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It Ain’t All for Kids: Creating ABA Programs for Teens and Adult Individuals with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities – Video Archive


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Title: It Ain't All for Kids: Creating ABA Programs for Teens and Adult Individuals with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities

Presented By: Professor Peter Sturmey

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ABA has recently become very popular in early intervention settings, but there has always been a role for ABA with adults with intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Additionally, the number of children with autism spectrum disorders has increased we can anticipate that, family members who have received high quality services for their children, will search for high quality adult services. This webinar will explore recent research on adult with disabilities including (a) curriculum development; (b) skills training procedures; (c) evaluating preferences for staff and establishing better relationships with staff; (d) challenging behavior; and (e) staff training and supervision. The webinar will also describe tensions between contemporary service ideology, service underfunding and how ABA will have to adapt to new service environments such as person centered planning.

Learning Objectives

Participants will describe the following related to adults with intellectual disabilities and ASD:

1. The content of ABA curricula;
2. Teaching methods;
3. Assessment and modification of preferences for other adults such as staff;
4. Functional assessment and analysis and function-based treatment of challenging behavior;
5. Staff training, supervision and support; and
6. Current service issues.

Presenter Bio and Disclosure Statement

Professor Peter Sturmey, ABAC resident speaker, is Professor of Psychology at The Graduate Center and the Department of Psychology, Queens College, City University of New York where he is a member of the Behavior Analysis Doctoral and Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis programs. He specializes in autism and other developmental disabilities, especially in the areas of applied behavior analysis, dual diagnosis, evidence-based practice, and staff and parent training. He gained his PhD at the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom and subsequently taught at the University of the South West (Plymouth) and University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. He then worked for the Texas Department of Mental Health and Retardation from 1990-2000 as Chief Psychologist, first at Abilene then San Antonio State Schools during a federal class action lawsuit. There he supervised behavioral services and master's level psychologists providing behavior support plans for severe behavioral and psychiatric disorders in adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities and implementing large-scale active treatment and restraint reduction programs.

Professor Sturmey has published 25 edited and authored books, over 210 peer reviewed papers, and over 70 book chapters. He is the series editor for Springer’s new book series Advances in Prevention and Treatment in Violence and Aggression. He provides webinars on ABA to qualified professionals and others on a regular basis. He has made numerous presentations nationally and internationally, including recent presentations in Canada, Brazil, Belgium, Luxembourg and Italy. He has an active lab of graduate and undergraduate students working on developing and evaluating effective and efficient ways of training caregivers using modeling and feedback to use applied behavior analysis with children and adults with autism and other disabilities. He provides training and consultations widely.

Peter Sturmey is co-author or editor of books mentioned during the presentation. He receives royalties from the sale of the books. He also receives speaker and consultation fees for this and other related presentations.

Credit Hour Information

BCBAs earn 3 CEUs for viewing recording.

  • Must pass post-test with 80% or above and submit all attendance codes
  • CEs not available for other professions

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This webinar is 3 hours long. It begins with a short intro and the presenter starts speaking soon after. At the end of the event, participants are required to submit an evaluation, take and pass a post-test and submit attendance codes.