Exploring Autism and Co-occurring Behavioral Health Conditions

The workshop addresses the co-occurring behavioral health conditions that are most common in individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Content of the workshop includes:  Characteristics and prevalence of co-occurring behavioral health conditions  Differential diagnosis and characterization of behavioral health conditions in individuals with autism spectrum disorder  Approaches to treatment of co-occurring behavioral health conditions in individuals…

Simple Steps to Functional Communication

Simple Steps to Functional Communication A key factor of many Developmental Disabilities is a deficit in communication skills. These deficits may include difficulty with expressive language, receptive language, or a combination of both. Expressive language is the ability of an individual to express himself to others while receptive language is the ability to understand what…

The Uniqueness of Women and Girls on the Autism Spectrum

Join CRAAG to hear about The Uniqueness of Women and Girls on the Autism Spectrum. Topics to be covered Gender differences in ASD across the lifespan “Camouflaging differences Implications for supporting girls and women on the Autism Specturm The presentation will be led by Dr. Rose Nevill, Director of UVA Autism Research Core and Dr.…

Trauma Informed Care for Behavior Analysts — Buzzword or Just Good Practice?

Trauma Informed Care for Behavior Analysts — Buzzword or Just Good Practice? What Defines a Trauma Informed Organization or System? “A program, organization, or system that is trauma-informed: Realizes the widespread impact of trauma and understands potential paths for recovery; Recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma in clients, families, staff, and others involved with…

Exploring Autism and Co-occurring Behavioral Health Conditions

The workshop addresses the co-occurring behavioral health conditions that are most common in individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Content of the workshop includes:  Characteristics and prevalence of co-occurring behavioral health conditions  Differential diagnosis and characterization of behavioral health conditions in individuals with autism spectrum disorder  Approaches to treatment of co-occurring behavioral health conditions in individuals…

The Token Economy

The Token Economy Token economies can be an effective way to manage contingencies in schools, home and the community.  They are systems in which a child earns “tokens” that can be exchanged for a variety of preferred items. (Sound familiar? Our monetary system is a token economy!) They can help children with and without disabilities…

Evidence Based Interventions

There are many interventions in existence claiming to be beneficial for individuals with autism.  However, the field itself seems to be a magnet for interventions and therapies that are based in pseudo-science and have no research to support them. At worst, some of these interventions can be harmful and even if not directly harmful using…

Antecedent Based Interventions (ABI)

Antecedent Based Interventions (ABI) are a type of behavioral intervention designed to prevent challenging behavior.  With ABI, we assess conditions of an environment, such as the location, materials, noise level, instructions, and people present.  We also assess consequences that are reinforcing interfering behavior, such as the delivery of a desired item after a problem behavior…

Motor Development and ASD

In 2012 Flanagan and colleagues presented evidence that infants’ head lag during a pull-to-sit task at age six months was significantly associated with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder at 36 months. The authors acknowledged limitations of the study, including a relatively small sample and the absence of a comparison group of infants with idiopathic…