The Behavior Analysis Student Association (BASA) is a student-run organization that consists of M.S. and Ph.D. students in the School of Behavior Analysis at Florida Tech. Each year, the students organize a conference with notable researchers in the field. This year’s conference focuses on parent training. Our speakers are experts in parent training, and the conference will include topics such as telehealth, feeding disorders, long-term treatment and caregiver behavior.

To learn more, please call Florida Tech Continuing Education/Professional Development at 1-321-674-8382, option 2.

Date: Friday, April 7, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT
Check In: Begins at 9:00 a.m.
Event Location:
Florida Institute of Technology
150 W. University Blvd.
Melbourne, FL 32901
Denius Student Center,
Second Floor, Hartley Room

On-site registration for this event is now closed.

Agenda

9:00 – 10:00 Event check-in / on-site registration
10:00 – 10:15 Opening statement
10:15 – 11:05 Dr. Keith Allen
Process v. Content in Parent Training: Does It Matter?
11:05 – 11:20 Morning break
11:20 – 12:10 Dr. Kathryn M. Peterson
Training Caregivers to Implement Treatments for Pediatric Feeding Disorders
12:10 - 1:10 Lunch Break
1:10 - 2:00 Dr. Timothy R. Vollmer
Comments on the Behavior of Care Providers
2:00 - 2:15 Break
2:15 - 3:05 Dr. David Wacker (Dr. Alyssa Suess, Dr. Kelly Schieltz)
Coaching Parents to Conduct Functional Analysis and Functional Communication Training via Telehealth
3:05 - 3:35 Panel discussion
3:35 - 4:00 Closing remarks
*Checking in late or leaving early will invalidate the ability to earn CEs for that session.

Abstracts

Dr. Keith D Allen
Process v. Content in Parent Training: Does It Matter?

There are numerous parent training programs that are rooted in behavioral theory and meet the technically stringent standards for empirically supported treatments. However, evidence-based practice requires knowledge of more than just effective treatment. Accumulated evidence across clinical disciplines suggests that the process of delivering a treatment matters as well and perhaps more than you think. We will review the common elements of effective parent training, discuss variables potentially critical to the treatment process and discuss implications for applied behavior analysis in practice.


Dr. Kathryn M. Peterson
Training Caregivers to Implement Treatments for Pediatric Feeding Disorders

Children with autism spectrum disorder often display feeding problems (Schreck, Williams, & Smith, 2004). These feeding problems may result in diets that are nutritionally deficient and may place the child at risk of health, learning and behavior problems. Treatments for pediatric feeding disorders based on applied behavior analysis are the only ones that have empirical support in the literature. Although these treatments are effective, caregiver training and follow-through are critical factors in maintaining their long-term efficacy. This presentation will show data on training caregivers to implement treatments for pediatric feeding disorders in clinical, home and virtual settings.


Dr. Timothy R. Vollmer
Complex Verbal Behavior: Teaching Strategies, Considerations and Recommendations

The presenter will discuss reasons that care providers (including parents) sometimes make errors when reacting to a child’s problem behavior. Although behavior analysts are frequently frustrated when a care provider does not follow a prescribed plan, it is important to recognize that care providers’ behavior is sensitive to environmental contingencies of reinforcement. The rules embedded in a prescribed plan are sometimes at odds with environmental factors shaping the care providers’ behavior. In addition, the presenter will describe potential solutions to these problems. Specifically, competency-based care-provider training methods will be highlighted.


Dr. David Wacker, Dr. Alyssa Suess and Dr. Kelly Schieltz
Coaching Parents to Conduct Functional Analysis and Functional Communication Training via Telehealth

Within this talk, I will first briefly summarize the results of NIH-funded research studies that involved implementing functional analyses and functional communication training exclusively via telehealth with parents conducting all procedures with coaching by applied behavior analysts. The participants were children with autism who were six years of age or younger and who displayed severe problem behaviors such as self-injury or aggression at home. All procedures were conducted in either the parents’ homes or in regional outpatient clinics located near the parents’ homes during one-hour visits conducted weekly. Follow-up occurred for up to a year post-treatment. I will next summarize the training procedures we conducted with the parents. I will discuss how we familiarized the parents with the equipment and the procedures, how we coached the parents and the assignments we gave the parents outside of the telehealth sessions.



Refund Policy

Any student who has paid for a course or workshop and withdraws seven days prior to the start date will receive a refund of any registration fees paid, minus a $20.00 cancellation fee. For more information, please email abareg@fit.edu

*Please Note: No refunds will be issued for individuals attending a live event/conference after the event has occurred.


These workshops are presented in partnership between Florida Tech's ABA Online program and ABA Technologies, Inc. ABA Technologies, Inc., is a BACB® approved provider of Type II Continuing Education hours (Provider Number OP-02-0023)


For more information, please call Florida Tech Continuing Education/Professional Development at 1-321-674-8382, option 2, or email abareg@fit.edu