Although a diagnosis of autism is not dependent on problem behaviors like meltdowns, self-injury, or aggression, odds are that one or more of these types of problems will require address at some point in the life span of a person diagnosed with autism. Behavioral intervention is effective for addressing these problems, especially when a functional assessment of the problem is conducted to determine why the problem behavior is occurring. But because of the seemingly obligatory focus on detecting the impact of single variables, applied behavior analytic technology is often fractured across studies, resulting in a dearth of studies showing socially valid improvements in these problem behaviors and an absence of studies illustrating the assessment and treatment process from start to finish. In this session, an effective, comprehensive, and parent-validated functional assessment and treatment process for the problem behaviors associated with autism will be described.
August 6 – 9, 2018
The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center
State College, Pennsylvania