Onsite Registration/Check in is 8:00am-9:00am Friday and Saturday
Coffee Break Provided
Friday, November 1st (Full Day Session 9:00am-5:00pm)
■ Meeta R. Patel Ph.D, BCBA-D
Clinic 4 Kidz
Assessment and Treatment of Pediatric Feeding Disorders: A Home Based Approach
Pediatric feeding disorders occur in approximately 25-45% of typically developing children and up to 80% of children diagnosed with developmental disabilities. These children may display a variety of problems associated with eating/drinking. For example, some children may engage in high levels of inappropriate behaviors (e.g., crying, aggression, self-injury) when presented with all foods/liquids which can lead to tube dependency. Other children may only engage in problem behaviors when presented with certain foods/liquids (food selectivity by type, texture, or presentation format) which can lead to nutritional deficits and/or social stigmatization. In addition some children may consume a variety of foods but only eat limited volumes which can lead to poor weight gain. These types of feeding problems are generally treated by a single disciple or a team of professionals that includes a pediatric gastroenterologist, occupational/speech therapist, nutritionist, and/or behavioral psychologist/behavior analyst. Treatments may involve services that are delivered in a clinic/hospital or in the home. The purpose of this presentation is to give the audience an overview of the assessment and treatment of pediatric feeding disorders. More specifically, the presentation will focus on how intensive treatment can be initiated in the home environment using an interdisciplinary team. Assessment and treatment data from our program will also be presented. This presentation will allow BCBAs and BCaBAs to learn about different treatment options for children with challenging feeding issues and how those can be implemented in a naturalistic setting as opposed to clinical settings. In addition, this presentation will show video clips of actual treatments being implemented so these individuals can get practical training on how to work with children with feeding problems.
■ Joel Ringdahl Ph.D., BCBA
Southern Illinois University
Treatment Relapse: Examples and Implications for Practice
The phenomenon of extinction can be observed frequently in different clinical populations. This talk will discuss the various forms that extension can take in clinical practice. The concepts of spontaneous recovery and resurgence will be discussed relative to the emergence of behavior that has been put on extinction in different clinical populations.
■ Robert K. Ross Ed.D, BCBA-D
Beacon ABA Services of Massachusetts and Connecticut
Introducing Behaviorpedia: Establishing Standards of Practice and providing
Resource for practitioners
It is clear that the broad recognition of ABA based treatments as the most effective treatment for has lead to remarkable growth in the number of individuals studying and practicing behavior analysis. However this growth does not come without growing pains. There is significant variability in quality of training and supervision as an inevitable function of this rapid expansion. Additionally many new practitioners do not have access to research once they leave their academic programs. As a field we must ensure that we establish standards for the application of our principles and procedures if we hope to retain the confidence of consumers and funding sources. Behaviorpedia® was established to address these concerns. The presentation will describe a new resource designed to provide access to high quality research and guidance for practitioners regarding Practice Standards, and clarify on the empirical support for treatments and interventions both within and outside of behavior analysis.
■ Kate Johnson-Patagoc M.S., BCBA @ Holly Bihler M.S., BCBA
Applying Ethical Guidelines for Behavior Analysts in Practice
The field of behavior analysis and the number of certificants is growing. In conjunction with this expansion, issues related to ethics and our discipline have become even more important. This presentation will review the Behavior Analysis Certification Board Guidelines for Responsible Conduct for Behavior Analysts, how to comply with these guidelines, and how to apply them in a series of complex vignettes. The presentation will provide an interactive opportunity to apply these guidelines to many of the challenging and interesting issues that are facing the profession.
Saturday, November 2nd (Individual Workshops)
■ #1 Travis Thompson, Ph.D
Dept of Educational Psychology, Autism Program, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Some of My Best Friends are Synapses
Behavior analysis is entering a new era in which integration of scientific concepts and data from neurogenetics with those of established behavior analysis principles will become the norm, an Integrative Behaviorism. In this presentation I will discuss the important relationship between experience-dependent synapse formation (epigenetic synaptogenesis) and efficacy of Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention for young children with autism. Data will be presented from animal neuroscience studies, human brain imaging research and from EIBI research with children with different autism profiles, illustrating these critical linkages as determinants of child outcomes.
■ #2 Patrick McGreevy, Ph.D, BCBA-D and Troy Fry, MS, BCBA
Patrick McGreevy and Associates
Essential for Living and the Essential 8: Charting a Course of Functional Skills
This workshop will describe Essential for Living, a new communication, behavior, and functional skills assessment, curriculum, and skill-tracking instrument. The central focus of this instrument is the Essential 8: eight must-have skills, in the absence of which problem behavior often occurs. This instrument is based on B.F. Skinner's analysis of verbal behavior and includes the following skill domains: 1- Requests and Related Listener Responses, 2- Listener Responses, Names, and Descriptions, 3- Answers to Questions and Conversation, 4- Daily living skills, 5- Functional Academic Skills, 6- Tolerating Skills, and 7- Tool and Component Skills. It also includes a domain on Problem Behavior. The scoring criteria for all skills permit the measurement of small increments of progress.
■ #3 Claudia Drossel, Ph.D
University of Michigan
Removing Caregiver Barriers to Implementing Behavioral Plans: Clinical Behavior Analysis
Most family caregivers and staff in medical or educational settings are unfamiliar with behavior analysis, yet they are the ones tasked with consistently implementing treatment plans designed by behavior analysts. Because the most carefully crafted behavioral plan is futile when not implemented, this workshop will introduce planning for and overcoming barriers to implementation as an essential part of the behavioral plan. The goal of this workshop is the dissemination of clinical behavior analytic strategies—such as those used in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy – to identify and overcome common barriers. This workshop teaches participants to apply behavioral principles, to remain effective in the face of caregiver or staff “resistance.” Participants will learn to:
· Give a behavior analytic account of “resistance”
· Analyze everyday interactions using behavior analytic terms and concepts
· Anticipate and address barriers to implementation
· Gain familiarity with and pinpoint the aim of clinical behavior analytic strategies, such as those used in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
· Begin to design and test informal interventions to improve their effectiveness in professional settings