Association for Behavior Analysis International

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34th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2008

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Invited Paper Session #526
CE Offered: BACB

Addressing the Challenging Behaviors of Adolescents with Autism: Successful Proactive Strategies, Methods and Skills Building Interventions

Tuesday, May 27, 2008
10:00 AM–10:50 AM
Grand Ballroom
Area: AUT; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Richard M. Foxx, Ph.D.
Chair: William H. Ahearn (The New England Center for Children)
RICHARD M. FOXX (Pennsylvania State University)
Dr. Richard M. Foxx is a Professor of Psychology at Penn State Harrisburg and Clinical Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics at the College of Medicine of the Pennsylvania State University. He has written seven books, written over 130 scientific articles, and made 13 training films. He has given over 1700 talks and workshops. Dr. Foxx is an internationally recognized expert in treating behavioral problems. He has lectured in 11 foreign countries and 47 states. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Behavioral Interventions and is on the editorial board of five scientific journals. Dr. Foxx is a Fellow in five divisions of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, and the American Association on Mental Retardation. He was the President of the Association for Behavior Analysis and the Division of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities of the American Psychological Association. He has served as an expert witness in a number of court cases involving individuals with autism and developmental disabilities. One of his books, Toilet Training in Less Than a Day, has sold over two million copies and has been translated into seven languages and one of his training films, "Harry" (the treatment of a self-abusive man), has won numerous cinematic awards.

Adolescents with autism can present a special set of behavioral challenges. This talk will focus on the application of effective educational and treatment strategies, methods and skills building approaches to help adolescents and their parents and caregivers not only deal with autism but puberty as well. Some of the areas covered include aggression, masturbation, inappropriate touching, toilet training, social skills, and problem solving skills. The discussion also will include how antecedent planning can reduce confrontations and escape motivated behavior.




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