Association for Behavior Analysis International

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33rd Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2007

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Invited Paper Session #432
CE Offered: BACB

Preventing Serious Problems Associated with Autism: Some Validated and Promising Strategies

Monday, May 28, 2007
3:30 PM–4:20 PM
Douglas C
Area: AUT; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Glen Dunlap, Ph.D.
Chair: Jack Scott (Florida Atlantic University)
GLEN DUNLAP (University of South Florida)
Dr. Glen Dunlap is a professor at the University of South Florida in Tampa. He is one of the pioneers in the Positive Behavior Support movement and serves as one of the founding editors of the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions. Glen has directed a large number of federal and state projects typically focused on identifying the factors that foster the development of challenging behavior and then assisting families and professionals, working in partnership, to prevent the development of these challenges. Dr Dunlap is the author of a long list of books, books chapters, and research articles on intervention and disability. His research interests include the role of choice in intervention, early and family focused intervention and the creation of sustainable and community-based interventions for persons with severe disabilities.

Autism is a complex and heterogeneous disability that is associated with a myriad of serious problems that affect the lives of the diagnosed child as well as family members and others who are close to the child. Such problems include challenging behaviors, family disintegration, isolation, and highly restricted learning opportunities. A number of interventions have been implemented in efforts to prevent or remediate these problems. This presentation will describe several of the most conspicuous problems associated with autism, along with selected prevention strategies that have been validated with experimental data or that seem particularly promising as a result of quasi-experimental findings and clinical experience.




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