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July 31 – August 3, 2017
The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel
State College, Pennsylvania

Conference Schedule

Browse the agenda by day: Full Agenda | Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Full Schedule in PDF format.

Based on participant feedback we have listed intended audiences for each session as well as an intended level of content. If you find yourself in a training that does not coincide with your experience level, please feel free to attend another simultaneous presentation as long as it is not a CLOSED session (as indicated on the session doors).

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Monday, July 31

9:00 am to 10:00 am

01. Conference Welcome and Pennsylvania Updates

Conference Welcome: This presentation will welcome participants to the conference and provide a quick update on...

Beginner All Participants Act 48, ASHA, Infant, OT, Psych, PT, SW

10:00 am to 11:00 am

02. B. F. Skinner's Legacy To Education

Skinner's research and writings have provided the world with a rich accounting of human behavior and learning. It...

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

11:00 am to 11:30 am

03. Autism Research Updates 2017: The Shifting Sands of Autism Policy and Policy Research

For the past fifty years, the US and State legislatures have enacted legislation that has transformed the service...

Beginner All Participants Act 48, ASHA, Infant, OT, Psych, PT, SW

11:30 am to 1:00 pm

LUNCH

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

04. Introduction to the Conference and Applied Behavior Analysis

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

Beginner All Participants Act 48, ASHA, Infant, OT, Psych, PT, SW
05. Teaching Functional Skills to Individuals with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities in School Settings

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

Beginner All Participants Act 48, BACB, OT, Psych, PT, SW
06. The ABCs of Behavior Analysis: A Review of the Basics for Students and Teachers

The topics we'll review include selection of behavior by its consequences; contingencies of reinforcement and...

Advanced All Participants Act 48, ASHA, BACB, Infant, OT, Psych, PT, SW
07. Families of Children with Autism: Taking Care of Everyone's Needs

This presentation includes information and tools for developing and maintaining an emotionally healthy family....

Beginner All Participants Act 48, ASHA, Infant, OT, Psych, PT, SW
08. Developing Skill-Based Interventions Following Practical Functional Assessments of Problem Behavior

This presentation discusses how to conduct a safe and practical functional analysis that takes an average of 25...

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09. Session cancelled
10. An Update on Legal Issues for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

This session will provide (a) a foundation of basic building blocks of special education law; (b) a synthesis of the...

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11. Extension of "Uninhabited World - ABA and the Eclectic Temptation"

Description forthcoming

Intermediate Act 48, ASHA, BACB, Infant, OT, Psych, PT, SW
12. ”We Tried Reinforcement, But it Didn’t Work” – Analyzing Contingency Failures in Instructional Settings

Reinforcement is defined by its effects on the future probability of the operant class upon which it is contingent....

Intermediate All Participants Act 48, ASHA, BACB, Infant, OT, Psych, PT, SW
12b. Organizational Behavior Management Basics for Teachers: Behavior Analysis Isn't Just for Your Students!

Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) is a branch of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) that involves using the...

Act 48, ASHA, BACB, Infant, OT, Psych, PT, SW

4:15 pm to 5:15 pm

13. An Update on the Behavior Analyst Certification Board

Recent developments at the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) will be presented. The most current data on...

Intermediate Act 48, BACB, Infant, OT, Psych, PT, SW

Tuesday, August 1

9:00 am to 12:00 pm

14. Session cancelled 15. Working as a Team to Create Goals and Measure Progress

This presentation will illustrate how IEP team members from different disciplines can work collaboratively to...

Beginner All Participants Act 48, ASHA, BACB Ethics, Infant, OT, Psych, PT, SW
16. Teaching “Learning How to Learn” – A Functional Analysis of Curriculum Programming for Children with Autism

In this presentation, I will attempt to illustrate a functional analysis of curriculum development and suggest an...

Advanced All Participants Act 48, ASHA, BACB, Infant, OT, Psych, PT, SW
17. Professional Behavior Analysis and Ethical Practice

I will identify events in my own life that led me to advocate for the independent practice of behavior analysis as a...

Act 48, ASHA, BACB Ethics, Infant, OT, Psych, PT, SW
18. Treatment Integrity

Participants will learn how to effectively supervise and monitor classrooms using best practices of supervision. The...

Intermediate Act 48, ASHA, BACB, Infant, OT, Psych, PT, SW
19. Using Drugs to Improve the Behavior of People with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Skeptical Appraisal

Description forthcoming

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20. Building Social Reinforcers are Key to Children's Social and Educational Prognosis

Many of the key components for advancing verbal and social development have been identified in research, as have...

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21. Developmental Social Neuroscience Meets Public Health Challenge: A New System of Healthcare Delivery for Infants and Toddlers with Autism Spectrum Disorder

This presentation highlights the critical role of early diagnosis and intervention in attenuating the symptoms of...

Intermediate Act 48, ASHA, BACB, Infant, OT, Psych, PT, SW
22. Excel Tools for Practitioners

Excel is used by many behavior analysts for a variety of tasks. There are several useful tools that can be used in...

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23. How to Enhance Your Child's Inclusion in Early Care/Early Education and Community Settings

This session, especially for parents of young children in early intervention, will be split into two parts. During...

Beginner All Participants Act 48, ASHA, BACB, Infant, OT, Psych, PT, SW
24. Mand Training Beginner All Participants Act 48, ASHA, BACB, Infant, OT, Psych, PT, SW 25. Role of the Speech-Language Pathologist in the ABA Classroom: Interprofessional Collaboration

Interprofessional collaboration when implementing evidence-based interventions is key for optimal student outcomes....

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12:00 pm to 1:15 pm

LUNCH

1:15 pm to 4:15 pm

26. Session cancelled

Session cancelled

27. Teaching Handwriting to Students with Autism

This presentation will explore evidence-based strategies for teaching handwriting to students with autism. Video...

Beginner All Participants Act 48, ASHA, BACB, OT, Psych, PT, SW
28. (REPEAT of session 16) – Teaching "Learning How to Learn" – A Functional Analysis of Curriculum Programming for Children with Autism

In this presentation, I will attempt to illustrate a functional analysis of curriculum development and suggest an...

Advanced Act 48, ASHA, BACB, Infant, OT, Psych, PT, SW
29. REPEAT (of session 17) – Professional Behavior Analysis and Ethical Practice

I will identify events in my own life that led me to advocate for the independent practice of behavior analysis as a...

Intermediate Act 48, ASHA, BACB Ethics, Infant, OT, Psych, PT, SW
30. The Worst Kept Secrets for Successful School and BCBA Collaboration

Description forthcoming

Intermediate Act 48, ASHA, BACB, Infant, OT, Psych, PT, SW
31. Role of the Speech-Language Pathologist in the ABA Classroom: Practical Application in Intervention

Speech-language pathologists play a critical part of the intervention team in ABA-based public school classrooms....

Intermediate Act 48, ASHA, BACB, Infant, OT, Psych, PT, SW
32. The Role of Fluency in Programs for Students with Autism

One educational method that is highly effective and supported by published evidence is fluency training. Fluency...

Act 48, ASHA, BACB, Infant, OT, Psych, PT, SW
33. REPEAT (of session 20) – Clone of Building Social Reinforcers are Key to Children's Social and Educational Prognosis

Many of the key components for advancing verbal and social development have been identified in research, as have...

Beginner All Participants Act 48, ASHA, BACB, Infant, OT, Psych, PT, SW
34. Social Skills

This session will review social skills strategies for students with autism and intellectual disabilities. This...

All Participants Act 48, ASHA, Infant, OT, Psych, PT, SW
35. Intervention with Young Children with Autism: Supporting Families and Using Daily Routines to Facilitate Development

This presentation will focus on how early interventionists can support parents and caregivers to target the core...

Intermediate Act 48, ASHA, Infant, OT, Psych, PT, SW
36. Alternate Eligible Content: The Cornerstone for Effective Instruction and Life Long Learning

Alternate eligible content is the cornerstone of content, instruction, and assessment for students with significant...

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37. Instruction Basics

This session will provide a review of various strategies and procedures for the delivery of effective, high-quality...

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38. Around the World Panel

Alternate eligible content is the cornerstone of content, instruction, and assessment for students with significant...

Beginner All Participants Act 48, BACB, Infant, OT, Psych, PT, SW

Wednesday, August 2

9:00 am to 12:00 pm

39. A Behavior-Analytic Interpretation of Memory

Description forthcoming

Intermediate All Participants Act 48, ASHA, BACB, Infant, OT, Psych, PT, SW
40. Early Start Denver Model: A Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Intervention Designed for Preschoolers with Autism Spectrum Disorder

The workshop focuses on the principles, strategies and evidence base of the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), an...

Beginner All Participants Act 48, Infant, OT, Psych, PT, SW
41. Literature Review on Joint Control Procedures

The workshop focuses on the principles, strategies and evidence base of the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), an...

Intermediate Act 48, ASHA, BACB, Infant, OT, Psych, PT, SW
42. Ethics

The tools a behavior analyst brings to the table with regards to interventions with clients should also be used to...

Intermediate Act 48, ASHA, BACB Ethics, Infant, OT, Psych, PT, SW
43. K12 College-Career Coordinated Pathway

Description forthcoming

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44. Teaching Problem Solving to Increase Academic, Communication, and Social Skills

Problem solving is defined as manipulating stimuli to increase the probability of arriving at a solution to a...

Beginner All Participants Act 48, ASHA, BACB, Infant, OT, Psych, PT, SW
45. A Comparison of a Modified Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to an Applied Behavior-Analytic Approach in the Treatment of Food Selectivity in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Treatments of pediatric feeding disorders based on applied behavior analysis (ABA) have the most empirical support...

Intermediate Act 48, ASHA, BACB, Infant, OT, Psych, PT, SW
46. The Concept of Automatic Reinforcement – Implications for Assessment and Treatment

A great deal of emphasis has been placed on socially mediated reinforcement contingencies maintaining problem...

Intermediate Act 48, ASHA, BACB, Infant, OT, Psych, PT, SW
47. Behavior Basics for Children with Autism

This session provides basic information related to preventing and managing problem behaviors that are common for...

Beginner All Participants Act 48, ASHA, Infant, OT, Psych, PT, SW
48. Stimulus Control and its Role in Errorless Learning

Stimulus control can be described as a behavioral phenomenon in which certain behaviors can be reliably strengthened...

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

12:00 pm to 1:15 pm

LUNCH

1:15 pm to 3:30 pm

49. (REPEAT of session 39) – Clone of A Behavior-Analytic Interpretation of Memory

Description forthcoming

Intermediate All Participants Act 48, ASHA, BACB, Infant, OT, Psych, PT, SW
50. Autism Navigator: Supporting Early Identification and a Routines-based, Parent Coaching Model of Early Intervention

This session overviews the suite of courses available through Autism Navigator/Florida State University and...

Beginner All Participants Act 48, ASHA, BACB, Infant, OT, Psych, PT, SW
51. Considerations for Teaching Early Reading Skills and Its Relation to an Analysis of Verbal Behavior

This presentation will cover implications for early language instruction. Language development and instruction will...

Intermediate Act 48, ASHA, BACB, Infant, OT, Psych, PT, SW
52. Session cancelled
53. Clinical Practice: Escape/Avoidance Hierarchies, Occupational Therapy Procedures, and Self-Control

Health and safety skills are important targets in many programs. One way of developing cooperation in these programs...

Intermediate Act 48, ASHA, BACB, Infant, OT, Psych, PT, SW
54. Session cancelled
54b. Collaboration and Transition from High School to College to Work

As the population of students with autism grows, there is an increasing need to address the unique needs for the...

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55. Clone of Collaboration and Transition from High School to College to Work

Description forthcoming

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56. Implementing Evidence-Based Practices to Increase Graduation Rates and Decrease Dropout Rates for Students with Disabilities in Pennsylvania

Description forthcoming

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57. Promising Practices - Autism Services in Urban Areas: Two Examples of Integrated Intensive Programming

Description forthcoming

Beginner All Participants Act 48, ASHA, Infant, OT, Psych, PT, SW
57b. Promising Practices – Autism Services in Rural Areas: Two Examples of Integrated Intensive Programming

Description forthcoming

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58. Promising Practices – Implementation of a Paraprofessional Training Program

Description forthcoming

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58b. Promising Practices – Establishing a New Classroom - The First Year

Description forthcoming

Beginner All Participants Act 48, Infant, OT, Psych, PT, SW

3:30 pm to 5:30 pm

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

View the research proposals and art of expression exhibits.

Thursday, August 3

9:00 am to 12:00 pm

60. Association for Behavior Analysis International Workshop

Description forthcoming

Advanced Act 48, ASHA, BACB, Infant, OT, Psych, PT, SW
61. Teaching Conversational Skills to Children with Autism: Analysis, Assessment and Intervention

Conversation is a complex aspect of social behavior and is especially difficult for most persons with autism. The...

Beginner All Participants Act 48, ASHA, BACB, Infant, OT, Psych, PT, SW
62. Pharmacology

Description forthcoming

Beginner All Participants Act 48, ASHA, BACB, Infant, OT, Psych, PT, SW
63. Creating and Maintaining a Token Economy: Current Research and Best Practice

A token economy is a complex system of reinforcement in which conditioned reinforcement in the form of token...

Beginner All Participants Act 48, ASHA, BACB, Infant, OT, Psych, PT, SW
64. Math – Part 1 of 2 Presentations

Description forthcoming

Beginner All Participants Act 48, ASHA, OT, Psych, PT, SW
65. Session cancelled
66. Session cancelled 67. Session cancelled
68. Activities of Daily Living - Part 1 of 2 Presentations

Description forthcoming

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69. Update on Verbal Behavior Research with Individuals with Autism

Research on the use of Skinner's (1957) conceptualization of verbal behavior to teach language and communication...

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

1:15 pm to 4:15 pm

70. (REPEAT of session 60) Association for Behavior Analysis International Workshop

Description forthcoming

Advanced Act 48, ASHA, BACB, Infant, OT, Psych, PT, SW
71. (REPEAT of session 61) – Teaching Conversational Skills to Children with Autism: Analysis, Assessment and Intervention

Conversation is a complex aspect of social behavior and is especially difficult for most persons with autism. The...

Beginner All Participants Act 48, ASHA, BACB, Infant, OT, Psych, PT, SW
72. Fad Treatments/ Ethics

Description forthcoming

Intermediate All Participants Act 48, ASHA, BACB, Infant, OT, Psych, PT, SW
73. (REPEAT of session 63) – Creating and Maintaining a Token Economy: Current Research and Best Practice

A token economy is a complex system of reinforcement in which conditioned reinforcement in the form of token...

Beginner All Participants Act 48, ASHA, BACB, Infant, OT, Psych, PT, SW
74. Math – Part 2 Presentation

Description forthcoming

Beginner All Participants Act 48, ASHA, Infant, OT, Psych, PT, SW
75. Links Between Secondary Services and Adult Services

Description forthcoming

Beginner All Participants Act 48, ASHA, BACB, Infant, OT, Psych, PT, SW
76. Activities of Daily Living - Part 2 Presentations

Description forthcoming

Beginner All Participants Act 48, ASHA, Infant, OT, Psych, PT, SW
77. Applying the Science to Supervision

Quality supervision of future behavior analysts and employees should be a priority for all leaders. Lack of quality...

Beginner All Participants Act 48, ASHA, Infant, OT, Psych, PT, Supervision, SW
78. EFFECTIVE Parent Communication and Training

Description forthcoming

Beginner All Participants Act 48, ASHA, BACB, Infant, OT, Psych, PT, SW
79. REPEAT (of session 69) – Update on Verbal Behavior Research with Individuals with Autism

Research on the use of Skinner's (1957) conceptualization of verbal behavior to teach language and communication...

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

4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

80. Closing Keynote: Next Year Is Now

Educating children with autism is a team game. The goal: improved quality of life now and maximal independence in...

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