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04.16.2009 — Lovaas Institute Outreach Seminar

Creating Measurable and Achievable IEP Goals for Children with Autism

WHO:

Vincent J. LaMarca, BCBA, is the site administrator for the Lovaas Institute’s Indianapolis Treatment Center (www.lovaas.com). He has worked as a behavior consultant for home-based behavioral treatment programs with the Lovaas Institute for the past 10 years and has utilized the Lovaas Model of Applied Behavior Analysis for the past 14 years.

WHAT:

Teaching children with autism presents unique challenges compared to teaching children with other developmental disabilities. For example, the tendency of some children with autism to demonstrate overgeneralization (referring to all 4 legged animals as dogs) while others demonstrate difficulty with generalization (identifying one picture of a dog, but not other pictures of dogs) can make it difficult to both write and assess IEP goals and objectives.

This seminar will include the following:

  • A discussion of different ways to breakdown specific skills into measurable and attainable objectives.
  • A discussion of different ways to define mastery criteria for those objectives.
  • A discussion of different ways to collect data in order to assess whether those objectives have been met.

While a number of examples will be given, participants are encouraged to bring their own questions or examples of difficulties in writing IEP goals so that these can be included in the discussion.

WHERE:

Franklin Road Branch Library (southeast side of Indianapolis)
5550 S Franklin Rd (map)

WHEN:

Thursday, April 16, 2009 (5:30-7:30 PM)
The presentation will last approximately 1.5 hours with plenty of time at the end for additional questions.
(attendees can come and go as needed)

COST:

Free. We are committed to providing basic information on applied behavior analysis as part of our community outreach efforts.

RSVP:

ecause the conference is free, anyone can come, even if they don’t RSVP. However, please try to let us know how many people in your group will attend by April 13 so that we bring enough copies of handouts for everyone. Contact Vince LaMarca Please title the email something like, "Re: Lovaas Outreach Seminar" so that it isn't deleted by accident as junk mail. In the email, include the following information:

PARENTS

Name:
School District:
Age of Child with Autism:

SCHOOL EMPLOYEES

Name:
School District:
Position:

PRIVATE PROFESSIONALS
(e.g., OT, SLP, BEHAVIOR CONSULTANTS, ABA INSTRUCTORS, LAWYERS)

Name:
Occupation:
Location:


02.19.2009 — Lovaas Institute Outreach Seminar

Discrete Trial Teaching: Basic Application and Guiding Principles for Home and School

WHO:

Vincent J. LaMarca, BCBA, is the site administrator for the Lovaas Institute’s Indianapolis Treatment Center (www.lovaas.com). He has worked as a behavior consultant for home-based behavioral treatment programs with the Lovaas Institute for the past 10 years and has utilized the Lovaas Model of Applied Behavior Analysis for the past 14 years

WHAT:

Discrete trial teaching is one of the most underestimated and misrepresented teaching strategies in Applied Behavior Analysis. While not the only part of an intensive behavioral treatment program, discrete trial teaching is a rich and powerful teaching technique that has been effectively implemented with children with autism.

This seminar will include the following:

  • basic information on discrete trials like that provided to families who start a behavioral treatment program with the Lovaas Institute, including video examples
  • key guidelines that increase or decrease the likelihood that discrete trials will be effective
  • advanced issues to consider when implementing discrete trial teaching that is individualized for a child
  • specific suggestions for families on how guidelines for discrete trial teaching are also applicable throughout a child’s day at home
  • specific suggestions for teachers on how guidelines for discrete trial teaching are also applicable throughout the school day
WHERE:

Franklin Road Branch Library (southeast side of Indianapolis)
5550 S Franklin Rd (map)

WHEN:

Thursday, February 19, 2009 (5:30-7:30 PM)
The presentation will last approximately 1.5 hours with plenty of time at the end for additional questions.
(attendees can come and go as needed)

COST:

Free. We are committed to providing basic information on applied behavior analysis as part of our community outreach efforts.

RSVP:

Because the conference is free, anyone can come, even if they don't RSVP. However, please try to let us know how many people in your group will attend by February 16 so that we bring enough copies of handouts for everyone. Contact Vince LaMarca Please title the email something like, "Re: Lovaas Outreach Seminar" so that it isn't deleted by accident as junk mail. In the email, include the following information:

PARENTS

Name:
School District:
Age of Child with Autism:

SCHOOL EMPLOYEES

Name:
School District:
Position:

PRIVATE PROFESSIONALS
(e.g., OT, SLP, BEHAVIOR CONSULTANTS, ABA INSTRUCTORS, LAWYERS)

Name:
Occupation:
Location:


09.20.2008 — Autism Speaks' Walk Now for Autism at Citizen's Bank Park.

WHAT:

Visit our information booth and learn more about our services. Join our team as we walk to raise awareness and funds to support individuals with autism and their families.

WHERE:

Philadelphia, PA.

WHEN:

Saturday, September 20, 2008


05.06.2008 — National Autism Association of PA.

WHAT:

Meet Lovaas Institute representatives and learn about the Lovaas Model of Applied Behavior Analysis, which is used with children as young as 18 months up to elementary school-aged. The presentation will include information about research, teaching techniques, and characteristics of home- and school-based intervention. Q&A at end.

WHERE:

Lancaster, PA.

WHEN:

The presentation will be held Tuesday, May 6, 2008, 6:30-8:30pm


02.23.2008 — Lovaas Institute to present at the 2008 CalABA Conference.

Innovation and Refinement of Skill Acquisition and Behavior Reduction Procedures at the Lovaas Institute

WHAT:

Though there are treatment manuals that present a wide range of instructional programs and standard procedures for implementing them (Janzen, 1996; Lovaas, 2003; Sundberg & Partington, 1998) little information is widely available on trouble shooting strategies when standard procedures are ineffective or inefficient.

Receptive identification (tact) frequently is one skill area in which children with autism require the practitioner to troubleshoot in order for a child to demonstrate skill acquisition. However, the range of creative strategies used to expedite skill acquisition of receptive object labels and other instructional programs, usually are not widely disseminated. The purpose of this workshop is to demonstrate and exchange programming ideas that have been effective at teaching receptive discriminations when published procedures have failed.

In terms of programming innovations, behavior reductive procedures usually result in an even greater degree of innovation. We will discuss how creative proactive measures, differential reinforcement, and sensory matching have been effective when reactive measures were ineffective.

Additionally, workshop participants will be exposed to a refined methodology for making comparisons of two instructional procedures to ensure instruction is both effective and efficient.

The Lovaas Institute presentation has been approved for 3 BACB continuing education units.

WHERE:

The 2008 CalABA conference will be held February 21-23 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County in Garden Grove, CA.

WHEN:

The presentation will be held Saturday, February 23, 2008 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm


07.31.2007 — Lovaas Institute Outreach Seminar

The Art and Science of Peer Integration (Play Dates) in the Lovaas Model

WHO:

Jennifer LaMarca and Vincent LaMarca, BCBA, are behavior consultants with the Lovaas Institute and reside in Indianapolis. They have utilized the Lovaas Model of Applied Behavior Analysis for the past 12 years.

WHAT:

A repertoire of play behavior forms the framework for social interactions. Play and socialization have increasing become an important topic for behavior analysts in autism intervention. This is especially true considering data from Sallows & Grapner's (2005) replication of the Lovaas (1987) study. In Sallows & Graupner, 48% of children demonstrated rapid learning achieving substantial cognitive, language, adaptive, social and academic growth. Among this group, the number of hours of structured home-based peer integration (play dates) was significantly related to teachers' ratings of social skills. Structured peer integration is again highlighted as an integral component of the most recent replication (Cohen, Amerine-Dickens, & Smith, 2006).

This seminar is intended to demonstrate the principles, curricula, and evaluation procedures of interventions to teach play and social skills and extend teaching into structured peer integration sessions. Parents, teachers, and other professionals involved with children on the autism spectrum between the ages of 2 and 10 are most likely to benefit. The seminar is a shortened version of the conference presented by Dr. Ivar Lovaas, Dr. Scott Cross, and Vincent LaMarca at the May 2007 ABA Convention in San Diego.

WHERE:

Franklin Road Branch Library (southeast side of Indianapolis)
5550 S Franklin Rd (map)

WHEN:

Tuesday, July 31, 2007 (5:30-7:30 PM)
The presentation will last approximately 1.5 hours with plenty of time at the end for additional questions.
(attendees can come and go as needed)

COST:

Free

RSVP:

Because the conference is free, anyone can come, even if they don't RSVP. However, please try to let us know how many people in your group will attend by July 30 so that we bring enough copies of handouts for everyone. Contact Vince LaMarca Please title the email something like, "Re: Lovaas Outreach Seminar" so that it isn't deleted by accident as junk mail. In the email, include the following information:

PARENTS

Name:
School District:
Age of Child with Autism:

SCHOOL EMPLOYEES

Name:
School District:
Position:

PRIVATE PROFESSIONALS
(e.g., OT, SLP, BEHAVIOR CONSULTANTS, ABA INSTRUCTORS, LAWYERS)

Name:
Occupation:
Location:


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