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For Families with Autistic Children: The Verbal Behavior Approach: Using ABA/VB to Improve Autism

August 10, 2012

Applied Behavior Analysis at George Mason University Presents:

The Verbal Behavior Approach: Using ABA/VB to Improve Autism
Programming Across the Spectrum
Mary Lynch Barbera, PhD, RN, BCBA-D

Friday and Saturday, Sept. 21-22, 2012: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Verizon Auditorium, Occoquan Building
George Mason University – Prince William Campus

To register, copy this link into your browser and go to: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=dabuz8jab&oeidk=a07e67emrqu708f788c

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION

Children with autism, regardless of age, ability level, or setting, need effective, individualized programming in order to reach their maximum potential. This workshop will utilize B.F. Skinner’s Analysis of Verbal Behavior to provide a framework for assessing and programming for children with autism and related disorders.

Two forms of Applied Behavior Analysis: traditional discrete trial teaching and the Verbal Behavior Approach, will be compared and contrasted. Dr. Barbera will give an overview of her book: The Verbal Behavior Approach: How to Teach Children with Autism and Related Disorders and will highlight several
strategies that can be used immediately to begin to assess and teach children with autism.

Assessment tools and procedures used to assess verbal and non-verbal strengths and needs within children with autism will also be described. Group activities will enable participants to quickly and easily become familiar with VB terminology. Programming for children with autism will also be covered.

In addition to providing participants with specific ways to improve positive behaviors such as language, this workshop will also review ABA principles that should be used to decrease or eliminated problem behaviors such as hitting and crying.

Through lecture, video examples and group activities, the participants will leave with a better understanding of Applied Behavior Analysis utilizing Skinner’s Analysis of Verbal Behavior as it relates to programming for children at various points on the autism spectrum.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER

Mary Lynch Barbera, PhD, RN, BCBA-D
offers a unique perspective as a parent of a child with autism, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), and an author. Since her son’s diagnosis one day before his third birthday, Mary has focused her attention and research on autism and related disorders. In 2000, she was the Founding President of the Autism Society of Berks County. She became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2003
and worked until 2010 as the Lead Behavior Analyst for the Pennsylvania Verbal Behavior Project, a statewide initiative assisting staff in the implementation of ABA/VB in over 100 public school autism classrooms. Through the PA VB Project as well as through her private consulting business, Mary has had the privilege of working with hundreds of children on the autism spectrum and has assisted
in providing training to thousands of professionals and parents. In 2007 she published The Verbal Behavior Approach: How to Teach Children with Autism and Related Disorders and completed a Ph.D. in Leadership in 2011.

BACB Type II ACE Certificate will be available. The certificate is only useful to BCBAs, BCABAs, and BCBA-Ds. For one day participants, the certificate fee is $30.00; for two day participants, the certificate fee is $60.00.

To register, please copy this link into your browser and go to: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=dabuz8jab&oeidk=a07e67emrqu708f788c

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