Association for Behavior Analysis International

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  • AUT: Autism

    CBM: Clinical/Family/Behavioral Medicine

    CSS: Community, Social, and Sustainability Issues

    DDA: Developmental Disabilities

    DEV: Behavioral Development

    EAB: Experimental Analysis of Behavior

    EDC: Education

    OBM: Organizational Behavior Management

    PCH: Philosophical, Conceptual, and Historical Issues

    TBA: Teaching Behavior Analysis

    VRB: Verbal Behavior

13th Annual Autism Conference; San Francisco, CA; 2019

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Invited Paper Session #16

Treatment for Improving Socialization and Academics in Autism Spectrum Disorder: Recent Research on Pivotal Response Treatment

Sunday, January 20, 2019
8:10 AM–9:00 AM
Grand Ballroom A-C
Area: AUT; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Lynn Koegel, Ph.D.
Chair: Justin B. Leaf (Autism Partnership Foundation)
LYNN KOEGEL (Stanford University School of Medicine)
Dr. Lynn Kern Koegel is a clinical professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine. She has been active in the development of programs to improve communication in children with autism, including the development of first words, grammatical structures, pragmatics, and social conversation. In addition to her published books and articles in the area of communication and language development, she has developed and published procedures and field manuals in the area of self-management and functional analysis that are used in school districts and by parents throughout the United States, as well as translated in other major languages. Dr. Lynn Koegel is the author of Overcoming Autism and Growing Up on the Spectrum with parent Claire LaZebnik, published by Viking/Penguin and available in most bookstores. Lynn Koegel and her husband, Robert, are the developers of Pivotal Response Treatment, which focuses on motivation. The Koegels have been the recipients of many awards, including the first annual Children’s Television Workshop Sesame Street Award for “Brightening the Lives of Children”, the first annual Autism Speaks award for “Science and Research” and the International ABA award for “enduring programmatic contributions in behavior analysis.” In addition, Dr. Lynn Koegel appeared on ABC’s hit show “Supernanny” working with a child with autism. Their work has also been showcased on ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, and the Discovery Channel. The Koegels are the recipients of many state, federal, and private foundation gifts and grants for developing interventions and helping families with autism spectrum disorder.

This presentation will describe intervention procedures for improving socialization and academic engagement in individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Video clips will be presented to demonstrate the procedures. Advances regarding Pivotal Response Treatment, including implementing the motivational components with a variety of behaviors and across the lifespan will be discussed.

Target Audience:

Board certified behavior analysts; licensed psychologists; graduate students.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) describe the core motivational procedures of PRT, how motivation can be objectively measured, and how to measure Fidelity of Implementation (FoI); (2) describe how the motivational procedures of PRT can be applied across the age span, including with social conversation and socialization in adults and with pre-linguistic infants; (3) describe how PRT can be used during academic activities to improve academic engagement and decrease challenging behavior.



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