This presentation will focus on how early interventionists can support parents and caregivers to target the core deficits of autism and develop skills within their daily routines. The presentation is based upon the authors' research of and training in evidence-based practices and their many years' experience working with infants and toddlers who have a diagnosis of autism or who have "red flags." The presenters will integrate developmental principles with treatment-focused information and will discuss how early interventionists can support parents of children birth to age five from first concerns through the process of getting a diagnosis and accessing services and supports. There will be discussion of the presenters' model of the core deficits of autism (flexibility; regulation; making sense of self, others and the environment; and social communication) and strategies to embed skill development into daily routines including bedtime, book time, mealtime and snack time, household activities, playtime, community outings, diapering and dressing, and hygiene. This presentation will integrate developmental perspectives and strategies with the principles of applied behavior analysis and focus on practical, functional intervention approaches.
August 6 – 9, 2018
The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center
State College, Pennsylvania