Problem behaviors like meltdowns, self-injury, aggression, or intractable stereotypy will often require address at some point in the life span of a person diagnosed with autism or intellectual disabilities. There is strong evidence supporting behavioral intervention to address these problem behaviors, with better outcomes evident when (a) the functions of these behaviors inform treatment, (b) skills relevant to the core deficits associated with autism are developed in the treatment, and (c) the treatment prepares the person with autism for life’s inevitable ambiguities, disappointments, and opportunities. This presentation describes a practical (fast, safe, and effective) functional assessment process that informs this type of treatment. Safety and dignity are paramount in this process that relies on a functional analysis of problem behavior, personalized from an interview with parents and teachers. The progressive skill-based treatment process will then be reviewed in the context of several controlled case studies.
August 6 – 9, 2018
The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center
State College, Pennsylvania