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August 1 – 4, 2016
The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel
State College, Pennsylvania

Conference Schedule

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Sunday, August 2

3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Registration

Monday, August 3

7:00 am to 4:30 pm

Registration

8:45 am to 4:15 pm

Children's Institute

9:00 am to 10:00 am

1. Conference Welcome and Pennsylvania Updates

This presentation will welcome participants to the conference and provide a quick update on Pennsylvania's efforts...

Beginner All Participants Act 48, ASHA, BACB, INF, OT, Psych, PT

10:00 am to 11:00 am

2. Opening Keynote: EIBI, ASD, and the Forward March of Behavior Analysis

Mankind continues to be guided by ancient, flawed ideas. One of the most pernicious of these ideas attributes...

Beginner All Participants Act 48, ASHA, BACB, INF, OT, Psych, PT

11:00 am to 11:30 am

3. NIH Translational Research: The Dawn of Implementation Science

Autism Research Updates 2015

Beginner All Participants Act 48, ASHA, INF, OT, Psych, PT

11:30 am to 5:00 pm

Exhibit Hall

11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Lunch

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

4a. Update on Research on Verbal Behavior and Autism

Behavior-analytic research on teaching verbal behavior to individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is...

Intermediate Behavior Analysts, Education Professionals, Parents Act 48, ASHA, BACB, INF, OT, Psych, PT
4b. Bringing Science to the Community: A New System of Health Care Delivery for Infants and Toddlers with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Highlighting the critical role of early diagnosis and intervention in attenuating the symptoms of autism, data will...

Beginner Behavior Analysts, Education Professionals, Educational Professionals In Early Intervention, Parents Act 48, ASHA, INF, OT, Psych, PT
5a. An Introduction to the National Autism Conference and Applied Behavior Analysis

This presentation will include a brief overview of evidence-based interventions for students with autism. Since most...

Beginner First time conference attendees Act 48, ASHA, BACB, INF, OT, Psych, PT
5b. Transition to College for Students on the Autism Spectrum

An increasing number of students on the autism spectrum are transitioning to college and other postsecondary...

Beginner Behavior Analysts, Education Professionals, Parents Act 48, ASHA, OT, Psych, PT
6. The Role of Establishing Basic Skill Sets That Lead to Novel Responding

In the laboratory, we can "shape" complex behavior through many cycles of reinforcement, behavioral variation, and...

Advanced Behavior Analysts, Education Professionals Act 48, ASHA, BACB, OT, Psych, PT
7. Behavioral Approaches to Teaching Executive Function Skills Intermediate Behavior Analysts, Education Professionals, Parents Act 48, ASHA, BACB, INF, OT, Psych, PT
8. What Do We Know about the Genetics of Autism?

Autism is a childhood neurodevelopmental disorder with a high estimated prevalence of approximately 1 in 50 live...

Intermediate Administrators, Behavior Analysts, Education Professionals, Parents, Related Service Providers Act 48, ASHA, INF, OT, Psych, PT

4:15 pm to 5:15 pm

9. Recent Developments at the Behavior Analyst Certification Board

The presenter will discuss recent developments at the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). The most current...

Beginner All Participants Act 48, BACB, INF, OT, Psych, PT

Tuesday, August 4

7:30 am to 4:30 pm

Registration

8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Exhibit Hall

8:45 am to 4:30 pm

Children's Institute

9:00 am to 12:00 pm

10. Meeting the Milestones: Implementing a Verbal Behavior Program for Children with Autism (repeat)

This presentation will focus on developing a language intervention program for children with autism that is based on...

Intermediate Behavior Analysts, Education Professionals, Parents Act 48, ASHA, BACB, INF, OT, Psych, PT
11. Advanced Treatment Methods: The Generic Power of Behavior Analysis

The practice of behavior analysis has been misinterpreted since its inauguration in the middle of the twentieth...

Intermediate Behavior Analysts, Education Professionals, Parents Act 48, ASHA, BACB, INF, OT, Psych, PT
12. Ethics for Behavior Analysts and Other Professionals Serving Individuals with Autism and Their Families (repeat)

Our presentation will focus on important ethical considerations that professionals in human services should make...

Intermediate Behavior Analysts, Education Professionals, Parents Act 48, ASHA, BACB, INF, OT, Psych, PT
13. Sleep in Children with Autism — Helping Families Get the Rest They Need

We all need sleep to function well throughout the day. We have all experienced times when we haven't slept well, and...

Beginner Behavior Analysts, Education Professionals, Parents Act 48, ASHA, BACB, INF, OT, Psych, PT
14. Teaching Communication at Home: Social Initiation and Communication Deficits Are Hallmarks of Autism

Some children have not yet learned that interacting and communicating with others can be fun, reinforcing, or...

Beginner Parents Act 48, ASHA, BACB, INF, OT, Psych, PT
15. The Role of Establishing Basic Skill Sets That Lead to Novel Responding (repeat)

In the laboratory, we can "shape" complex behavior through many cycles of reinforcement, behavioral variation, and...

Advanced Behavior Analysts, Education Professionals Act 48, ASHA, BACB, OT, Psych, PT
16. Postsecondary Education Transition Considerations for Students with Autism Beginner Administrators, Education Professionals, Parents Act 48, ASHA, OT, Psych, PT 17. Evidence-Based Early Identification and Intervention Practices for Infants and Toddlers with ASD and Their Families

Note: This extended session involves attending both morning and afternoon time periods.

Autism Spectrum...

Intermediate Educational Professionals In Early Intervention, Parents Act 48, ASHA, INF, OT, Psych, PT
18. Supporting Social Relationships and Learning: The Power and Practice of Peer-Mediated Intervention

This presentation will address the effectiveness and feasibility of peer-mediated interventions as evidence-based...

Intermediate Administrators, Behavior Analysts, Education Professionals Act 48, ASHA, OT, Psych, PT
19. Teaching Functional Skills to Individuals with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities

This session is an introduction to teaching functional skills and Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) to individuals...

Beginner Behavior Analysts, Education Professionals, Parents Act 48, ASHA, BACB, INF, OT, Psych, PT
20. Technology for Teaching and Learning: Tools You Can Use Right Now

"I'd like to use more technology in my teaching, but I'm not sure what or how." "My learner likes playing on the...

Intermediate Behavior Analysts, Education Professionals, Parents Act 48, ASHA, BACB, INF, OT, Psych, PT
21. Teaching Children to Ask Meaningful Questions

In the teaching of reasoning, a set of questions may be provided for a learner to ask, a strategy that leads them to...

Intermediate Behavior Analysts, Education Professionals Act 48, ASHA, BACB, OT, Psych, PT

12:00 pm to 1:15 pm

Lunch

1:15 pm to 4:15 pm

17. Evidence-Based Early Identification and Intervention Practices for Infants and Toddlers with ASD and Their Families (continued)

Note: This extended session involves attending both morning and afternoon time periods.

Autism Spectrum...

Intermediate Educational Professionals In Early Intervention, Parents Act 48, ASHA, INF, OT, Psych, PT
22. Meeting the Milestones: Implementing a Verbal Behavior Program for Children with Autism (repeat)

This presentation will focus on developing a language intervention program for children with autism that is based on...

Intermediate Behavior Analysts, Education Professionals, Parents Act 48, ASHA, BACB, INF, OT, Psych, PT
23. Behavior Momentum: Clinical Applications of the High Probability Command Sequence

Behavior momentum, more commonly called the high-probability command sequence (HPCS), is an important element of...

Beginner Behavior Analysts, Education Professionals, Parents Act 48, ASHA, BACB, INF, OT, Psych, PT
24. Ethics for Behavior Analysts and Other Professionals Serving Individuals with Autism and Their Families (repeat)

Our presentation will focus on important ethical considerations that professionals in human services should make...

Intermediate Behavior Analysts, Education Professionals, Parents Act 48, ASHA, BACB, INF, OT, PT
26. Introduction to Sign Language for Students with Autism

This presentation will focus on teaching sign language to children with autism. The participants can learn the...

Beginner Education Professionals, Parents Act 48, ASHA, BACB, INF, OT, Psych, PT
27. Behaviorism: An Essential Survival Tool for Practitioners in Autism

Skilled ABA practice requires expertise in the basic science of operant behavior, methods of measuring and...

Intermediate Behavior Analysts, Education Professionals Act 48, ASHA, BACB, INF, OT, Psych, PT
28. Workforce Transition Consideration for Students with Autism Beginner Administrators, Education Professionals, Parents Act 48, ASHA, OT, Psych, PT 29. Supporting Social Relationships and Learning: The Power and Practice of Peer-Mediated Interventions

This presentation will address the effectiveness and feasibility of peer-mediated interventions as evidence-based...

Intermediate Administrators, Behavior Analysts, Education Professionals Act 48, ASHA, INF, OT, Psych, PT
30. Feeding Problems in Autism Spectrum Disorders: Home- and Community-Based Solutions

Problems with feeding and eating are common among children with autism spectrum disorders. Some children eat only a...

Beginner Behavior Analysts, Education Professionals, Parents Act 48, ASHA, BACB, INF, OT, Psych, PT
31. Personalized Learning and Competency-Based Education for Students with ASD

Two relatively new initiatives by the U.S. Department of Education reflect "best practices" that have been used with...

Intermediate Behavior Analysts, Education Professionals, Parents Act 48, ASHA, BACB, OT, Psych, PT
32. Early Numeracy and Beginning Math Concepts

Early numeracy concepts and skills are essential for continued achievement in mathematics. Structuring students'...

Beginner Behavior Analysts, Education Professionals, Parents Act 48, ASHA, BACB, OT, Psych, PT

4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

33. Follow-up Focus Meeting from 2014 Conference for Students Transitioning to Work or College

HFA Meeting

Wednesday, August 5

8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Registration

8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Exhibit Hall

8:45 am to 4:30 pm

Children's Institute

9:00 am to 12:00 pm

34. Functional Analysis of Problem Behavior: Basic Methods, Extensions, and Challenges (repeat)

This presentation will review the learning mechanisms by which problem behaviors such as aggression, self-injury,...

Intermediate Behavior Analysts, Education Professionals, Parents Act 48, ASHA, BACB, INF, OT, Psych, PT
35. Social Skills: Where to Start and How Skills Streaming Can Play a Role

This presentation will examine learner profiles based on the VB-MAPP and how to attempt to facilitate social...

Beginner Administrators, Education Professionals, Parents Act 48, ASHA, BACB, INF, OT, Psych, PT
36. Schedules of Reinforcement: Clinical Applications and Issues

Schedules of reinforcement are essential elements of treatment and educational plans. Sequencing various reinforcers...

Beginner Behavior Analysts, Education Professionals, Parents Act 48, ASHA, BACB, INF, OT, Psych, PT
37. The Role of Joint Control in Teaching Complex Listener Responding to Children with Autism (repeat)

Skinner’s (1957) analysis of language has much to offer clinicians interested in teaching verbal behavior to persons...

Intermediate Behavior Analysts, Education Professionals Act 48, ASHA, BACB, OT, Psych, PT
38. Evidence-Based Practices for Preschool Students with Autism Beginner Educational Professionals In Early Intervention, Parents Act 48, ASHA, BACB, INF, OT, Psych, PT 39. Effective Instruction to Develop Willing Learners Beginner Education Professionals, Parents Act 48, ASHA, BACB, OT, Psych, PT
40. Charting a Reasonable Dream

Dr. McGreevy will describe the goals of both developmental skills and functional skills curricula and when to use...

Beginner Behavior Analysts, Education Professionals, Parents Act 48, ASHA, BACB, OT, Psych, PT
41. Transitioning to Adulthood: Accessing Pennsylvania's Adult Autism Programs and Resources Beginner Act 48, OT, Psych, PT
42. Best Practices in Early Intensive Intervention: Guidelines and Considerations

Behavior analytic research in early intensive intervention continues to advance treatments designed to improve the...

Beginner Educational Professionals In Early Intervention, Parents Act 48, ASHA, BACB, INF, OT, Psych, PT
43. Introduction to Math Instruction Using the CRA Model

Concrete Representational Abstract (CRA) is a gradual systematic approach to teaching mathematical concepts and...

Beginner Behavior Analysts, Education Professionals, Parents Act 48, ASHA, BACB, OT, Psych, PT
44. Autism-Related Wandering: Strategies for Prevention and Response

Since 2008, the National Autism Association has been working on the issue of wandering and elopement. Through its...

Beginner Education Professionals, Parents Act 48, ASHA, OT, Psych, PT
45. Treatment Integrity, Transcription and Supervision Workshop Intermediate Administrators, Behavior Analysts, Education Professionals Act 48, ASHA, BACB, OT, Psych, PT
46. Meaningful IEP and Program Development Beginner Administrators, Behavior Analysts, Education Professionals, Parents Act 48, ASHA, BACB, OT, Psych, PT

12:00 pm to 1:15 pm

Lunch

1:15 pm to 4:15 pm

47. Functional Analysis of Problem Behavior: Basic Methods, Extensions, and Challenges (repeat)

This presentation will review the learning mechanisms by which problem behaviors such as aggression, self-injury,...

Intermediate Behavior Analysts, Education Professionals, Parents Act 48, ASHA, BACB, INF, OT, Psych, PT
48. Teaming with General Education Teachers for Optimum Results Intermediate Administrators, Behavior Analysts, Education Professionals, Parents Act 48, ASHA, OT, Psych, PT
49. A Behavioral Approach to Sensory Challenges

This workshop will provide evidence-based procedures to overcome behavioral challenges that are often referred to as...

Beginner Behavior Analysts, Education Professionals, Parents Act 48, ASHA, BACB, INF, OT, Psych, PT
50. The Role of Joint Control in Teaching Complex Listener Responding to Children with Autism (repeat)

Skinner’s (1957) analysis of language has much to offer clinicians interested in teaching verbal behavior to persons...

Intermediate Behavior Analysts, Education Professionals Act 48, ASHA, BACB, OT, Psych, PT
51. Teaching Verbal Conditional Discrimination: A Framework for Organizing Language Curricula to Establish Generalized Question-Answering in Children with Autism (repeat)

Although a number of curricular guides for teaching language to children with autism exist, little research has yet...

Advanced Behavior Analysts, Education Professionals Act 48, ASHA, BACB, INF, OT, Psych, PT
52. Advanced Mand Procedures and Protocols Intermediate Behavior Analysts, Education Professionals Act 48, ASHA, BACB, OT, Psych, PT
53. OBM in Practice: Improving Staff Performance in Human Service Settings

This presentation will describe an evidence-based approach to training, supervising, and motivating education and...

Intermediate Administrators, Behavior Analysts, Education Professionals Act 48, BACB, INF, OT, Psych, PT
54. Overview of the Essential Components of Literacy: Connections to Instruction for Students with Autism

Participants can gain an understanding of the "Essential Components of Reading Instruction (the 5 Big Ideas)."...

Beginner Education Professionals, Parents Act 48, ASHA, OT, Psych, PT
55. Early Intervention: Your First Step as an Active and Informed Parent for Your Child

This session will provide an overview of Early Intervention from determining eligibility, promoting child progress,...

Beginner Educational Professionals In Early Intervention, Parents Act 48, ASHA, INF, OT, Psych, PT
56. Alternate Eligible Content/Instruction and PASA: Current Information and Future Direction

Participants will receive the most recent information with regard to Pennsylvania's alternate eligible content and...

Beginner Administrators, Education Professionals, Parents Act 48, ASHA, OT, Psych, PT
57. ACT Training for Parents Beginner Parents Act 48, ASHA, BACB, OT, Psych, PT 58. Speech Basics for Children with Autism: Strategies for the Classroom and Home

Many children with autism do not acquire vocal verbal behavior as their primary form of communication. To overcome...

Beginner Behavior Analysts, Education Professionals, Parents Act 48, ASHA, BACB, INF, OT, Psych, PT
59. Programming and Instruction for Generalization and Generativity Intermediate Administrators, Behavior Analysts, Education Professionals, Parents Act 48, ASHA, BACB, OT, Psych, PT

4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

60. Poster Session, Reception, and The Art of Expression Exhibit

Thursday, August 6

8:00 am to 9:00 am

Registration

8:30 am to 1:00 pm

Exhibit Hall

8:45 am to 5:15 pm

Children's Institute

9:00 am to 12:00 pm

61. Legal Issues for Students with ASD

This session will provide a fast-paced review and ample handout materials for (a) the basic legal foundation under...

Intermediate Administrators, Behavior Analysts, Education Professionals, Parents Act 48, ASHA, INF, OT, Psych, PT
62. Teaching Handwriting to Students with Autism

This presentation will provide evidence-based strategies for teaching writing to students. Objective data collection...

Beginner Behavior Analysts, Education Professionals, Parents Act 48, ASHA, BACB, INF, OT, Psych, PT
63. Teaching Verbal Conditional Discrimination: A Framework for Organizing Language Curricula to Establish Generalized Question-Answering in Children with Autism (repeat)

Although a number of curricular guides for teaching language to children with autism exist, little research has yet...

Advanced Behavior Analysts, Education Professionals Act 48, ASHA, BACB, INF, OT, Psych, PT
64. Motivating Operations and Reinforcers: Further Analysis of Effects and Interaction

A motivating operation (MO) is an antecedent event that momentarily alters the value of a consequence and...

Intermediate Behavior Analysts, Education Professionals Act 48, ASHA, BACB, INF, OT, Psych, PT
65. Getting Unstuck and On Target: Practical Solutions for Building Executive Function Skills

This presentation will highlight a new intervention framework focusing on executive functioning (EF) in ASD,...

Intermediate Administrators, Behavior Analysts, Education Professionals, Educational Professionals In Early Intervention, New Teachers, Parents, Related Service Providers Act 48, ASHA, BACB, OT, Psych, PT
66. Friends and Fitness: Strong Friendships! Strong Bodies!

Development of friendships is a challenge for individuals with autism. Many friendships are built around recess,...

Beginner Behavior Analysts, Education Professionals, Parents Act 48, ASHA, BACB, OT, Psych, PT
67. Organized Knowledge and Organized Life: How the Science of Behavior Analysis Offers the Philosophy and Technology to Provide the Most Effective Treatment for Individuals with ASD

Autism spectrum disorders present a vast array of challenges to parents, family, and treatment team members. The...

Beginner Administrators, Behavior Analysts, Education Professionals, New Teachers, Parents, Related Service Providers Act 48, ASHA, BACB, INF, OT, Psych, PT
68. Using Evidence-Based Practice to Develop Speech and Language Skills

This session will discuss how analyzing communication as verbal behavior provides sequenced, cohesive, and effective...

Beginner Behavior Analysts, Education Professionals, Parents Act 48, BACB, INF, OT, Psych, PT
69. Pennsylvania's Systemic Improvement Plan to Increase School Completion Rates for Students with Disabilities

The State Performance Plan/Annual Performance Report (SPP/APR) of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA)...

Beginner Administrators, Education Professionals Act 48, ASHA, BACB, OT, Psych, PT

12:00 pm to 1:15 pm

Lunch

1:15 pm to 2:15 pm

70. Programming for Research and Evidence-Based Social Skills (repeat)

Utilizing research-based Social Skills Improvement System (SSIS) assessment tool and the National Professional...

All Participants Act 48, OT, Psych, PT
71. Successful Implementation of ABA/VB Programming in a Secondary Classroom: The Challenges and Successes of Developing a "First Time" ABA/VB Classroom for Learners at the Secondary Level (repeat)

The classroom teacher will present how she and her team successfully implemented ABA/VB programming in a secondary...

Beginner All Participants Act 48, OT, Psych, PT
72. Use of a Three-Tiered PBIS Model to Deliver Evidence-Based Services to Students with Autism (repeat) Beginner All Participants Act 48, OT, Psych, PT 73. Accessing Independent Leisure and Social Skills (repeat)

Social skills and self-efficacy are important building blocks to functional independence and quality of life for...

Beginner All Participants Act 48, OT, Psych, PT
74. Teaching Secondary Students Job Skills (repeat) Beginner All Participants Act 48, BACB, OT, Psych, PT 75. Practices to Promote Social Skills in School Settings (repeat) Beginner All Participants Act 48, BACB, OT, Psych, PT
76. Supporting Effective Academic Instructional Practices in School Settings Beginner All Participants Act 48, BACB, OT, Psych, PT 77a. Natural Environmental Training Beginner All Participants Act 48, BACB, OT, Psych, PT
77b. Autism at Work Pilot Program Beginner All Participants Act 48, OT, Psych, PT

2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

78. Programming for Research and Evidence-Based Social Skills (repeat)

Utilizing the research-based Social Skills Improvement System (SSIS) assessment tool and the National Professional...

All Participants Act 48, OT, Psych, PT
79. Successful Implementation of ABA/VB Programming in a Secondary Classroom: The Challenges and Successes of Developing a "First Time" ABA/VB Classroom for Learners at the Secondary Level (repeat)

The classroom teacher will present how she and her team successfully implemented ABA/VB programming in a secondary...

Beginner All Participants Act 48, OT, Psych, PT
80. Use of a Three-Tiered PBIS Model to Deliver Evidence-Based Services to Students with Autism (repeat) Beginner All Participants Act 48, OT, Psych, PT 81. Accessing Independent Leisure and Social Skills (repeat)

Social skills and self-efficacy are important building blocks to functional independence and quality of life for...

Beginner All Participants Act 48, OT, Psych, PT
82. Teaching Secondary Students Job Skills (repeat) Beginner All Participants Act 48, BACB, OT, Psych, PT 83. Practices to Promote Social Skills in School Settings (repeat) Beginner All Participants Act 48, BACB, OT, Psych, PT
84. Supporting Effective Academic Instructional Practices in School Settings (repeat) Beginner All Participants Act 48, BACB, OT, Psych, PT 85. Natural Environmental Training (repeat) Beginner All Participants Act 48, BACB, OT, Psych, PT

3:45 pm to 4:45 pm

86. Closing Keynote: Evidence Knows No Boundary: Collaboration for Children across State Lines

Educating individuals on the autism spectrum is both rewarding and challenging. In order to effectively and...

Beginner All Participants Act 48, ASHA, BACB, OT, Psych, PT

4:45 pm to 5:15 pm

87. Special Closing Music Presentation Beginner All Participants