Saturday, January 03, 2009

Research to Practice: Making Real Changes in the Lives of People with Autism


The agenda that follows is taken from the Association for Behavior Analysis International® web site. The focus of the conference, as the conference title declares, is on making real changes for the benefit of people with autism. Anyone who shares that focus on making real changes for people with autism should give serious thought to attending this conference if time and circumstances permit. All the topics are of compelling interest. One that catches my eye in particular as my son, who will be 13 in February, grows up is the discussion by Peter F. Gerhardt, Ed.D., Organization for Autism Research entitled Applied Behavior Analysis and Adults with Autism: Applications to Promote Competence and Quality of Life.

If you are serious about helping people with autism make real changes in their lives this is the conference you should attend in 2009! Registration forms and information, including on-line registration, are available on the ABA International conference registration page.

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Research to Practice: Making Real Changes in the Lives of People with Autism

The 2009 Autism Conference program would not be possible without the dedicated contributions of the Program Committee.

2009 Autism Conference Program Committee

Agenda

The conference titles and speakers are listed below. Click on each to view the presentation abstract and speaker biography.

Friday, February 6

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Opening Reception: Poster Session 1, Exhibitors, Bookstore & Author Signing Fair

Saturday, February 7

8:00 am - 8:15 am
Opening Remarks and Introductions
William L. Heward, Ed.D., BCBA, The Ohio State University
8:15 am - 9:15 am
Fostering Independent Performance Skills in Young Children with Autism
Diane M. Sainato, Ph.D., The Ohio State University
Introduced by: William L. Heward, Ed.D., BCBA, The Ohio State University
9:15 am - 10:15 am
Improving Joint Attention and Reciprocal Language Skills in Children with Autism
Bridget A. Taylor, Psy.D., BCBA, Alpine Learning Group
Introduced by: Mary Jane Weiss, Ph.D., BCBA, Rutgers University
10:15 am - 10:45 am
Break
10:45 am - 11:45 am
Pivotal Response Intervention
Lynn Kern Koegel, Ph.D., and Robert L. Koegel, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
Introduced by: Linda A. LeBlanc, Ph.D., BCBA, Western Michigan University
11:45 am - 12:45 pm
Applied Behavior Analysis and Adults with Autism: Applications to Promote Competence and Quality of Life
Peter F. Gerhardt, Ed.D., Organization for Autism Research
Introduced by: Marianne L. Jackson, Ph.D., BCBA, California State University, Fresno
12:45 pm - 2:15 pm
Lunch Break
2:15 pm - 3:15 pm
Expert Panel/Question & Answer Session: Recent Developments in Behavioral Programming & Interventions
Panelists: Peter Gerhardt, Lynn Koegel, Robert Koegel, Diane Sainato, and Bridget Taylor
Moderator: Mary Jane Weiss, Ph.D., BCBA, Rutgers University
3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention for Children with Autism: What Does Research Tell Us?
Adrienne M. Perry, Ph.D., C.Psych., BCBA, York University
Introduced by: James E. Carr, Ph.D., BCBA, Auburn University
4:15 pm - 4:45 pm
Break
4:45 pm - 5:45 pm
Defining, Designing & Delivering ABA School Programs for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Suzanne Letso, M.A., BCBA, Connecticut Center for Child Development
Introduced by: David Celiberti, Ph.D., BCBA, Association for Science in Autism Treatment
5:45 pm - 6:00 pm
Overview of ABAI’s Autism and Parent-Professional Partnership Special Interest Groups
Mary Jane Weiss, Past-President, ABAI Autism SIG & David Celiberti, President, ABAI's Parent-Professional Partnership SIG
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Dinner
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Poster Session 2, Bookstore and Exhibitors

Sunday, February 8

8:00 am - 9:00 am
Now That We Know What to Do, How Do We Do It? Implementation Science and Applied Behavior Analysis
Samuel L. Odom, Ph.D., University of North Carolina
Introduced by: Jack Scott, Ph.D., BCBA, Florida Atlantic University
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Experimental Approaches to Behavioral Assessment
Brian A. Iwata, Ph.D., BCBA, University of Florida
Introduced by: Susan M. Wilczynski, Ph.D., BCBA, National Autism Center
10:00 am - 10:30 am
Break
10:30 am - 11:30 pm
Expert Panel/Question & Answer Session: Using Science to Guide Autism Treatment
Panelists: Brian Iwata, Suzanne Letso, Samuel Odom, Adrienne Perry, and Susan M. Wilczynski, Ph.D., BCBA, National Autism Center
Moderator: James E. Carr, Ph.D., BCBA, Auburn University
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Expert Panel/Question & Answer Session: Current Status, Challenges, and Opportunities in Legislation of Behavior Analytic Autism Services: Observations and Recommendations from Professionals and Parent Advocates

Panelists: Mandana Davani, M.D., St. Johns Radiology Associates; Michael Dorsey, Ph.D., BCBA, Vinfen Corporation and Gordon College; Kim Lucker, Ph.D., BCBA, Behavior Management Consultants; Eric D. Prutsman, Esq., Prutsman & Associates; Judith Ursitti, Autism Speaks
Moderator: Jack Scott, Ph.D., BCBA, Florida Atlantic University
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Concluding Remarks





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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

By the looks of the agenda and presenters this is the conference to go to.
Unfortunately I am not able to attend, as I am in Florida later that month presenting at an international Nurses conference.
Are you planning on attending or anyone else from NB?

Dawn

Regan said...

Hi Harold,
Thanks for highlighting the conference.
Peter Gerhardt gives excellent presentations on older-student issues, so I'm sorry that I won't be able to attend.

In the past ABA-International has made webcasts and DVDs of the autism conference available for purchase by those who can't attend in person. I have an email out to them to find out if this option will be offered this year as well.

Regan said...

'Received a reply on the DVD question.

ABA-International will be issuing a DVD of the 2009 presentations, and currently has available for purchase DVDs of the past ABA-I autism conferences.

They may not have all the info on the 2009 DVD posted yet, but it will be available via
http://www.abainternational.org/