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Teaching Beginning Language and Establishing Vocalizations in Children with Autism: A Tutorial for Parents

In this presentation, Dr. Valentino will provide practical suggestions for increasing overall language in children with autism. She will also outline the steps to take to kick–start early communication skills (regardless of the age of the individual). Finally, she will describe everyday strategies that parents can implement to support the development of vocalizations in children who are not yet verbal.

Date & Time: July 12, 2018, 1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT

Presenter: Amber L. Valentino Psy.D., BCBA–D, Executive Director of Research and Clinical Standards – Trumpet Behavioral Health

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We’ll discuss the physical, mental and emotional growth of individuals who may display its symptoms. These phone sessions are open to anyone, including parents, caregivers and loved ones. They’re free and you don’t have to register.

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Easy Compliance Training for Parents and Caregivers

During this presentation we will discuss some common behavioral problems associated with individuals diagnosed with autism, define some key intervention strategies and provide a detailed course of action to improve compliance. We will outline mechanisms to track progress as well as tools to improve use of these strategies across caregivers and environments.

June 2018

Presenter: Heather Hackett-Hayes, BCBA, Clinical Director/Owner, Spectrum Behavioral Associates

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Teaching Play Skills to Individuals with ASD

This presentation will review the importance of teaching and reinforcing play and leisure skills for parents and caregivers of individuals with ASD. Additionally, it will review strategies to teach and reinforce play and leisure skills in the home environment.

May 2018

Presenter: Sienna Greener-Wooten, PhD, BCBA, CARD Clinical Quality Director, Center for Autism and Related Disorders, LLC

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How to Encourage Your Child to Listen

The presentation examines seven important components of instructional control to assist in gaining your child's compliance.

April 2018

Presenter: Mary Knowles, BCBA w/ Behavior Analysis Inc.

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Programming for Advanced Learners with ASD

March 2018

Presenter: Evelyn Kung, MA, BCBA, CARD Clinical Director

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Gastrointestinal Problems in Children with ASD

February 2018

Presenter: Eric Levey, M.D. Chief Medical Officer, Health Services for Children with Special Needs

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Parent Involvement in ABA Treatment Programs for Individuals with ASD

January 2018

Presenter: Jamie Goodrich, MA, BCBA, CARD Clinical Quality Manager

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ABC Data Recording and Consequence-Based Strategies for Behavior Change

October 2017

Presenter: Anthony Hamedi, BCBA

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Important Skills for Sexual Education

September 2017

Presenter: Carly Graf, BCBA

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Teaching Language to Children with Autism

August 2017

Presenter: Mary Knowles, BCBA

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Oral Medication

July 2017

Presenter: Melissa L Olive, BCBA-D, PHD

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Transition and Planning for the Future

June 2017

Presenter: Nagla Moussa, Moussa Autism Consulting LLC

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Using Behavior Charts Successfully to Modify Behaviors

May 2017

Presenter: Johanna McDonald, BCBA, MA

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Evidenced Based Teaching Strategies for Individuals with ASD

April 2017

Presenter: Maegen Pierce, BCBA, MA

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Social Skills and How they Relate to My Child

March 2017

Presenter: Nancy Harris-Kroll, LBA, MSED from The Learning Resource Center

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Managing Challenging Behaviors at Home; Tools, Strategies, and Support

February 2017

Presenter: Emily Berman, BCBA, MA from Gateway Learning Center

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Diagnosing Autism and What Comes Next

January 2017

Presenter: Natalie Roth, LP, PHD from Alternative Behavior Strategies

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Potty Training Basics: an ABA Approach

October 2016

Presenter: Megan Haupert, BCBA

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Wandering and Elopement - AWAARE Program

September 2016

Presenter: Nagla Moussa, President of North Texas National Autism Association

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Post-Secondary Opportunities & Options for ALL Students with Autism

August 2016

Presenter: Cathryn Weir, Think College

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Everyone Stims: When to Re-direct, Evaluating Self Stimulatory Behaviors

July 2016

Presenter: Christina Sebastian, M.A., BCBA, Director of Clinical Services, California Psychcare Inc.

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Decreasing Problem Behaviors by Using Reinforcement

June 2016

Presenter: Rachel Fouche, LMFT, MA, Executive Director of Therapeutic Learning Consultants, Inc.

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Helpful Hints and Handouts for Families

May 2016

Presenter: Terri Howard, BCBA, Founder and Director of Southlake Autism and Behavior Services

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How to Get the Most out of Your In-home Therapy: The Importance of Parent Participation in Child Gains

April 2016

Presenter: Melissa Union, M.Ed, BCBA, LBA, Navigation Behavioral Consulting, LLC

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Individualized Educational Program (IEP) and Parents Rights

March 2016

Presenter: Melissa Olive, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Executive Director, Applied Behavioral Strategies, LLC

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Functions of Behavior

February 2016

Presenter: Michael Conteh, M.Ed, BCBA, Executive Director of TDLC and Project Autism

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Putting the FUN into Play Dates

January 2016

Presenter: Rosa E. Patterson, MS, BCBA, Executive Director, Autism Behavior Services, Inc.

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