Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


46th Annual Convention; Online; 2020

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Workshop #W63
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Executive Functioning and Autism: Applications Within Applied Behavior Analysis
Friday, May 22, 2020
12:00 PM–3:00 PM
Area: AUT/EDC; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Sarah B. Woldoff, Ph.D.
SARAH B. WOLDOFF (Arcadia University)
Description: The goal of a neuropsychological evaluation is to comprehensively assess and identify strengths and weaknesses across multiple areas. The evaluation measures such areas as attention, problem solving, memory, language, I.Q., visual-spatial skills, academic skills, and social-emotional functioning. Some children referred for an evaluation may already have a known learning disorder or other diagnoses such as Autism. Recommendations for particular therapies and methods as they relate to specific diagnoses stemming from the neuropsychological assessment can also be made and can be combined with other evaluations such as Functional Behavior Assessment. Executive functioning skills are critical for academic success both within the classroom and in the real world. Deficits in executive functioning are often seen in students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). These behaviors include long-term planning, time management, using feedback effectively, controlling impulses, and utilizing organization skills. These deficits also contribute to poor social interactions, cognitive functioning, emotional and behavioral development, as well as learning and academic achievement and should be considered when establishing.
Learning Objectives: Describe how executive functions impact individuals with autism spectrum disorder Become familiar with interventions that support executive functioning difficulties Identify practical recommendations to create supports to create and use at home, in school, or in the community.
Activities: The format will combine lecture and small group activities and discussion. Attendees will receive guided notes, a resource packet, and glossary of terms to take home.
Audience: The workshop would be beneficial to PreK through high school teachers, RBTs, BCABA's, BCBA's, and other community service providers
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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