative has been providing technical support to classrooms across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania based on the principles of behavior analysis and effective instruction. The structure of that technical support and the associated instructional processes have helped improve instruction for students with autism across a wide range of functional levels. This session will describe how the basic design features of the PaTTAN Autism Initiative have relevance for a wide range of special educational settings. Emphasis will be placed on the commonality of effective instruction practices and on celebrating what individuals with autism spectrum disorders have taught us. Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, BACB

Speakers
avatar for Mike Miklos

Mike Miklos

Mike Miklos, M.S., BCBA, is a behavior analyst and Pennsylvania-certified school psychologist employed as an educational consultant for PaTTAN. His responsibilities have included training staff, developing systems for data-driven decisions, completing functional behavior assessments... Read More →
avatar for Amiris Dipuglia

Amiris Dipuglia

PaTTAN
Amiris DiPuglia, M.D., obtained her degree as a medical doctor in 1991 from the Pontificate Catholic University Mother, and master's degree in the Dominican Republic. When her eldest son Alexander was diagnosed with autism, she abandoned her medical career and pursued her certification... Read More →



Tuesday August 6, 2019 4:30pm - 6:00pm EDT
TBA
 
Wednesday, August 7
 

9:00am EDT

42. Managing Problem Behavior in the Home and in Community Settings - Room 207
This session will provide critical information for parents and other team members related to preventing and managing problem behaviors that are common for many children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Focus will be on practical methods of teaching alternatives to problem behavior and for reducing how often problem behaviors occur. This session will discuss the importance of situations that lead to problem behavior. We will discuss how to alter our interactions with children with ASD to successfully establish willing learners who communicate their needs more effectively, increase the likelihood of cooperation, and tolerate adverse conditions in the absence of significant problem behavior. Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, BACB

Speakers
avatar for Amiris Dipuglia

Amiris Dipuglia

PaTTAN
Amiris DiPuglia, M.D., obtained her degree as a medical doctor in 1991 from the Pontificate Catholic University Mother, and master's degree in the Dominican Republic. When her eldest son Alexander was diagnosed with autism, she abandoned her medical career and pursued her certification... Read More →



Wednesday August 7, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm EDT
TBA

9:00am EDT

60. Age Appropriate Programming to Build Play, Leisure and Social Skills - Presidents Hall 1
This session will review effective teaching procedures and data systems for teaching age appropriate programming for leisure and social skills. Participants will be able to develop and implement systematic leisure programs with corresponding data systems.  The presentation will show examples from language-based assessments across various levels to develop appropriate programming for middle and high school aged students in social skill areas related to games, job tasks, activities of daily living, and opportunities in the community. The session will expand social skills across the verbal operants and the role of the mand, tact, listener response, and intraverbal in the development of social skills in the natural environment. Throughout the session, the instructors will present case study examples that include the assessment process, target selection, data systems, and video samples of students in both middle and high school classroom settings. Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, BACB, INFANT

Speakers
avatar for Heidi Scriven

Heidi Scriven

Heidi Scriven, M.Ed., BCBA is an educator who has worked with individuals with autism and other intellectual disabilities for more than 10 years. Heidi was previously the Autistic Support/Life Skills Support teacher at Franklin Regional Middle School but has since transitioned to... Read More →
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Allison Wright

Allison Wright received her undergraduate degree in Journalism and Communications Media from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She went on to earn her Masters in Special Education and Elementary Education from Chatham University.  Mrs. Wright completed her Graduate Certificate... Read More →
avatar for Tom Miller

Tom Miller

Tom Miller, M.S., BCBA is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who has more than 12 years of experience working with individuals with autism and/or other intellectual disabilities. He currently serves as an Educational Consultant for the PaTTAN Autism Initiative ABA Supports, providing... Read More →
avatar for Jolin Jackson

Jolin Jackson

Jolin Jackson, MS, BCBA, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who has more than 10 years of experience working with individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. Jolin received his master’s degree in school psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale... Read More →



Wednesday August 7, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm EDT
TBA

9:00am EDT

66. Establishing Effective Supervisory and Consultative Practices: A Data Driven Approach - Room 106
This session will teach participants how to design, implement, and evaluate supervisory and consultative practices. Participants will learn how to use behavioral skills training with supervisees and professionals receiving consultation. The presentation will provide participants with guidelines for evaluating performance expectations of both the trainee and the supervisor or consultant. Participants will learn key characteristics of effective performance feedback. Throughout the presentation, examples and practical resources will be shared. Suggestions for preventing and addressing barriers to implementation as well as ethical considerations will also be discussed. Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, BACB Supervision, INFANT, ASHA

Speakers
avatar for Amy Naccarelli

Amy Naccarelli

Amy Dunn-Naccarelli, Ed.D., BCBA, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and certified teacher in Elementary, Early Childhood, and Special Education. Amy earned her Master of Education and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Arcadia University. Amy holds a Doctor of Education degree in Educational... Read More →



Wednesday August 7, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm EDT
TBA

9:00am EDT

67. How Can I Include My Own Child With ASD In Preschool and Community? A Family Forum on Evidence-Based Practices - Room 208
Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, BACB, INFANT

Speakers
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Mary Mikus

Mary Mikus is a consultant with Early Intervention Technical Assistance (EITA), which supports the Bureau of Early Intervention Services, Office of Child Development and Early Learning. In her role, Mikus works on the statewide initiatives of inclusion, autism, and Parents as Partners... Read More →



Wednesday August 7, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm EDT
TBA

9:00am EDT

52. Low Tech Approaches/High Tech Approaches to Instruction - Presidents Hall 2
Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, BACB

Speakers
avatar for Janet Twyman

Janet Twyman

Dr. Janet Twyman is an education innovator, thought leader, and founder of Blast: A Learning Sciences Company. She’s also the Director of Innovation and Technology for the Center on Innovations in Learning, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Univ. of Mass. Medical School... Read More →



Wednesday August 7, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm EDT
TBA

1:15pm EDT

54a. It Takes a Village – A Process for Identifying and Talking about Early Signs of ASD - Room 105
Note: This session takes place during the first half of the afternoon instruction period. Please also select a session (labeled B) to fill the second half of the afternoon.
Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, INFANT

Speakers


Wednesday August 7, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm EDT
TBA

1:15pm EDT

55a. The Role of Treatment Fidelity Checks in Autism Support Classrooms - Room 103
Note: This session takes place during the first half of the afternoon instruction period. Please also select a session (labeled B) to fill the second half of the afternoon.
Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, BACB, INFANT

Speakers
avatar for Robin Kimmey

Robin Kimmey

Robin Anne Kimmey is currently the District Behavior Specialist at the Eastern Lebanon County School District and also serves as the Internal Coach for Autism Support Classrooms that are part of the PaTTAN Autism Initiative. She holds a graduate degree in Special Education from The... Read More →
avatar for Tiffany Yeiser

Tiffany Yeiser

Tiffany Yeiser is currently the kindergarten through second grade Autism Support teacher at Fort Zeller Elementary in the Eastern Lebanon County School District (ELCO). She graduated from Bloomsburg University with a bachelors in Early Childhood and Special Education. She also has... Read More →



Wednesday August 7, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm EDT
TBA

1:15pm EDT

56a. Making it Work: First Year in an Autistic Support Room - Room 205
Note: This session takes place during the first half of the afternoon instruction period. Please also select a session (labeled B) to fill the second half of the afternoon.
Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, BACB


Wednesday August 7, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm EDT
TBA

1:15pm EDT

57a. Make it Count: Ensuring Effective Staff Training Procedures - Room 109
Note: This session takes place during the first half of the afternoon instruction period. Please also select a session (labeled B) to fill the second half of the afternoon.
Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, BACB



Wednesday August 7, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm EDT
TBA

1:15pm EDT

58a. Sign Language Training in the Classroom Setting - Room 106
Note: This session takes place during the first half of the afternoon instruction period. Please also select a session (labeled B) to fill the second half of the afternoon.
This session will review teaching sign as a response form in the classroom setting using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. The topics covered will include selection of response form based on assessment, teaching procedures for sign training, and programming using data-based decision making and analysis. This session will cover case study samples of school-aged students ranging in age from Kindergarten to 8th grade with an emphasis on both the levels and ages of the learners. Case study samples presented by different teachers will include the assessment process, teaching procedures, data systems, and video samples of their students. Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, BACB

Speakers
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Taylor Hubert

Taylor Hubert graduated from Slippery Rock University with a degree in Early Childhood and Special Education. Currently, Taylor is getting her Master of Special Education: Autism from Slippery Rock University. She has been teaching at an approved private school for four years. She... Read More →
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Erica Simmons

Erica Simmons holds a Master's in Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Pittsburgh and is a board certified behavior analyst. She also holds a Bachelor's degree in Elementary and Special Education from La Roche College. She has spent two years at Pace... Read More →
avatar for Erin Shields

Erin Shields

Erin Shields graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor's degree in Applied Developmental Psychology, Master's degree in Special Education, and teacher certifications in the areas of Special and Early Childhood Education. She received a post-graduate certificate in... Read More →



Wednesday August 7, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm EDT
TBA

1:15pm EDT

59a. A Strategic Approach to Internal Coaching, Staff Training and Family Engagement - Room 207
Note: This session takes place during the first half of the afternoon instruction period. Please also select a session (labeled B) to fill the second half of the afternoon.
Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, BACB

Speakers


Wednesday August 7, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm EDT
TBA

1:15pm EDT

61a. Effective Programs to Achieve Skill Acquisition with Optimal Outcomes for Older Learners with Significant Developmental Delays - Room 107
Note: This session takes place during the first half of the afternoon instruction period. Please also select a session (labeled B) to fill the second half of the afternoon.
This session will review organizational classroom techniques as well as methods of instruction for older learners with a significant developmental delay in a high school setting. Verbal behavior as well as daily living skills are taught through various methods: a material sort with functional items, manding (with learners that started without a response form or any functional mands), natural environment teaching, big 6+6 fluency program and behavioral interventions. It is important to teach meaningful skills well however organization of materials and staff training is critical piece that will be presented as well. The school day should occur with maximum instructional time and conducted in an efficient manner in order to get the most instruction into the day of students that have limited skills and are near the end of their public school education. Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, BACB

Speakers
avatar for Lori Chamberlain

Lori Chamberlain

Lori Chamberlain is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a consultant for the PaTTAN Autism Initiative. She has worked in the educational field for twenty years. As a teacher in general education, she wanted to learn how to help the students in her classroom that needed extra assistance... Read More →
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Kara Vollmer

Kara Vollmer has been an elementary special education teacher in the St. Marys Area School District for the last ten years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary/Special Education from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership with... Read More →
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Laura Auman

After obtaining her bachelor’s degree in special education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2010, Laura began working as an autistic support teacher in an alternative education setting at Custer City Private School. There she worked with students with severe emotional... Read More →



Wednesday August 7, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm EDT
TBA

1:15pm EDT

62a. Social Skills Instruction - Room 208
Note: This session takes place during the first half of the afternoon instruction period. Please also select a session (labeled B) to fill the second half of the afternoon.
Available credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, BACB, INFANT


Wednesday August 7, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm EDT
TBA

1:15pm EDT

69a. Teaching Advanced Language Skills for High School Students from Discrete Trial to Natural Environment Teaching - Room 112
Note: This session takes place during the first half of the afternoon instruction period. Please also select a session (labeled B) to fill the second half of the afternoon.
Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, BACB

Speakers
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Chris Burke

Chris Burke is a Behavior Analyst with Pittsburgh Behavioral Services currently serving the Moon Area School District as Internal Coach for their Life Skills Classrooms.  He has studied at West Virginia University, Duquesne University, and holds a Master’s Degree in Early Intervention... Read More →


Wednesday August 7, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm EDT
TBA

1:15pm EDT

65. Preparing Students with ASD for Life In and After High School: Lessons from the Field - Presidents Hall 1
The post school landscape for adolescents with ASD, both with and without intellectual disability, is concerning, with studies consistently indicating that young adults are leaving college at higher rates, underemployed or unemployed, and are socially isolated. There are a number of practices that have been identified as predictors of post school success for individuals with various disabilities, including appropriate transition assessments, integration with same-age peers, and providing work based learning experiences. There are a number of barriers for providing these opportunities, including limited time and flexibility for students accessing the “Future Ready” curriculum, staffing, limited opportunities, and perceived disinterest from peers. The Center on Secondary Education for Students with ASD (CSESA) conducted a randomized control trial (RCT) to evaluate a comprehensive intervention model for high school students with ASD (n=546). The CSESA model targets four core areas: social competence, academics, independence and transition. Part of the model includes collaborating with school staff, students to first identify high priority needs, then implement evidence-based strategies, including peer mediated interventions, and work based learning experiences. This presentation will highlight the top tips from staff members at 30 high schools across the country and will include practical examples, photos, and videos, along with data about student needs and experiences from these schools. Details related to HOW staff can implement appropriate transition assessments, relationship/community building activities with peers in general education settings, work based learning experiences, and WITH WHOM staff may consider collaborating will be included.
In our work with over 1,000 high school staff members, we frequently face barriers to these interventions for students with ASD. This session will provide solutions to several structural limitations of high schools and will better allow high school staff to implement these interventions, which are a proven practice in improving the transition-related outcomes for students with ASD. Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, BACB, ASHA

Speakers
avatar for Kara Hume

Kara Hume

Dr. Kara Hume is an Associate Professor in the School of Education at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and Advanced Research Scientist at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. She has worked in the field of special education for 25 years in various capacities... Read More →



Wednesday August 7, 2019 1:15pm - 4:15pm EDT
TBA

1:15pm EDT

63. Positive Behavior Support Plans: The Interface Between Instruction and Intervention - Presidents Hall 2
This session will present an analysis of positive behavior support plans that includes the critical components to consider when writing the plan.  Behavior plans should consist of antecedent interventions to reduce motivation to engage in the problem behavior, a socially appropriate alternative behavior that will be taught to replace the problem behavior, and strategies for how staff will prevent the problem behavior from contacting reinforcement when it does occur.  Practical interventions for teaching appropriate communication and paring instruction with improving conditions will be discussed.  A focus on identifying the function, or functions, of problem behavior and then designing a plan that includes instructional goals to teach appropriate replacement behavior will be emphasized. Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, BACB

Speakers
avatar for Willow Martin Hozella

Willow Martin Hozella

Educational Consultant, PaTTAN
Willow Hozella, BCBA, is an educational consultant with PaTTAN's Autism Initiative. He provides in-class consultation to autism support classrooms throughout Pennsylvania, working directly with students, teachers, para-educators, and other staff to implement evidence-based instructional... Read More →



Wednesday August 7, 2019 1:15pm - 4:15pm EDT
TBA

2:45pm EDT

54b. Project ImPACT in Action: Philadelphia Infant Toddler Early Intervention - Room 105
Note: This session takes place during the second half of the afternoon instruction period. Please also select a session (labeled A) to fill the first half of the afternoon.
Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, INFANT

Speakers

Wednesday August 7, 2019 2:45pm - 4:15pm EDT
TBA

2:45pm EDT

55b. The Role of Treatment Fidelity Checks in Autism Support Classrooms - Room 103
Note: This session takes place during the second half of the afternoon instruction period. Please also select a session (labeled A) to fill the first half of the afternoon.
Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, BACB, INFANT

Speakers
avatar for Robin Kimmey

Robin Kimmey

Robin Anne Kimmey is currently the District Behavior Specialist at the Eastern Lebanon County School District and also serves as the Internal Coach for Autism Support Classrooms that are part of the PaTTAN Autism Initiative. She holds a graduate degree in Special Education from The... Read More →
avatar for Tiffany Yeiser

Tiffany Yeiser

Tiffany Yeiser is currently the kindergarten through second grade Autism Support teacher at Fort Zeller Elementary in the Eastern Lebanon County School District (ELCO). She graduated from Bloomsburg University with a bachelors in Early Childhood and Special Education. She also has... Read More →



Wednesday August 7, 2019 2:45pm - 4:15pm EDT
TBA

2:45pm EDT

56b. (repeat of 56a) Making It Work: First Year in an Autistic Support Room - Room 205
Note: This session takes place during the second half of the afternoon instruction period. Please also select a session (labeled A) to fill the first half of the afternoon.
Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, BACB


Wednesday August 7, 2019 2:45pm - 4:15pm EDT
TBA

2:45pm EDT

57b. (repeat of 57a) Make it Count: Ensuring Effective Staff Training Procedures - Room 109
Note: This session takes place during the second half of the afternoon instruction period. Please also select a session (labeled A) to fill the first half of the afternoon.
Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, BACB



Wednesday August 7, 2019 2:45pm - 4:15pm EDT
TBA

2:45pm EDT

58b. Sign Language Training in the Classroom Setting - Room 106
Note: This session takes place during the second half of the afternoon instruction period. Please also select a session (labeled A) to fill the first half of the afternoon.
This session will review teaching sign as a response form in the classroom setting using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. The topics covered will include selection of response form based on assessment, teaching procedures for sign training, and programming using data-based decision making and analysis. This session will cover case study samples of school-aged students ranging in age from Kindergarten to 8th grade with an emphasis on both the levels and ages of the learners. Case study samples presented by different teachers will include the assessment process, teaching procedures, data systems, and video samples of their students. Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, BACB

Speakers
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Taylor Hubert

Taylor Hubert graduated from Slippery Rock University with a degree in Early Childhood and Special Education. Currently, Taylor is getting her Master of Special Education: Autism from Slippery Rock University. She has been teaching at an approved private school for four years. She... Read More →
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Erica Simmons

Erica Simmons holds a Master's in Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Pittsburgh and is a board certified behavior analyst. She also holds a Bachelor's degree in Elementary and Special Education from La Roche College. She has spent two years at Pace... Read More →
avatar for Erin Shields

Erin Shields

Erin Shields graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor's degree in Applied Developmental Psychology, Master's degree in Special Education, and teacher certifications in the areas of Special and Early Childhood Education. She received a post-graduate certificate in... Read More →



Wednesday August 7, 2019 2:45pm - 4:15pm EDT
TBA

2:45pm EDT

59b. (repeat of 59a) A Strategic Approach to Internal Coaching, Staff Training and Family Engagement - Room 207
Note: This session takes place during the second half of the afternoon instruction period. Please also select a session (labeled A) to fill the first half of the afternoon.
Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, BACB

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Wednesday August 7, 2019 2:45pm - 4:15pm EDT
TBA

2:45pm EDT

61b. (repeat of 61a) Effective Programs to Achieve Skill Acquisition with Optimal Outcomes for Older Learners with Significant Developmental Delays - Room 107
Note: This session takes place during the second half of the afternoon instruction period. Please also select a session (labeled A) to fill the first half of the afternoon.
This session will review organizational classroom techniques as well as methods of instruction for older learners with a significant developmental delay in a high school setting. Verbal behavior as well as daily living skills are taught through various methods: a material sort with functional items, manding (with learners that started without a response form or any functional mands), natural environment teaching, big 6+6 fluency program and behavioral interventions. It is important to teach meaningful skills well however organization of materials and staff training is critical piece that will be presented as well. The school day should occur with maximum instructional time and conducted in an efficient manner in order to get the most instruction into the day of students that have limited skills and are near the end of their public school education. Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, BACB

Speakers
avatar for Lori Chamberlain

Lori Chamberlain

Lori Chamberlain is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a consultant for the PaTTAN Autism Initiative. She has worked in the educational field for twenty years. As a teacher in general education, she wanted to learn how to help the students in her classroom that needed extra assistance... Read More →
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Kara Vollmer

Kara Vollmer has been an elementary special education teacher in the St. Marys Area School District for the last ten years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary/Special Education from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership with... Read More →
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Laura Auman

After obtaining her bachelor’s degree in special education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2010, Laura began working as an autistic support teacher in an alternative education setting at Custer City Private School. There she worked with students with severe emotional... Read More →



Wednesday August 7, 2019 2:45pm - 4:15pm EDT
TBA

2:45pm EDT

62b. (repeat of 62a) Social Skills Instruction - Room 208
Note: This session takes place during the second half of the afternoon instruction period. Please also select a session (labeled A) to fill the first half of the afternoon.
Available credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, BACB, INFANT


Wednesday August 7, 2019 2:45pm - 4:15pm EDT
TBA
 
Thursday, August 8
 

9:00am EDT

75. Early Intervention, Inclusion, and ABA: Transforming from Professional to Parent - Room 208
This session will highlight research validated instructional strategies for meeting the needs of young children with autism in the home, clinic, and inclusive settings.  Procedures for intervention, tools for inclusion, and data collection materials will be shared. Videos and explanations of various formats for instruction will be presented. Topics discussed will include mand training, natural environment teaching, intensive teaching, targeting social behavior, managing problem behavior, and toilet training. The presentation will also touch on parent and family training and trouble-shooting instructional programming for learners with a wide-range of communicative levels. Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, INFANT, ASHA

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Kittenbrink

Rachel Kittenbrink

Dr. Rachel Kittenbrink is the founder and director of Pittsburgh Behavioral Services, a small non-profit service agency providing direct intensive ABA services and consultation to programs for individuals with autism and learning differences in the western PA region. Rachel has experience... Read More →



Thursday August 8, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm EDT
TBA

9:00am EDT

77. How to Plan to Increase Graduation Rates and Decrease Dropout Rates for Students with Disabilities in Pennsylvania - Room 106
Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, BACB

Speakers
avatar for Tina Lawson

Tina Lawson

Tina M. Lawson, Ed.D., is an educational consultant with PaTTAN. Her areas of interest and expertise are behavior support, autism, systems change, and effective instruction. She holds certification in special education and school guidance and counseling, a Doctorate of Education in... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm EDT
TBA

9:00am EDT

79. Teaching and Understanding Mathematical Word Problems - Room 105
Teaching word problems is one of the most challenging situations facing every teacher of mathematics.  Fortunately, findings from research can guide our instruction in a way that makes sense. This session will introduce participants to researched strategies for teaching students to understand the underlying mathematical nature associated with word problems. Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT

Speakers
avatar for Jared Campbell

Jared Campbell

Jared Campbell, Ph.D., is an educational consultant with PaTTAN in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Before working at PaTTAN, he taught high school mathematics and served as a district curriculum coordinator for math and science. He currently works in mathematics and multi-tiered systems... Read More →



Thursday August 8, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm EDT
TBA

1:15pm EDT

86. Effective and Efficient Strategies to Improve Para-Educator Delivered Interventions in the Autism Support Classroom - Room 208
Research has demonstrated the effectiveness of multi-component approaches at increasing implementation fidelity of para-educator delivered interventions for students with autism and/or other disabilities. However, despite their effectiveness, implementation of these training strategies may require increased amounts of time and resources, thus compromising the feasibility of para-educator training in the special education classroom (Leblanc et al., 2005). This presentation will provide an overview of current models used to train para-educators in schools as well as effective and efficient training strategies that aim at improving implementation fidelity of para-educator delivered interventions and increasing the feasibility of para-educator training in the special education/autism support classroom. Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, BACB

Speakers
avatar for Miguel Ampuero

Miguel Ampuero

Miguel Ampuero, Ph.D., BCBA received his Ph.D. degree in Special Education from the University of Pittsburgh, where he currently teaches graduate courses in behavior analysis and special education. His research focuses issues related to paraeducator/staff training as well as the design... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 1:15pm - 4:15pm EDT
TBA

1:15pm EDT

88. Toward a Technology of Teaching - Room 207
This session will describe current steps toward design and implementation of a software system to guide discrete trial instruction for teaching the verbal operants. The rationale, general design, components, and initial tryout results for the system will be described. The system is being developed as a component of PaTTAN’s Autism Initiative ABA Supports. Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, BACB

Speakers
avatar for Mike Miklos

Mike Miklos

Mike Miklos, M.S., BCBA, is a behavior analyst and Pennsylvania-certified school psychologist employed as an educational consultant for PaTTAN. His responsibilities have included training staff, developing systems for data-driven decisions, completing functional behavior assessments... Read More →
avatar for Amiris Dipuglia

Amiris Dipuglia

PaTTAN
Amiris DiPuglia, M.D., obtained her degree as a medical doctor in 1991 from the Pontificate Catholic University Mother, and master's degree in the Dominican Republic. When her eldest son Alexander was diagnosed with autism, she abandoned her medical career and pursued her certification... Read More →
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Dean DiSalvo

Dean DiSalvo received his Master’s in Electrical Engineering from Florida State University in 1995. He served in engineering and project management roles for over 20 years, with a focus on the design, analysis, and optimization of wireless communication systems. After his daughter... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 1:15pm - 4:15pm EDT
TBA

1:15pm EDT

89. Getting and Keeping the Job - Room 106
Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, BACB, INFANT, ASHA

Speakers
avatar for Jane Thierfeld Brown

Jane Thierfeld Brown

Jane Thierfeld Brown, Ed.D., is assistant clinical professor at Yale Child Study, Yale Medical School, and director of College Autism Spectrum and former director of Student Services at the University of Connecticut School of Law. She has worked in disability services for 37 years... Read More →



Thursday August 8, 2019 1:15pm - 4:15pm EDT
TBA

1:15pm EDT

91. (repeat of 79) Teaching and Understanding Mathematical Word Problems - Room 105
Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT

Speakers
avatar for Jared Campbell

Jared Campbell

Jared Campbell, Ph.D., is an educational consultant with PaTTAN in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Before working at PaTTAN, he taught high school mathematics and served as a district curriculum coordinator for math and science. He currently works in mathematics and multi-tiered systems... Read More →



Thursday August 8, 2019 1:15pm - 4:15pm EDT
TBA

1:15pm EDT

84. Parents as Teachers: Promoting Independent Living Skills in the Home and Community - Presidents Hall 3 & 4
The goal of education is to better the lives of learners outside of the four walls of the classroom. We strive to make learners, of all ages, as independent as possible in their homes and communities. In order to achieve this goal, instruction must be provided directly in the natural environment. Early pioneers of applied behavior analysis, such as Ivar Lovaas and Nathan Azrin, understood the importance of including parents and caregivers in treatment. Today, parents and caregivers are still necessary members of the treatment team and play an important role in teaching skills in the home setting. An effective behavior analyst serves as an instructor to parents and caregivers on how to effectively use behavioral technology in the home, how to collect and analyze data, and how to assess needs in their children. This workshop will introduce the audience to ABA instructional methods that are effective in teaching the skills that are necessary for individuals to be independent in their home and community. Through daily living skill examples such as getting dressed, brushing teeth, making simple meals, doing household chores, traveling in the community, and shopping, the presenter will explain and model for the audience how to effectively teach these skills, collect data and assess progress. Techniques will include developing task analyses, using differential reinforcement, shaping, modeling, using visual prompts, and chaining skills to promote independent complex behavior. Time will be left for audience participation and questions. Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, BACB, INFANT

Speakers
avatar for Frank Cicero

Frank Cicero

Dr. Frank Cicero is a New York State licensed psychologist, licensed behavior analyst and board certified behavior analyst with over 23 experience working in the fields of applied behavior analysis and autism spectrum disorders. He received his masters degree in school psychology... Read More →



Thursday August 8, 2019 1:15pm - 4:15pm EDT
TBA

4:30pm EDT

95. Closing Keynote: Why Be a Behavioral Educator? (What Does it Mean to Be a Behavioral Educator)? - Presidents Hall 1, 2 & 3
Why be a behavioral educator? What does it mean to be a behavioral educator? Does it imply working with learners with autism spectrum disorder or other special needs? Does it go beyond the use of discrete trials or the collection of data? Being a behavioral educator can include these things, but also much, much more. Within the presentation, several key features of behavioral educators will be shared, with historic and real-world examples of how behavior analysis is improving the work of teachers and the lives of students. The power of behavior analysis to vastly enhance teaching and learning for all learners will be explored, resulting in ideas and concrete actions new and veteran educators can do “right now” to improve their student outcomes. Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, BACB

Speakers
avatar for Janet Twyman

Janet Twyman

Dr. Janet Twyman is an education innovator, thought leader, and founder of Blast: A Learning Sciences Company. She’s also the Director of Innovation and Technology for the Center on Innovations in Learning, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Univ. of Mass. Medical School... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm EDT
TBA