Understanding the Progressive Approach to ABA Intervention for Students with ASD
BACB Type 2 CEU's available - 3.5 units
This masterclass will review recent research that challenges some long standing practices in intensive behavioral treatment of autism and propose alternative and potentially more efficient methods of teaching our students. Areas to be examined include identification and development of reinforcers, procedures for conditional discrimination training, systematic fading of prompts and the use of functional analysis for the selection of intervention strategies. Collectively they represent examples of how a progressive approach that looks at the big picture and emphasizes in-the-moment analysis and decision-making can provide better results. A progressive approach requires more extensive training of practitioners, but teaching children with autism is a complex endeavor and requires in-depth understanding of the principles that underlie the procedures.
John’s lifelong love-affair with ABA was ignited in the very first term of his undergraduate psychology degree. A keynote presentation by the father of ABA, Dr Ivar Lovaas, inspired him to visit Lovaas’s centre. After witnessing the transformational work being done with little children, John was smitten and made his ‘second-best ever decision’ (to work in the field). The best-ever decision, he says, was marrying Julie whom he met on The Autism Project. A global lecturer, sought-after ABA speaker, and ABA Today’s #1 patron (awarded for four consecutive years of presentations), John will facilitate a Masterclass at ABA Today 2019 on the progressive approach to ABA for students with ASD. John is a clinical psychologist, holds a doctorate in ABA, has co-authored numerous books, and is Co-Director of Autism Partnership USA; one of the world’s first autism-specific organisations.