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Monday, August 5
 

9:00am

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
TBA

10:00am

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
TBA

1:00pm

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
TBA

1:00pm

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 degli Espinosa has worked with children with autism for more than 20 years. Her longstanding clinical and research interests are in advanced applications of contemporary analyses of verbal behavior (Horne & Lowe, 1996; Lowenkron, 1998, 2008; Michael, Palmer, & Sundberg... Read More →



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

1:00pm

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 Hozella

Willow Hozella

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
TBA

1:00pm

05. Recent Research on Teaching Verbal Behavior to Children with Autism - Presidents Hall 2
A recent review of empirical applications of Skinner’s Verbal Behavior (1957) to interventions for children with autism showed that the number of studies published each year has increased over time (DeSouza, Akers, & Fisher, 2017). Additionally, research on applications of Skinner’s Analysis of Verbal Behavior spans a variety of peer-reviewed outlets. Recent research has continued to examine methods to directly teach a variety of verbal operants including mands, tacts, intraverbals, and echoics as well as methods to produce emergent responding across non-targeted operants. While the increase in publications is exciting and beneficial in advancing evidence-based interventions, it may be challenging practitioners to keep up with the literature. The current presentation will provide an overview of several recent studies on teaching verbal behavior to children with autism. Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, BACB, INFANT, ASHA

Speakers
avatar for Alice Shillingsburg

Alice Shillingsburg

Dr. Alice Shillingsburg obtained her doctoral degree and training in clinical child psychology and behavior analysis at Auburn University. She is a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst at the doctoral level. She is the senior vice president of Applied Verbal... Read More →



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

1:00pm

08. The Evolution of a Science: A Brief History of Behavior Analysis, Including Applications to Autism Treatment - Presidents Hall 3
Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, BACB, INFANT, ASHA

Speakers
avatar for A. Charles Catania

A. Charles Catania

A. Charles Catania, professor emeritus at UMBC, is past president of ABAI and of Division 25 of the American Psychological Association. He has served as editor of the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior. He had the good fortune to start his career in 1954 in Fred Keller’s... Read More →



Monday August 5, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm
TBA
 
Tuesday, August 6
 

9:00am

13. A Step-Wise Approach to Behavioral Intervention: Implications for Behavioral Consultation - Presidents Hall 1
The presenter will describe a philosophy of behavioral intervention that is based on empirical evidence. He will begin with a discussion of strategies for prevention of severe behavior disorders. Next, he will describe the role of "healthy contingencies" in both the prevention and early intervention of behavior disorders. Third, he will discuss age-appropriate contingency management strategies. Fourth, he will discuss individualized intervention strategies. Finally, he will discuss limits in the scope of practice for behavior analysts, and the importance of collaboration with other professionals. Throughout, the presenter will offer time for questions and discussion. Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, BACB, INFANT, ASHA

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 →



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

9:00am

14. Analyzing and Interpreting Trends in Data: Dancing with the Data - Room 108
Behavior Analysis is an evidence-based, data-driven approach to solving problems. Baseline data provide a wealth of information about behavior in addition to providing a benchmark against which to evaluate the effectiveness of treatments. This workshop will describe patterns of behavior frequently observed in baseline measurement and what they tell us about variable responsible for behavior. The workshop will also evaluate how to compare baseline and treatment data and what it they tell us about motivating operations and learning effects. His workshop will also examine the importance of tracking down sources of variability and how this can influence our understanding of the controlling stimuli, contexts and functions of behaviors. Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, BACB, INFANT, ASHA

Speakers
avatar for Ron Van Houten

Ron Van Houten

Dr. Van Houten received his BA from SUNY at Stony Brook and his MA and Ph.D. from Dalhousie University where he received training in the Experimental Analysis of Behavior. He is currently Professor of Psychology at Western Michigan University. Dr. Van Houten has published 42 papers... Read More →



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

9:00am

16. An Update on Legal Issues for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders - Room 208
This session will provide an overview of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Section 504, related federal agency policy interpretations and state laws, and court decisions specific to students with ASD, with a particular focus on eligibility and methodology issues. The emphasis will be on recent legal developments since the corresponding presentation during last year's conference. Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, INFANT, ASHA

Speakers
avatar for Perry A. Zirkel

Perry A. Zirkel

Perry A. Zirkel is university professor emeritus of education and law at Lehigh University, where he formerly was dean of the College of Education, subsequently held the Iacocca Chair in Education for its five-year term, and continues to co-direct the Lehigh Special Education Law... Read More →



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

9:00am

18. Project ImPACT (Improving Parents as Communication Teachers) - A Parent Training Curriculum from Birth to Age - Room 207
The importance of the direct involvement of parents in the education of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) has been widely recognized (e.g. National Autism Center, 2009; National Research Council, 2001). Project ImPACT (Ingersoll and Dvortcsak, 2010) is an evidenced-based, parent-training curriculum that has been used to improve children with ASD’s social communication skills. Evaluation of this program has revealed that parents increased their knowledge of the intervention techniques (Ingersoll and Dvortcsak 2006; Ingersoll and Wainer 2011), improved accuracy of implementation of the intervention techniques (Ingersoll and Wainer, 2011), were highly satisfied with the program (Ingersoll and Dvortcsak 2006; Ingersoll and Wainer 2011), and ascribed gains in their child’s social communication skills directly to the program (Ingersoll and Dvortcsak 2006; Ingersoll and Wainer,2011). Child measures revealed an increase in language use (Ingersoll and Wainer, 2011). Teachers reported that participating parents’ ability to utilize techniques and the child’s social communication skills improved because of the program (Ingersoll and Dvortcsak 2006; Ingersoll and Wainer 2011). Topics will include the following: the importance of parent training as part of the intervention for children with ASD; overview of Project ImPACT; parent-mediated intervention model based on best practices; successful elements of PMI; intervention targets and social communication skills; naturalistic development behavioral intervention; and, preparation for Project ImPACT. Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, BACB, INFANT, ASHA

Speakers
avatar for Anna Dvortcsak

Anna Dvortcsak

Anna Dvortcsak, MS, CCC-SLP, is a speech pathologist in private practice in Portland, Oregon. She provides consulting, parent training and individual speech and language services to families and children with autism. Anna has experience conducting research on the efficacy of treatment... Read More →



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

9:00am

19. Ethics for Behavior Analysts: “The Good Place” - Deans Hall 1 & 2
This session is an enlightening approach to ethics, and an overview that is pragmatic and analytic. The tools a behavior analyst brings to the table with regards to interventions with clients should also be used to govern one’s own behavior. Ethics is a topic that is all encompassing, and practitioners can often face a variety of decisions that should be driven by ethics-related undercurrents. This session will provide an analysis of ethical behavioral approaches, practical applications, data collection techniques, and strategies to improve expertise and self-care. Welcome to the “Good Place” where behavior analysts can discuss daily decisions, integrity and principles that can occur and should be analyzed and managed to maintain professionalism. Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, BACB Ethics, INFANT

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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Rebekah Houck

Rebekah Houck, M.Ed., BCBA, is a behavior analyst who has been a consultant with the PaTTAN Autism Initiative since 2004. Her current work involves teacher and staff training, large and small group presentations, BACB supervision, and case study/research support for classrooms participating... Read More →



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

9:00am

22. Discovering Units of Analysis in our Concepts of Stimulus and Response - Room 106
In 1935 B.F. Skinner published the paper On the Generic Nature of the Concepts of Stimulus and Response. Skinner’s publication laid the foundation for a science of behavior and has changed the lives of countless individuals with and without disabilities. This presentation will detail how Skinner discovered lawful behavioral principles by allowing his own behavior to be shaped by the behavior of his subjects. Participants will learn the importance of identifying precise units of stimulus and response. Participants will also learn the role that such units play in the analysis of classroom events, such as identifying the stimulus and response classes of socially significant problem behaviors. Additionally, this presentation will provide a discussion of how the analytic units discovered and defined by Skinner can be incorporated into an understanding of the complex behaviors instructors aim to develop for their students on the autism spectrum. Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, BACB, INFANT

Speakers
avatar for David Roth

David Roth

David Roth is currently a behavior analyst consultant for the PATTAN Autism Initiative supporting public school classrooms throughout the state of Pennsylvania. He received his master’s degree in Behavior Analysis at California State University, Stanislaus. For over a decade, David... Read More →



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

9:00am

20. Teaching Advanced Mands - Presidents Hall 2
The basic principle of mand training is that the student will learn under conditions of motivation to ask for what they want. “Want it, say it, get it” is the basic formula. The mand repertoire utilized by proficient speakers in day-to-day interactions, however, involves more complicated environment-behavior relations. This session will describe complex multiply controlled mands and will review instructional protocols and skill sequences relative to complex mands. Practical considerations for addressing motivation to initiate the social interaction necessary for complex mands will be discussed. Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, BACB, INFANT, ASHA

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 →



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

1:15pm

32. Special Education Law and Ethical Issues for Behavior Analysts - Presidents Hall 1
This session will focus on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) and the issues that practicing behavior analyst should be apprised of. Participants will learn about federal requirements for conducting functional behavioral assessments, writing behavior intervention plans, understanding the term positive behavior supports as used in the IDEIA, and the requirements for independent educational evaluations including FBAs. Information will be provided in lecture format with case studies as examples. The legal and ethical responsibilities of a behavior analyst will be discussed. Time will be allotted for extensive question and answer around case study framework. Detailed handouts will be provided. Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, BACB Ethics, INFANT

Speakers
avatar for Missy Olive

Missy Olive

After many years in higher education, Melissa Olive, Ph.D., BCBA-D, “Missy”, founded Applied Behavioral Strategies. Missy has served on the Editorial Board of Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, Journal of Early Intervention, and Young Exceptional Children and she is... Read More →



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

1:15pm

33. Coaching Families on the Implementation of ABA Strategies in Everyday Routines - Room 207
Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, BACB, INFANT


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

1:15pm

27. (repeat of 13) A Step-Wise Approach to Behavioral Intervention: Implications for Behavioral Consultation - Presidents Hall 2
The presenter will describe a philosophy of behavioral intervention that is based on empirical evidence. He will begin with a discussion of strategies for prevention of severe behavior disorders. Next, he will describe the role of "healthy contingencies" in both the prevention and early intervention of behavior disorders. Third, he will discuss age-appropriate contingency management strategies. Fourth, he will discuss individualized intervention strategies. Finally, he will discuss limits in the scope of practice for behavior analysts, and the importance of collaboration with other professionals. Throughout, the presenter will offer time for questions and discussion. Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, BACB, INFANT, ASHA

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 →



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

1:15pm

30. Supervision Savvy - Room 206
In order to ensure that trainees possess the skills necessary to become competent behavioral analysts who are prepared to represent the field with integrity, it is essential for supervisors to take a behavior analytic and data driven approach to providing individualized quality supervision. This training will cover the components of competency-based supervision including systems for assessment, maintenance, and progress monitoring of trainee skill sets, use of behavior skills training (BST), and the delivery of effective performance feedback. Additionally, this training with review current requirements and upcoming changes to the supervision model. Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, BACB Supervision, INFANT, ASHA

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Kittenbrink

Rachel Kittenbrink

Dr. Rachel Kittenbrink received her master’s degree in special education from Vanderbilt University and a Ph.D. in special education from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Kittenbrink is the founder and director of Pittsburgh Behavioral Services, providing direct ABA services and... Read More →



Tuesday August 6, 2019 1:15pm - 4:15pm
TBA
 
Wednesday, August 7
 

9:00am

43. Teaching "Learning How to Learn" - A Functional Analysis of Curriculum Programming for Children with Autism - Presidents Hall 4
Following the publication of the Me book, the first textbook that outlined a behaviorally based instructional sequence for children with autism, numerous curriculum manuals have been published. Manuals have been invaluable in providing both parents and practitioners with sequences of objectives and behavioral procedures to establish verbal and nonverbal skills in children with autism. While some manuals have organized their objectives across traditional developmental areas, favoring a more structural approach to teach language skills, other have employed a functional approach to categorize language objectives. Regardless of their conceptual premise, all published manuals share common characteristics: they all provide a list of objectives that are operationally defined, for each objective they describe a prompt hierarchy, and a corresponding mastery criterion based on a number of specific responses to be demonstrated. In this presentation, I will attempt to illustrate a functional analysis of curriculum development and suggest an additional level of specificity in the design and implementation of behaviorally derived instructional sequences for children with autism. Firstly, I will suggest a way of organizing skills based on whether they constitute a generalized operant class or cumulative/finite skills and how such classification necessarily induces a consideration of mastery criteria for each skill. Secondly, I will endeavor to demonstrate how when behavioral topographies are brought under the relevant and multiple sources of environmental control they lead to rapid and generalized learning, enabling the child to acquire novel responses with minimal teaching. This conceptual framework will be illustrated in relation to two pivotal skills that may lay the foundation for the development of multiply controlled generalized verbal behavior: Simple and conditional discriminative learning and naming. Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, BACB, INFANT, ASHA

Speakers
avatar for Francesca degli Espinosa

Francesca degli Espinosa

Francesca degli Espinosa has worked with children with autism for more than 20 years. Her longstanding clinical and research interests are in advanced applications of contemporary analyses of verbal behavior (Horne & Lowe, 1996; Lowenkron, 1998, 2008; Michael, Palmer, & Sundberg... Read More →



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

9:00am

48. Maintaining Employee Performance: Specific Strategies for Training and Maintaining High Levels of Staff Fidelity - Deans Hall 1
When thinking about service delivery to individuals with autism, it is reasonable to stress the importance of well-trained staff. The teachers and direct-care workers shoulder huge responsibility when delivering treatment for the individuals they serve. The staff are expected to implement instructional protocols and behavior treatment plans that, if successful, should result in individuals with autism possessing a wider skill set, and engaging in skills and competencies more independently, with greater efficiency, all that should lead to a higher quality of life. Thus, it is critical to service provision that staff are trained to implement protocols and plans with great efficiency and fidelity. The quality of the interventions is important too, in that these interventions must result in accomplishing the stated goals that should lead to great client outcomes. But procedures designed to effectively train staff that leads to long-term maintenance must be identified and used for these purposes. This presentation will focus on many issues related to the training and maintenance to achieve those goals. Different training models will be presented, with outcome data being reported. Low- and high-tech staff training strategies will be discussed, along with common errors that staff make when implementing instructional and behavioral plans. Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, BACB, INFANT, ASHA

Speakers
avatar for Thomas Zane

Thomas Zane

Dr. Thomas Zane is a Professor of Practice and the Director of Online Behavior Analysis programs in the Department of Applied Behavioral Science at the University of Kansas. Dr. Zane earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in psychology at Western Michigan University and his... Read More →



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

9:00am

51. Ethical Issues Regarding the Assessment and Treatment of Feeding Difficulties (Picky Eaters) - Room 105
Many children with autism spectrum disorders develop food selectivity or what is also called “picky eating.” It is not uncommon for children to restrict their diets to one brand of chicken nuggets, to refuse to eat colored foods, or to consume only pureed foods. This training will focus on the ethical issues related to the assessment & treatment in behavioral feeding. Participants will also learn what medical, behavioral, and related service assessments should be completed before starting feeding therapy. Participants will discuss the ethical issues related to the use of various techniques such as deprivation, physical prompting, and extinction. Time will be available for questions and answers throughout the event.
Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, BACB Ethics, INFANT

Speakers
avatar for Missy Olive

Missy Olive

After many years in higher education, Melissa Olive, Ph.D., BCBA-D, “Missy”, founded Applied Behavioral Strategies. Missy has served on the Editorial Board of Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, Journal of Early Intervention, and Young Exceptional Children and she is... Read More →



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

9:00am

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
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Heidi Scriven

Heidi Scriven received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Neuroscience from Allegheny College. She went on to complete her BCBA coursework and earned her master’s degree in Special Education from the University of Pittsburgh. For the past 8 years, Ms. Scriven has worked... 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 →
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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 →
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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
TBA

9:00am

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
TBA

9:00am

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
TBA

9:00am

47. The Poisoned Cue and its Implications for Teaching and Social Interactions - Room 206
Much is known about discriminative stimuli established under either reinforcing or aversive stimuli and about how they work as conditioned reinforcers or conditioned aversive stimuli. However, little is known experimentally about discriminative stimuli established with both reinforcing as well as aversive events. It has been reported that the interaction between reinforcing and aversive events makes the discriminative function somewhat different from other discriminative stimuli (see Hearst & Sidman, 1961). Karen Pryor (2002) called this phenomenon the Poisoned Cue. She suggested that a cue, or SD, that is established using both reinforcing and aversive events leads to the breakdown of the behavior both preceding and following the cue. This may be due to an increase in avoidance behaviors and the uncertainty that exists regarding the consequence that will follow. The Poisoned Cue phenomenon is important because it reflects the majority of teaching situations in the real world. SDs in the real world are rarely taught with purely positive reinforcement or purely aversive consequences. This presentation will show an experimental analysis of the Poisoned Cue, and techniques to identify situations that might involve Poisoned Cues. It will also discuss ways to overcome these cues. Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, BACB, INFANT, ASHA

Speakers
avatar for Jesus Rosales-Ruiz

Jesus Rosales-Ruiz

Jesús Rosales-Ruiz is an associate professor at the University of North Texas in the Department of Behavior Analysis. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in 1995, under the mentorship of two pioneers in the field of behavior analysis, Donald M. Baer and Ogden R. Lindsley... Read More →



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

1:15pm

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
TBA

1:15pm

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
TBA

1:15pm

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
TBA

1:15pm

64. (repeat of 43) Teaching "Learning How to Learn" - A Functional Analysis of Curriculum Programming for Children with Autism - Presidents Hall 4
Following the publication of the Me book, the first textbook that outlined a behaviorally based instructional sequence for children with autism, numerous curriculum manuals have been published. Manuals have been invaluable in providing both parents and practitioners with sequences of objectives and behavioral procedures to establish verbal and nonverbal skills in children with autism. While some manuals have organized their objectives across traditional developmental areas, favoring a more structural approach to teach language skills, other have employed a functional approach to categorize language objectives. Regardless of their conceptual premise, all published manuals share common characteristics: they all provide a list of objectives that are operationally defined, for each objective they describe a prompt hierarchy, and a corresponding mastery criterion based on a number of specific responses to be demonstrated. In this presentation, I will attempt to illustrate a functional analysis of curriculum development and suggest an additional level of specificity in the design and implementation of behaviorally derived instructional sequences for children with autism. Firstly, I will suggest a way of organizing skills based on whether they constitute a generalized operant class or cumulative/finite skills and how such classification necessarily induces a consideration of mastery criteria for each skill. Secondly, I will endeavor to demonstrate how when behavioral topographies are brought under the relevant and multiple sources of environmental control they lead to rapid and generalized learning, enabling the child to acquire novel responses with minimal teaching. This conceptual framework will be illustrated in relation to two pivotal skills that may lay the foundation for the development of multiply controlled generalized verbal behavior: Simple and conditional discriminative learning and naming. Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, BACB, INFANT

Speakers
avatar for Francesca degli Espinosa

Francesca degli Espinosa

Francesca degli Espinosa has worked with children with autism for more than 20 years. Her longstanding clinical and research interests are in advanced applications of contemporary analyses of verbal behavior (Horne & Lowe, 1996; Lowenkron, 1998, 2008; Michael, Palmer, & Sundberg... Read More →



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

1:15pm

36. Effective Technologies in Evoking First Instances of Speech In Non-Vocal Children With Autism - Room 206
Various longitudinal studies indicate that children with autism spectrum disorder with speech impairments and minimal verbal skills have less favorable outcomes in life; hence, development of speech and communication in children with autism is both desired and beneficial. In this session, the duration to vocalization, vocal emergence by form and operant, vocalization in older children and relative success of the technologies used will be explored. Current research indicates an estimated 25-50% individuals with autism fail to develop vocal speech (DeWeerdt, 2013; Wodka, Mathy & Kalb, 2013). A current study spanning 6 years and 8 months reviewed technologies for emergence of vocals in 126 children. Non-vocals children between 1.8 to 13.5 years participated in four experiments that used delayed multiple baseline design across subjects. Experiment 1 studied the role of sign-mand training and paired vocals on the emergence of speech in 58 participants. Experiment 2 studied the effect of vocal prompt delays during sign-mand training on three children who failed to acquire vocals on experiment 1 for 9-33 weeks. Experiment 3 studied the additive effect of intraverbal training with paired auditory stimulus on 46 children who failed to acquire vocals after 12-40 weeks of sign-mand training. In experiment 4 a treatment package of sign-mand training and intraverbal training with paired vocals were introduced on 19 children. Of the total 126 children across all experiments, 105 (83%) emerged with vocals meeting the mastery criteria (n=seven vocals) with permanent effects. The mean IOA of the study was 89% (range 83%-94% and treatment integrity 86% (range 57%-100%). Retrospective data analysis suggested age of children was not a determinant for vocal emergence. Children up to an age of 13.5 years acquired first vocals. The first instances of speech emerged across various verbal operants such as mands, echoic-mands, echoics and intraverbals. Motivating operation accounted for 65% of initial vocals however, 27% first vocals also emerged as intraverbal fill-ins. Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, BACB, INFANT

Speakers
avatar for Smita Awasthi

Smita Awasthi

Smita Awasthi completed her Masters (Psych) as a University topper in 1983 and a PG Dip in Counseling from NCERT, India. She completed her ABA Education from University of North Texas, USA (2004) to become the first Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) from India. She continues... Read More →



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

1:15pm

68. Early Development of Social Reciprocity: Developmental Social Neuroscience Meets Public Health Challenge - Presidents Hall 3
This presentation highlights the critical role of early diagnosis and intervention in attenuating the symptoms of autism. Data will be presented on early diagnostic indicators obtained through eye-tracking-based behavioral assays that quantify the social disabilities in autism. The results of these assays were used to generate "growth charts" of normative social engagement, and the deviations from the norm were taken as early indicators of risk. These methods yielded high sensitivity and specificity for the screening of infants. The ultimate goal of this effort is to develop objective and quantitative tools for the detection of autism in infancy, tools that might be deployed in primary care practices. This work will be contextualized in terms of recent developmental social neuroscience research with toddlers with autism, which implicated developmentally very early emerging, and evolutionarily highly conserved, mechanisms of social adaptation that set the stage for reciprocal social interaction, which in term represent the platform for early social brain development. These mechanisms of socialization are under stringent genetic control, setting the scientific basis for parent-delivered, community-viable, early treatment in which social engagement is “engineered” via daily activities, thus impacting a child’s development during every moment of social interaction. Effective screening of infants would be unethical without a clinical infrastructure providing access to family support and early intervention for those screened positive. Through a collaboration with Dr. Amy Wetherby, we are now establishing tools and procedures for the full integration of primary care physicians and early intervention providers with the goal of establishing a new system of healthcare delivery for infants & toddlers with autism spectrum disorders. This system deploys “Early Social Interaction” as its modality of parent-delivered treatment. Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, INFANT

Speakers
avatar for Ami Klin

Ami Klin

Ami Klin, Ph.D., is the Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar Professor and Chief of the Division of Autism and Developmental Disabilities at Emory University School of Medicine, and Director of the Marcus Autism Center, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. He obtained his Ph.D... Read More →



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

2:45pm

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
TBA

2:45pm

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
TBA

2:45pm

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
TBA
 
Thursday, August 8
 

9:00am

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 received her master’s degree in special education from Vanderbilt University and a Ph.D. in special education from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Kittenbrink is the founder and director of Pittsburgh Behavioral Services, providing direct ABA services and... Read More →



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

9:00am

78. The Role of Fluency in Programming for Children with Language Delays - Presidents Hall 4
One educational method that is highly effective and supported by published evidence is fluency training. Fluency training is implemented for skills that a child can demonstrate but not at a speed that is efficient. It serves to build the rate at which particular skills are emitted. Many educators are familiar with fluency for academic skills such as words read correctly per minute. This session will discuss atomic repertoires and the component/composite analysis for operants using fluency training. Rate data is a valid measurement and fluency instruction is an effective teaching tool, however, an analysis of when to use such tools is important for maximizing effective instructional time. Skills taught to fluency aims serve to build retention, endurance, stability and promote generalization for more complex language. Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, BACB, INFANT, ASHA

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 →



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

9:00am

76. Converging Qualities of Personal Competence: What They Are and How to Teach Them - Presidents Hall 3
What is to be taught? How is learning to occur? What makes for a truly successful learner? Educators are increasingly looking to the learning and psychological sciences for help in answering these questions. Covering content is no longer considered adequate, nor is a simple emphasis on the purely academic domain sufficient. Educators are being challenged with developing competencies that extend beyond what might be called the cognitive domain. This is especially important for children with developmental challenges. Often efforts focus solely on competencies in what might be termed the “cognitive domain.” In addition to cognitive competencies, three other competencies have been identified that some have suggested are essential for learners to master metacognitive, social/emotional, and motivational competencies. Although there is an emerging consensus that these are important, there is not wide- spread agreement on precisely how these competencies are defined and how they may be acquired. This workshop provides a behavioral description of each competency, how each may be taught, and how the competencies converge, that is, how each competency may contribute an important component (or components) to another. Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, BACB, INFANT, ASHA

Speakers
avatar for T.V. Joe Layng

T.V. Joe Layng

T. V. Joe Layng has nearly 50 years of experience in the experimental and applied analysis of behavior with a particular focus on the design of teaching/learning environments. in 1971 he founded the Center for Innovative Design and Programed Instruction at Western Illinois University... Read More →



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

1:15pm

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
TBA

1:15pm

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
TBA

1:15pm

87. Token Reinforcement: Bridging the Gap between Science and Application - Room 206
Token economies are among the oldest and most widely used procedures in applied behavior analysis. Unlike other successful technologies in behavior analysis, however, there has been little substantive contact between applied and basic research with token reinforcement over the years. Despite some 50 years of applied work on token economies, surprisingly little is known about the variables responsible for their effectiveness; they are rarely based on an understanding of the basic principles involved. This is beginning to change, as recent translational research is beginning to uncover the behavioral roots of token reinforcement. In this talk, I will discuss some research from laboratory and applied settings, designed to illustrate the benefits of an integrated approach to research and application. I will also provide concrete examples of how such knowledge of basic processes is translated into clinical practice. This type of function-based applied research has the potential to rapidly advance both the science and application of token systems. Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, BACB, INFANT, ASHA

Speakers
avatar for Tim Hackenberg

Tim Hackenberg

Tim Hackenberg received a B.A. in psychology from the University of California, Irvine in 1982 and a doctorate in psychology from Temple University in 1987, under the supervision of Philip Hineline. He held a postdoctoral research position at the University of Minnesota with Travis... Read More →



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