Twenty-six years ago, Ivar Lovaas published his landmark study documenting the benefits of early intensive behavioral intervention for autism. Together with a number of other seminal works, Lovaas' publication brought about a paradigm shift in the delivery of autism services, and impacted outcomes for an inestimable number of children affected by autism. As is inevitable, the field of applied behavior analysis and autism treatment has evolved in the years since, producing a wide array of applications and procedures to enhance increasingly complex skills of individuals with autism. At the core, however, the fundamental principles of behavior analysis endure. This presentation will assess the progressive arc of autism treatment, with an eye toward anticipating how the enduring fundamentals of applied behavior analysis provide not only a connection to an esteemed history, but a path forward into a promising future.
July 31 – August 3, 2017
The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel
State College, Pennsylvania