Bilinguals Inc and ASAT Autism Conference in NYC

The following event has been added to The Autism Education Site’s 2012 Autism Conferences list.

Conference Name: Bilinguals Inc and ASAT Autism Conference in NYC
Conference Date: April 3, 2012
Conference Venue: Baruch College in New York City

Conference Speakers:

Bridget Taylor Psy.D., BCBA-D, ASAT Board Member – Dr. Bridget A. Taylor is co-founder and Executive Director of Alpine Learning Group. She has specialized in the education and treatment of children with autism for the past twenty-five years. She holds a Doctorate of Psychology from Rutgers University, and received her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education from Columbia University. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a Licensed Psychologist. Dr. Taylor is active in the autism research community and has published numerous articles on effective interventions for autism. She serves on several editorial boards including the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Behavioral Interventions, and Behavior Analysis in Practice. She is also a member of the Autism Advisory Group for the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, is a board member of the Association for Science in Autism Treatment, and serves on the professional advisory board for the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts. Dr. Taylor is also Senior Clinical Advisor for Rethink Autism – an innovative web-based curriculum for children with autism. She is a national and international speaker and has been influential in the development of autism treatment centers both locally and in Italy, India, Canada, France, Australia and Kosovo.

Dr. Mary McDonald, BACB-D, ASAT Vice President – Dr. McDonald is an Assistant Professor in the CRSR Department (Counseling, Research, Special Education and Rehabilitation) where she teaches in the Special Education Program and Directs the Advanced Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (an approved BACB course sequence) and in Educating students with Severe and Multiple Disabilities. In addition to her role at the University, she also Directs The Eden II/Genesis Outreach Autism Center in which she supervises outreach, consultation and research programs. She has nearly 20 years experience directing programs for students with autism from early intervention through adulthood. She completed her Ph.D. in Learning Theory at the CUNY Graduate Center and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at the Doctoral level. Dr. McDonald currently serves on the Board of Council on Autism Services (CAS) and as Vice President of the Association for Science in Autism Treatment (ASAT). Dr. McDonald has published articles in the areas such as: self-management, social reciprocity, inclusion and the use of technology in educating students with ASD.

Daniel W. Mruzek, Ph.D., BCBA-D, ASAT Board Member – Daniel W. Mruzek, Ph.D., BCBA-D is an Assistant Professor at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), Division of Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. He received his doctoral training in Psychology at the Ohio State University and is a former Program Director at the Groden Center in Providence, RI. Currently, he serves as a clinician and consultant, training school teams and supporting families of children with autism in western New York. Dr. Mruzek is Director of the University of Rochester Human Behavior Assessment Unit, researcher on three NIH-funded autism intervention research projects and coordinator of his division’s Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Developmental Disabilities. He has authored and co-authored several peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on autism and other developmental disabilities and is on the editorial board for the journal Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities. Dr. Mruzek is on the Board of Directors of the Association for Science in Autism Treatment.

Conference Topics:

Improving Observational Learning Skills in Children with Autism – It is commonly recognized that children with autism present with significant deficits in imitation and observational learning. Most contemporary curricula for children with autism incorporate instruction in a variety of imitative response topographies. Less common in applied research and practice, however, are procedures to ensure that children with autism learn to acquire novel responses through observational learning. This presentation will outline instructional programs that move beyond direct imitation to the skills essential for observational learning. Specific procedures to increase observational learning in children with autism across a variety of responses will be reviewed.

Technology and Learning: Developing Innovative Teaching Methods for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders – The workshop will provide information on a variety of technology-based instructional methods that can be used to teach skills to individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Specific areas as they pertain to skill development will include use of iTouch, iPad, video technology and tactile prompts. A variety of other technology-based tools will be discussed and depicted through video. Specific areas of learning will focus on promoting independence, vocational skills, effective communication and social skills. The future applications of technology for those with ASD will be explored as well.

Using the Principles of Science in Everyday Educational Practices with Young Children with Autism – In a field filled with countless intervention options, how do we know if any one intervention is helpful for a particular child? This presentation will use “real-life” case examples to describe how educators and parents can use key principles of science to inform decisions regarding intervention in young children with autism. Emphasis will be placed on consideration of interventions typically applied in the school and therapy settings (e.g., instructional supports, responses to behavioral challenges, therapies) and how deliberate use of the scientific method can be used as part of a team approach to promoting best practices in intervention with young children with autism.

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Contact Phone Number: 212-684-0099 ext.166
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