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Social & Language Intervention for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

October 9, 2013
Where
Salvatore's Italian Gardens
6461 Transit Road, Depew, NY 14043 United States

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Morning Session (Begins at 8:30am) — Improving the Social Behavior and Observational Learning Skills of Children with Autism

Bridget A. Taylor, PsyD, BCBA-D
Co-founder and Executive Director, Alpine Learning Group

Existing research has documented the efficacy of a wide of range of interventions to facilitate social responses in children with autism (e.g., incidental teaching, video modeling, script fading, audio-tape prompts, and contrived establishing operations). Less well researched are procedures to increase observational learning skills. This presentation will review research-based strategies for increasing the social responses of children with autism, and emerging research examining procedures to facilitate observational learning. The presentation will also focus on specific variables that affect motivation to enhance generalization and maintenance of skills beyond structured teaching interactions. Videotaped examples will be used to illustrate both teaching procedures and specific skills to target.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify research based strategies to facilitate the verbal behavior and social behavior of children with autism
  2. Identify relevant skills to target given child’s skill profile
  3. Identify variables that impact motivation
  4. Identify ways to contrive establishing operations to promote language
  5. Identify ways to contrive establishing operations to promote social behavior
  6. Identify the variables that effect response allocation
  7. Identify variables to consider when prioritizing objectives and considering interventions

Afternoon Session (Begins at 1:00pm) — Team Collaboration in the provision of Evidence Based services for children with autism: Learning Opportunities among Therapists, Educators, Psychologists, and Behavior Analysts to assist the Child & Parents

Coleen Sparkman, M.A. CCC-SLP Director, Therapeutic Pathways/Kendall School 

Autism therapies are considered in the context of differences in theory, practice, and acceptable evidence from the disciplines of psychology, behavior analysis, and speech and language pathology and other related therapies/proprofessionals. Real conversations from IEPs, team meetings, and fair hearings will be used to demonstrate how these disciplinary differences lead to confusion for parents trying to determine what is best for their child. Contributions from the presenter’s practice of integrating speech and language therapy goals, developmental benchmarks, and applied behavior analysis practices will identify learning opportunities where aggressive language programming might be beneficial to the child.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify evidence-based practices for (speech and language?) therapy goals
  2. Identify appropriate developmental benchmarks for vocabulary growth that the entire team can utilize
  3. Identify appropriate range of learning opportunities for child with autism spectrum disorder
  4. Describe how to advocate for appropriate levels of service for a child with ASD
  5. Discuss collaborative goals for children on the spectrum

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Conference Schedule 
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7:30 am - Registration/Continental Breakfast
8:30 am - Start Morning Session – Bridget Taylor, PsyD, BCBA
10:00 am - Break
10:15 am - Session Resumes
12:00 pm - Buffet Lunch
1:00 pm - Start Afternoon Session – Coleen Sparkman, M.A., CCC-SLP
2:15 pm - Break
2:30 pm - Session Resumes
4:00 pm - Conference Ends

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