Autism and Problem Behavior: Addressing Problem Behavior in School and Home Settings

Friday, March 7, 2014 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 8, 2014 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Owen Brown Interfaith – Hall A
7246 Cradlerock Way
Columbia, MD
This workshop presented by Tom Caffrey, M.Ed., BCBA will provide teachers and parents with reinforcement-based approaches for addressing problem behavior. Mr. Caffrey will focus on the assessment and treatment of problem behavior maintained by the two most common functions: social negative reinforcement (to get out of demands), and social positive reinforcement (to get tangible items, activities, attention). At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Define Motivating Operation (MO) and explain its importance in assessing and treating problem behavior
  • List the four basic functions of behavior
  • Provide examples of curricular revisions that can improve the effectiveness of instruction and lower the value of escape-motivated behavior
  • Explain how alternative communication choice may impact behavior for persons with language delays, including autism
  • Identify the controlling variables (operant four-term contingency) responsible for the maintenance of self-injury, aggression, stereotypy, and destructive behavior
  • Describe the purpose of conducting a functional assessment of problem behavior
  • Identify the defining features of indirect, descriptive, and functional analysis approaches to assessment
  • Describe the strengths and limitations for each general approach to assessment
  • List three reinforcement-based methods for reducing problem behavior and discuss reasons for using each
  • Develop a treatment strategy for replacing maladaptive mands that you are prepared to honor with alternative, appropriate mands
  • Develop a treatment strategy for replacing maladaptive mands that you are NOT prepared to honor with accepting no
  • Develop a treatment strategy for replacing non-compliance with cooperation during transitions from preferred to less preferred activities

Registration: $50 per person; 100 seats available. Contact or 410 290-3466 for registration information.

Hosted by Howard County Autism Society, RISE for Autism, and the Howard County Public School System

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