Association for Behavior Analysis International

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Webinar Series

Increasing Child Safety and Injury Prevention


Jason C. Vladescu (Caldwell University)



Abstract: Unintentional injury is a leading cause of death for infants and children. Although the specific causes of these deaths vary, a subset is the result of contact with dangerous stimuli. Along these lines, effort has been made to evaluate ways to teach children to engage in a safety response when a dangerous stimulus is encountered. Following a discussion of the need for safety skills and how safety skills are assessed, the presentation will review recent research on teaching individuals to demonstrate safety skills. Strategies for establishing a discriminated safety response, promoting a generalized safety response, and increasing the efficiency of safety response training will be presented. Recent research will be used to support recommended practices.


Instruction Level: Intermediate


Target Audience: Practitioners working with children


Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) describe the safety response children should demonstrate when they encounter a dangerous stimulus; (2) describe how to incorporate discrimination training when teaching safety responses; (3) describe ways to program for generalization when conducting safety response training.


1 BACB CEU available.


VladescuBiography: Jason C. Vladescu, Ph.D., BCBA-D, NSCP, LBA (NY), is a partner at North Jersey Behavioral Health Services and a Professor in the Department of Applied Behavior Analysis at Caldwell University. Jason completed his pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Munroe-Meyer Institute. He has published 75+ peer-reviewed articles and several book chapters spanning his research interests in early behavioral intervention for children with autism spectrum and related disorders, increasing the efficiency of academic instruction, staff and caregiver training, equivalence-class formation, and mainstream applications of behavior analysis. Jason is a former Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and is on the editorial board for Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice, Behavioral Interventions, The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, Behavioral Development, and Behavior Analysis in Practice. He is on the Association for Behavior Analysis International Accreditation Board and was the 2020 recipient of the APA (Division 25) B. F. Skinner New Applied Researcher Award.


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