Jun 25

Choosing the Right Assessment for Your Learner with Autism (Day1)


A variety of assessment options exist for identifying skills to target for learners diagnosed with Autism and other developmental disabilities. Many practitioners are trained on a specific assessment with little regard to the appropriateness of that assessment for the learner. This presentation discusses how to individualize the assessment process to create the most effective intervention program for each learner. Additionally, video examples are provided that demonstrate how to observe a learner and assess skills without using a commercially available assessment.

Learning Objectives:

Identify and describe at least 3 different available assessments for learners with autism
Define the term “core” assessment and explain how this can be used to develop intervention
Identify at least 1 assessment that can be used to address barriers to learning
Describe the 4 different learner profiles and identify typical assessments/programs used for such profiles
Conduct assessments with learners without using familiar assessment
Provide a basic explanation of the Early Start Denver Model
Explain the importance of focus on social interaction and development with the birth to three population
Identify resources for working with EI populations and explain how those resources support implementation of behavior analytic interventions

Jun 26

How to assess an address challenging behavior (day2)

This training focuses on going beyond the typical training provided on functions of behavior and behavioral assessment to provide attendees with a more comprehensive understanding of how to navigate challenging behavior. Dr. Miller provides an overview of how to truly conduct functional assessment and analysis and reviews research in support of advancements in functional analysis technology such as the Interview Informed Synthesized Contingency Analysis (Hanley, 2015). Dr Miller talks about considerations relating to ethical and flexible application of extinction, addressing stereotypy, and maintaining analysis when designing behavior intervention plans. This training includes video examples and access to a google drive folder with example programs.

Participants will be able to:

Describe the primary purpose of functional assessment
Identify at least 1 benefit to using advancements in functional analysis technologies
Explain at least 1 ethical consideration regarding extinction
Explain 1 treatment option for stereotypy
Describe the importance of maintaining analysis in developing behavior intervention plans
Describe at least 1 general guideline to follow when addressing challenging behavior