This keynote address has primary and secondary intentions. The primary intention is to acknowledge the attendees. The secondary intention is to advocate for the foundational idea for the field of behavior analysis. It is also the foundation for most effective treatments for behavior problems of childhood in general and ASD in particular. This idea is that circumstances are the most powerful cause of behavior, especially problem behavior. Unfortunately, the idea is in competition with older ideas that attribute behavior to something inside the person (e.g., character, personality). The circumstantial idea leads to treatments (e.g., EIBI) that are hard on the problem (e.g., lead to improvements) and easy on the person. The older ideas lead to treatments that are hard on the person (e.g., blaming, labelling, punishing, restricting) and often let the problem go untouched or at least unimproved.
August 6 – 9, 2018
The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center
State College, Pennsylvania