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12/05/19 – Teaching Play to Children with Autism Using Applied Behavior Analysis


LIVE WEBINAR: Thursday, 12/5/19

Recording Availability: 12/6/2019 – 12/11/2019 

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Title: Teaching Play to Children with Autism Using Applied Behavior Analysis

Presented By: Russell Lang PhD, BCBA-D

Date: Thursday, 12/5/19

Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm eastern (New York)

Recording Availability: 12/6/2019 – 12/11/2019 at 5 pm eastern


    Play is important to child development because it provides a context for emerging motor, language and social skills. Unfortunately, children with autism often engage in restrictive and repetitive play that is not as likely to facilitate the acquisition of other important behaviors as the play behavior of typically developing children. In this session we will describe the reasons why teaching play behavior to children with autism is often an important goal, identify the evidence-based approaches to teaching play to children with autism, and offer specific strategies to improve the variability and diversity of play in children with autism.

    Learning Objectives

    1. Identify 3 reasons why improving the play behavior of children with autism is an important early intervention goal.
    2. Identify the components of evidence-based play intervention.
    3. Identify specific intervention procedures that are likely to improve the diversity, flexibility and variability of play in children with autism.

    Presenter Bio and Disclosure Statement

    Russell Lang, PhD, BCBA-D, is an associate professor of Special Education and a doctoral-level Board Certified Behavior Analyst. He earned his PhD in Special Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and early childhood developmental disabilities from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Lang completed a post-doctoral researcher position at the University of California in Santa Barbara. He has published over 150 peer-reviewed research papers, books and multiple book chapters concerning the education and treatment of children with autism and other developmental disabilities. Dr. Lang’s research is most often conducted in applied settings including children’s homes and schools. He serves on the editorial review board for Journal of Development and Physical Disabilities, Developmental Neurorehabilitation, Journal of Child and Family Studies, Advances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Journal of Behavioral Education and Behavior Modification.

    The presenter(s) and/or presenters’ family members do not have financial arrangement or affiliation with any of the products, organizations, or programs mentioned during this talk.

    Credit Hour Information


    Behavior Analysts: 1 Type II CEU

    Psychologists: 1 CE

    Social Workers/Counselors: 1 Clinical CE/ 1 CE

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    12:00 pm: Introduction
    12:05 pm: Webinar begins
    12:50 pm: Q & A session
    1:00 pm: Evaluation, post-test and attendance code submission forms