Archived News: Upcoming Training Activities
Autism Training Opportunities of SW VA Presents Early Intervention Conference, October 3rd, Blacksburg
Autism Training Opportunities of Southwest Virginia Presents Their Second Annual Early Intervention Conference in Blacksburg, Virginia on October 3, 2012 -- “Getting Babies Ready for the Future: 0 to 5 years”
Proactive Strategies for Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
A workshop designed to introduce participants to autism spectrum disorders (ASD) as well as effective strategies for supporting infants and toddlers who have (or who are suspected of having) ASD in home and community environments. A focus is placed on strategies designed to support the child’s understanding of the environment and to enhance receptive and expressive communication. The training is geared toward early intervention and early childhood service providers and parents of young children with autism spectrum disorders.
An Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorders
-Primary characteristics associated with autism spectrum disorders
-Secondary characteristics associated with autism spectrum disorders
-Strengths associated with autism spectrum disorders
-Support needs of young children with autism spectrum disorders
Implementing Visual Supports and Environmental Structure in the Home and Community
-Description and importance of environmental structure
-Description and importance of visual supports
-How to use environmental structure and visual supports to enhance understanding and increase independence
Enhancing Communication in Young Children with ASD
-Importance of social-communicative interactions on development
-In depth review of characteristics of expressive and receptive communication in infants & toddlers with ASD
-Practical strategies to support communication development within the context of natural activities and daily routines
Sensory Processing, Anxiety, and Restorative Yoga
Restorative yoga is quickly becoming a new alternative therapy to help children in the spectrum deal with anxiety and sensory issues. Restorative yoga is a type of yoga that requires a minimal physical effort and that encourages relaxation, a calm focus, and deep breathing techniques. This presentation will provide you with information on how your child can learn new ways to deal with stress and anxiety through restorative yoga.
For more information and to register, click here.
Applied Behavior Analysis at George Mason University Presents
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
Click here to register.
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.