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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health and Safety Guide

ASERT has put together some resources for those with autism and those who care for people with autism relating to the current Coronavirus outbreak.

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Avoiding Resurgence of Interfering Behavior for People with Complex Communication Needs

Interfering behavior includes behavioral topographies that have the potential to cause harm or have an adverse effect on one’s quality of life. This webinar will provide strategies to improve the robustness of behavioral interventions for interfering behavior, aiming to provide lasting effects over time or when fidelity deteriorates. Practical considerations for intervention planning during COVID 19 will also be discussed. The webinar will include the following:

  • 1. Functional analysis and differential reinforcement of alternative behavior
  • 2. Selecting a communicative alternative(s), with considerations around augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)
  • 3. Intervention planning
    • a. Demand fading (Lalli, Casey, & Kates, 1995; Wacker et al., 2011),
    • b. Reinforcement schedule thinning (Betz, Fisher, Roane, Mintz, & Owen, 2013; Hanley, Iwata, & Thompson, 2001)
    • c. Conditional use of communicative alternatives (Simacek et al., 2018)
  • 4. Practical considerations for interfering behavior intervention during COVID 19.

Dr. Jessica Simacek holds a PhD in Special Education, Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota. Her work focuses on the areas of early intervention for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities, particularly focused on communication intervention for children with complex communication needs, and in the use of telehealth as an intervention delivery mechanism to address barriers to intervention access. Dr. Simacek has an extensive background in working closely with families and clinical teams in behavioral intervention programs, throughout home, clinical, and educational settings.

Type 2 CEUs available for BCBAs and BCaBAs, but all are welcome to attend.

Upcoming Dates

  • Thursday, December 3, 2020, 12:00 - 1:00 pm




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