In a recent study, CARD Researchers Dr. Michele Bishop and Dr. Amy Kenzer found group classroom training to be effective in teaching behavioral therapists to administer brief preference assessments to children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). A major component of applied behavior analysis (ABA) treatment is the delivery of preferred stimuli as reinforcement. Therefore, preference assessments are conducted to identify highly preferred stimuli. Such assessments ought to be conducted frequently since a child’s preferences may change. For this reason, Dr. Michele Bishop and Dr. Amy Kenzer set out to evaluate the effectiveness of classroom training in teaching behavioral therapists to administer brief preference assessments to children with ASD during therapy sessions.
In a recent study, CARD researchers Averil Schiff, Dr. Jonathan Tarbox, Taira Lanagan, and Peter Farag found behavioral intervention to increase compliance with liquid medications in a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Children with ASD often have trouble taking medications in both pill and liquid form. For this reason, CARD researchers set out to evaluate the effectiveness of behavioral intervention in improving compliance with liquid medications in a child with ASD.
The goal of any ABA therapist is to help improve the life of the child they work with and their family using the principles of behavior analysis. By using NET, these real life applications are addressed. Throughout this past month I have learned that as you get to know a child better, you are more equipped for NET because you know what generalized skills the child could really use and are able to use reinforcers that you understand are the child’s favorite to create these effective changes and improvements in their life. Such skills as answering the phone when it rings, asking for the child’s favorite movie when they want to watch it, and responding appropriately to a sibling make life for the child and the family a whole lot easier.
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Austin Beutner recently served as the deputy mayor of Los Angeles, and had the task of solving some of the city’s largest economic problems. Austin has vast expertise in creating, building, and managing large businesses, and supporters believe that this experience will enable him to reform the city-wide bureaucratic systems that often stifle efforts for improvement.
Now CARD is launching a new tool in the war against autism called Skills™. Skills takes the entire CARD curriculum and makes it accessible to parents, teachers and caregivers around the world. Skills makes it possible, after an extensive assessment, to customize a program that is uniquely tailored to teach an individual child based on their specific needs. It takes the help my child received and makes it portable. It used to be that your child needed to live within 30 miles of a CARD office in order to benefit from this knowledge. Now there are no boundaries on how far this tool can reach.