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30th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2004

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Invited Paper Session #281
CE Offered: None

An Emerging Behavioral-Developmental Consensus on Autism Treatment

Monday, May 31, 2004
9:00 AM–9:50 AM
Back Bay B
Area: AUT; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Jack Scott, Ph.D.
Chair: Jack Scott (Florida Atlantic University)
TODD R. RISLEY (University of Alaska, Anchorage)
Dr. Todd R. Risley received his PhD in Psychology from the University of Washington in 1966. He is a Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Alaska and a former Professor of Human Development and Senior Scientist of the Bureau of Child Research at the University of Kansas. He was a founding editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, a founding associate editor of Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, and has served on the editorial boards of 15 other scientific journals. He is a Past President of both the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy and the Behavior Analysis Division of the American Psychological Association. His widely cited and reprinted “action research” has introduced many new procedures and concepts including: time out (with Wolf and Mees in 1964); discrete trials language training (with Wolf in 1964); incidental teaching of language (with Hart in 1968); single-subject research designs and applied behavior analysis (with Baer and Wolf in 1968); engagement measures (in 1972); life arrangements and life coaching interventions (in 1996); and meaningful differences in amount of parent talk and child vocabulary size, and the details of children learning to talk (with Hart in 1995 & 1999). His work has received many awards including the Edgar A. Doll Award from the American Psychological Association, and the Outstanding Research Award from the American Association on Mental Retardation. He has served on many boards and commissions in Alaska, and as Director of Alaska’s Division of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities. He is known for promoting flexible funding and individualized arrangements–anathema for bureaucrats–as being the most humane, the most effective, and the least expensive way to provide services. Since 1982, Todd Risley has lived at “Risley Mountain”, the Alaska homestead where he was born in 1937.

Todd Risley is now known for his research on language development of typical children but was one of the founders of applied behavior analysis and of behavioral interventions with autistic children. His presentation will integrate behavioral and developmental information to emphasize consensus rather than controversy in early intervention for autistic children.




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