Added: AFLS Workshops in Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii and Virginia

Four separate one-day conferences dedicated to AFLS, the Assessment of Functional Living Skills, are scheduled in September and October.

September 10, 2012 – AFLS Workshop at HYATT House Denver Tech Center in Englewood, Colorado

September 21, 2012 – AFLS Workshop at the Bay View Golf Course in Kaneohe, Hawaii

September 28, 2012 – AFLS Workshop at Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) in Phoenix, Arizona.

October 13, 2012 – AFLS Workshop at the Hilton Arlington Hotel in Arlington, Virginia.

Conference Speaker:
Dr. James W. Partington, PhD, BCBA-D is the director of Behavior Analysts, Inc. in Walnut Creek, California and Honolulu, Hawaii, and provides services to children and their families. He is a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst and has 40 years experience working with children with developmental disabilities. He is internationally recognized as a leader in the field of behavior analysis with expertise in language-based interventions. He is the co-author of Teaching Language to Children with Autism or Other Developmental Disabilities and author of The Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills- Revised (ABLLS®-R) and Web-ABLLS®. He is known for his work in teaching parents and professionals about practical, evidence-based procedures necessary for effective educational interventions. He has been a faculty member of several universities including West Virginia University, University of San Francisco and St. Mary’s College. Dr. Partington is a former President of the Northern California Association for Behavior Analysis and has served as a member of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. He has co-authored the book, Teaching Language to Children with Autism or Other Developmental Disabilities. He is the author of The Assessment of Language and Learning Skills-Revised (The ABLLS®-R) and Capturing the Motivation of Children with Autism. He has also produced several instructional DVDs related to effective treatment for children with autism. His workshops are based on research and findings within the field of applied behavior analysis, utilizing the conceptual framework of verbal behavior as developed by BF Skinner in 1957. Parents, families, early intervention programs, preschool programs and school districts benefit from his trainings across the country and abroad.

Conference Topic:
The AFLS introductory workshop will provide participants with the knowledge, skills, and tools to analyze and track a learner’s functional living skills and develop an individualized intervention program to help a learner become less dependent upon assistance from others. Individuals of all ages need to learn many critical functional living skills in order to successfully participate in a wide range of home, school and community-based activities. The Assessment of Functional Living Skills (The AFLS) reviews over 735 skills in 24 functional areas such as traveling in the community, making purchases, seeking assistance as required, preparing meals, helping with household chores, and participating in social and leisure activities. Participants will learn how to conduct an AFLS assessment and transfer the results to the skills tracking grids. An emphasis will be placed on helping parents, other caregivers, and educators identify and prioritize functional skills that their learner needs to develop. Additionally, practical and easy to implement methods will be discussed to help learners develop these skills without taking more time than is currently required to perform these tasks. By identifying and prioritizing some learning targets for daily activities, a quick and significant impact on an individual’s ability to independently perform specific skills can be made. A major emphasis will be placed on learning how to break down tasks into easy-to-teach steps (task analysis). Participants will learn strategies to support and enhance the learner’s motivation to participate in the tasks. Additionally, methods for using and then fading prompts as those skills are learned will be demonstrated. A review of videos showing parents teaching various functional living skills to their children in the home and community will also be provided.

For more information about this specialized one-day event, call (925) 210-9370 or email

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