This event is designed to provide an overview of Disability and evidence-based treatment methods for parents, educators, caregivers, and others affected by autism and related intellectual and developmental disabilities. Participants will gain an understanding of the practice of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and the important role ABA practitioners play in the prevention and treatment of these conditions.
In this three-hour event, the following topics to be discussed include:
Origins of Disability: From Discovery to Diagnosis.
Segregation, Integration, and Innovation: Historical trends in the treatment of individuals with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Introduction to evidence-based treatments and Applied Behavior Analysis.
Decreasing challenging behavior using systematic, function-based interventions.
Increasing adaptive skills that replace challenging responses.
Applying behavior analysis at home, school, and in the community.
Local resources for families, educators, and caregivers affected by disability and autism.
Following this event, participants should be able to:
Describe the root causes of common intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Discuss the uncertainty surrounding the source of Autism.
Describe historical trends in the diagnosis and treatment of disabilities in the United States and other countries.
Identify basic principles of applied behavior analysis.
Describe various evidence-based interventions for managing challenging behavior and increasing functional skills.
List local resources that support families, eductors, and caregivers affected by disability and autism.