Aug 13, 2020 - 9:00 AM to 12:15 PM
Keri Strejlau, M.S. SPED. BCBA, LBA & Rosemary Fitzgerald, M.S. Ed
Elementary, Middle School, High School
Teachers, Social Workers, Psychologists, Speech Pathologists, LMHCs, School Leaders, Level III Teaching Assts.
Identifying effective treatments for neurodevelopmental disorders should be based on a solid foundation of scientific evidence. The use of interventions that have been found to be effective are particularly important for the ASD community. However, perhaps equally as important is the understanding of child development from infancy through childhood. This presentation will review the importance of understanding child development and how to address skill deficits of children with autism accordingly. The use of ABA/VB methodologies will be outlined within the context of a developmentally sensitive model of teaching and intervention. The ability to observe and imitate others plays a critical role in learning new behaviors. Deficits in imitation skills are a distinctive feature of those with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), significantly impacting the development of language, communication, play, academic success, and self-help behaviors. Examples and procedures for implementing these strategies will be discussed.