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Sixth Annual Autism Conference; Philadelphia, PA; 2012

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Invited Paper Session #22
CE Offered: PSY/BACB

Managing Challenging Behaviors

Sunday, January 29, 2012
8:15 AM–9:15 AM
Grand Ballroom
Area: AUT; Domain: Applied Research
Instruction Level: Basic
CE Instructor: Andy Bondy, Ph.D.
ANDY BONDY (Pyramid Educational Consultants)
Andy Bondy, Ph.D., has more than 40 years of experience working with children and adults with autism and related developmental disabilities. For more than a dozen years he served as the director of a statewide public school program for students with autism. He and his wife, Lori Frost, pioneered the development of the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS). He designed the Pyramid Approach to Education as a comprehensive combination of broad-spectrum behavior analysis and functional communication strategies. He is a co-founder of Pyramid Educational Consultants, Inc., an internationally based team of specialists from many fields working together to promote integration of the principles of applied behavior analysis within functional activities and an emphasis on developing functional communication skills.

This session involves an introduction to broad-spectrum behavior analysis in the form of the Pyramid Approach to Education. Discussion focuses on the importance of addressing students’ skill deficits prior to or simultaneously with addressing behavior excess or other unwanted behavior. Other key elements of the training include the description and the design of effective educational settings that emphasize the use of systematic reinforcement. The link between functional activities, communication training and the reduction of unwanted behavior is explored. In addition, issues related to teaching skills are addressed. This teaches participants to determine and define unwanted behavior targeted for intervention. Participants are assisted with understanding the functional assessment of behavior, and the selection and teaching of alternative responses to replace unwanted behavior. Participants are exposed to antecedent strategies designed to reduce unwanted behavior as well as differential reinforcement procedures and consequence based strategies. Finally, issues related to the evaluation and monitoring of behavior plans are discussed.

Target Audience:

Behavior analysts, psychologists, educators, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, home therapists, parents, and others who support, teach and interact with individuals of any age who display unwanted or problematic behavior, regardless of the individual’s clinical label.


Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to: • Operationally define behavior
• Identify what functional assessment is and how to conduct an assessment
• Select and teach functionally equivalent behavior to unwanted behavior
• Identify consequence based strategies for reducing unwanted behavior
• Measure, assess, and maintain the efficiency of behavior intervention  



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