Expand Your Definition of ABA

Did you know ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) goes way beyond, “Come here?” and, “What color?”  ABA has a reputation of being limited to teaching functional skills, simple academics and basic language and social skills.  In reality, these limitations only exist when service providers lack the resources (funding) for a comprehensive program and/or lack training in current applications of ABA.

ABA can and is used to teach any socially desirable behavior. As a science, ABA applies the principles of human behavior to change socially significant behaviors (decrease undesirable behaviors and increase or teach desirable behaviors.) ABA is used with people of all ages and abilities for a wide variety of purposes, including business management, athletic performance, sleep disorders, AIDS prevention, adherence to medical protocols, public and industrial safety, environmental conservation and much more.  It is also used to effectively teach many complex social, cognitive and functional skills to individuals with autism and Asperger’s.

Do you want to expand your understanding of ABA?

On January 17th, in Van Nuys, California, CARD is sponsoring a day-long workshop about teaching specific complex skills to individuals with autism!  This event, Advanced Behavior Intervention Workshop, is being presented by Autism Research Group (ARG) and is geared towards professionals and caregivers working with individuals on the  autism spectrum.

Five topics will be presented.  “Teaching Safety Skills to Individuals with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities” will address a wide array of safety skills, including fire safety and stranger abduction. The second seminar, “Addressing ‘Theory of Mind’/Perspective-Taking Deficits in Treatment Planning” will review the social cognitive deficits associated with autism and when and how to incorporate perspective-taking interventions into a treatment program.  “Addressing Executive Function Deficits in Treatment Planning” will explore deficits in planning and organization in individuals with autism and appropriate intervention strategies.  “Curriculum Programming for Children with Perspective-Taking and Executive Functioning Deficits” expands on the information from the previous seminars, providing hands-on experience in developing individualized curriculum programs for individuals in these areas.  The final presentation, “Treating Feeding Disorders in Real-Life Settings,” takes the treatment of feeding disorders from theory to practice. 

With over 60 years of combined experience in research and the application of ABA to children with autism, the speakers include Jonathan Tarbox, PhD, BCBA-D, Adel Nadjowski, PhD, BCBA-D, Catherine Minch, PhD, BCBA-D, and Ryan Bergstrom, MA, BCBA.  All speakers have extensive experience training and teaching both parents and professionals.  Presentations are specifically intended to be functional  and applicable in real life settings.

For professionals, the conference will provide CE units for BCBAs, BCaBAs, MFT’s and LCSW’s.  For parents, the conference provides some insight into the potential of your child’s ABA programming, while addressing serious parental concerns.

Learn more and register for the conference here: http://workshop.autismresearchgroup.org/