August 6 – 9, 2018
The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center
State College, Pennsylvania

Closing Keynote: Behavior Analysis and Adults with Autism: A Focus of Bigger Skills and Better Outcomes

Thursday, August 9, 2018 -
1:15pm to 4:15pm

The definition of insanity, it has been said, is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. This phrase, attributed to both Albert Einstein and Narcotics Anonymous (my money's on NA), pretty much describes why outcomes for adults with ASD remain poor “for almost any outcome you choose.” (Roux, et al, 2015, p. 8). So while Baer, Wolf and Risley (1968) argued that behavior analytic interventions should result in strong, socially important, and generalizable outcomes, in transition programming and intervention we have, seemingly, sacrificed the possibility of big, generalizable outcomes on the alter of "technical purity" and the targeting small units of behavior. In other words, we cannot expect our outcomes to change if we are not willing to change our behavior and target bigger, socially-relevant skills and provide intervention in the right context (i.e., not the classroom). This talk will provide a brief overview of the relevant challenges and discuss ways of changing our own behavior to more effectively meet the needs of adolescents and young adults with ASD.

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Act 48
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