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Cal-ABA Conference: March 12-14, 2009


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San FranciscoThe California Association for Behavior Analysis (Cal-ABA) is having its 27th annual conference March 12-14 at the San Francisco Airport Hyatt Regency.  The Jigsaw Learning team will have 2 presentations this year: 1) a workshop, presented by Manya Vaupel, and 2) a symposium chaired by me with presentations by Manya, Shannon, me, and Debbie Moss (from LA Unified School District). 

Both presentations are described below….

The conference is of special interest to college and university faculty, researchers, administrators, and practitioners in behavior analysis, psychology, regular and special education, rehabilitation, public health, behavioral medicine, speech and language, social work, business, and human services. Undergraduate, graduate students and family members of individuals with special needs are also encouraged to attend.

The conference offers information, resources, and prSan Francisco 2ofessional development opportunities for Board Certified Behavior Analysts, Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, social workers, speech-language pathologists, regular and special educators, students in those and related fields, and parents and/or consumers of behavior analysis services.

Keynote addresses will be delivered by CalABA’s public policy consultant James Gross, who is sure to inspire listeners to get involved in public policy work, and Sigrid Glenn, a visionary behavior analyst who will clarify burning conceptual questions about what it means to be a “radical” behaviorist. The 2009 Outstanding Contributor to Behavior Analysis, Jon Bailey, will describe “pillars of professionalism” for behavior analysts in his address. This year’s Glenda Vittimberga Memorial Lecture will be on the important topic of psychotropic medications for challenging behaviors, delivered by Jennifer Zarcone.

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 Jigsaw Learning Presentations:

Friday, March 13, 2009     
Fri., 3/13 · 1:45 pm - 3:15 pm
Symposium
(ED, AUT)
(1.5 CEUs - BACB)
Sandpebble A - C
(ID #1149)    

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Debbie Moss

 

 

Computer-Assisted Instructional Planning in California Schools
Chair: CHRISTINA WHALEN, Jigsaw LearningSchool districts in California are faced with many of the same problems as other states in the U.S. for serving children with special needs. These problems include insufficient staffing, teaching materials, data collection, and finding and implementing effective interventions. One of the biggest problems for schools is lack of funding to address most of these issues. Interventions that can reduce the burden on schools in California is much needed and computer-assisted interventions such as those provided by Jigsaw Learning may help. In this presentation, several computer-assisted programs will be presented by Jigsaw Learning staff and Los Angeles Unified School District including single-subject, case, and group design research.     

Linking Standardized Measures and Curriculum Standards to Intervention
MANYA VAUPEL, Jigsaw Learning
Christina Whalen, Jigsaw Learning
Shannon Cernich, Jigsaw Learning

The development of intervention often involves a ‘learning-as-you-go’ approach where various practices are tried out, often in a single-subject design or case study format. This approach is effective and accepted in most cases. However, when developing a computer-assisted intervention, this is often not possible due to the time and money required for development of the intervention. To ensure quality intervention, computer-assisted programs should be built from best-practices in assessment and intervention including the use of standardized measures, curricula, and national and state content standards. TeachTown programs including TeachTown Basics and TeachTown Avenue use top-notch measures, curricula, and standards to develop these interventions. In this presentation, the method in which the ABLLS, California Content Standards, and other resources were utilized in development will be presented.

Teaching Language and Social Skills Using an Animated Tutor
SHANNON CERNICH, Jigsaw Learning
Christina Whalen, Jigsaw Learning
Manya Vaupel, Jigsaw Learning
Molly Robson, Independent Consultant
Lauren Franke, Independent Consultant

Information on Team Up with Timo computer-assisted instructional programs for students with ASD and language delays will be presented. Team Up with Timo products utilize a lip readably accurate animated tutor, scaffolded teaching and other ABA techniques. Timo targets vocabulary acquisition, reading comprehension, and narrative language skills. Timo Lesson Creator enables educators and interventionists to create individualized social, language, and academic lessons that tie directly to IEP goals. Research supporting the use of Timo in the laboratory will be reviewed, and new research with 3 ASD students in a school setting will be presented. This study uses a multiple baseline design to target narrative language skills in the classroom environment.

Using Teachtown Basics Computer-Assisted Intervention in a Public School Setting
DEBBIE MOSS, Los Angeles Unified School District
Christina Whalen, Jigsaw Learning
Shannon Cernich, Jigsaw Learning
Manya Vaupel, Jigsaw Learning

The implementation of interventions in a public school environment is often difficult and many schools are experimenting with computer-assisted interventions to address their issues with funding, staffing, and resources. In a grant supported by the National Center of Technology Innovation (NCTI), a clinical trial with more than 50 children with autism was implemented. Data will be presented on the effectiveness of the intervention (including on and off computer TeachTown lessons) as assessed by the Brigance and other standardized measures, the usability by staff, and automatic data collection by the TeachTown software. In addition, video clips of children using the on and off-computer lessons will be shown.

Automatic Data Collection and Reporting on Students of Teachtown Basics in the State of California
CHRISTINA WHALEN, Jigsaw Learning
Paul Fielding, Independent Consultant
Asif Rahman, Independent Consultant
Shannon Cernich, Jigsaw Learning
Manya Vaupel, Jigsaw Learning

Data collection and student outcome are one of the biggest problems for effective implementation of intervention. TeachTown is an ABA-based intervention that uses the computer and off-computer activities to teach children with autism, language, and cognitive delays. TeachTown provides a system for collecting data automatically on the computer and offering a system for storing and sharing anecdotal data. In this presentation, data collected automatically from the TeachTown program will be presented including individual student data, classroom data, school site data, SELPA data, and the data on all customers in the state of California, and data on all users to date. Data on more than 1,000 students will be presented along with social validation research.

 
Saturday, March 14, 2009     
Sat., 3/14 · 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Workshop #10
(AUT, DD - Intro)
Room location TBA
(ID #1135)
Fee: $35
Max. enrollment: N/A    

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Using Technology in Your ABA Programs for Children with Autism
MANYA VAUPEL, Jigsaw Learning
CHRISTINA WHALEN, Jigsaw Learning
SHANNON CERNICH, Jigsaw Learning
There are many challenges to face when implementing effective ABA programs for students with autism. Technology can provide lots of solutions to the challenges teachers, clinicians, and parents deal with in effective ABA programming for students with Autism. In this workshop we will explore what has been done in terms of utilizing various assistive technology to enhance student learning in ABA programs in current research investigations. We will discuss different ideas for using technology in ABA programming in schools, homes and the community, we will provide examples of what is being done currently in schools and clinics, and we will explore the critical components to effective ABA programming and how technology can provide more efficient solutions to some of these components that are easily overlooked. At the end of this workshop, participants should have a better understanding of current practice and research in assistive technology in ABA programming, they should have additional resources in finding and implementing the appropriate technology needed in their programs, and they should be able to identify appropriate technology that will assist or enhance their current instructional programs for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

TeachTown Basics voted as one of the brightest ideas of 2008!


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The 2008 NCTI:  National Conference for Technology Innovators was sold out this year.  The National Center for Technology Innovation (NCTI) brings technology innovators, researchers, instructional and assistive technology vendors, philanthropists, policymakers, OSEP projects, and the media together to bring creativity, research, and efficacy to a fast paced, exciting two days.
Five outstanding teams of researchers and vendors were selected to examine the impact of innovative assistive technologies for students with special needs.
NCTI was delighted to announce that TeachTown Basics, a computer assisted intervention program for students with ASD, was voted by peers as one of the brightest ideas of 2008 at the NCTI Tech-Expo!  Dr. Christina Whalen and her team were excited to be a part of such an exciting event in Washington DC this year.
Bright Ideas WinnerAwarded to: Christina Whalen, TeachTown (vendor); Jennifer Symon, California State University, Los Angeles (researcher); and Connie Kasari, University of California, Los Angeles (researcher)
Efficacy of a Computer-Assisted Teaching Program for Children with Autism in a School Setting
Project Description: This team will test the effectiveness of the TeachTown software curriculum with the aim of positive gains in early language, cognition, and social behaviors among preschool and kindergarten students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

National Center of Technology Innovation - Technology Innovators Conference


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The National Center for Technology Innovation (NCTI) is hosting the Technology Innovators Conference in Washington, DC on November 20 and 21, 2008 at the Madison Hotel.  This conference will include technology developers, researchers, technology vendors, policymakers, OSEP projects, and the media.  Online registration is now closed. On-site registrations will be accepted.

The conference offers 2 days of informative presentations and an expo which will offer the following opportunities: 

TeachTown has received funding and support from NCTI and we are looking forward to a long-term relationship with the organization as our company grows.  Click here to see more about our history with NCTI.

ABA Conference - Memorial Day Weekend, 2007


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Coming up over Memorial Day weekend is the next ABA (Association for Behavior Analysis) conference in gorgeous San Diego, California!  This year there are more interesting presentations and opportunities for learning than ever before.  One of the most interesting things is seeing the advancement of ABA for treatment of children with autism and how even the most structured approaches are now realizing how critical generalization, creativity, and flexibilty are for the optimal treatment outcome!  This modern philosophy in ABA demonstrates that intervention can be extremely effective, scientific, and socially relevant.  I also am very interested to see the presentations on technology (although there are still only a few of these!!).

Here are some things that I recommend checking out if you plan to attend (workshops have an additional fee but are nice because they are more focused and detailed and you often have less crowds to deal with).  These suggestions are ones which would appeal to someone interested in autism and who holds a similar treatment philosophy to TeachTown (i.e. using sound principles of science, but realizing the importance of generalization and natural routines):

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***STOP BY OUR EXHIBIT BOOTH ANY TIME THROUGHOUT THE CONFERENCE FOR DEMOS, INFORMATION, OR JUST TO MEET OUR TEAM!!!****

*#218 Symposium—5/27/07—1:30-2:50pm—America’s Cup AB
BACB CE Offered. CE Instructor: Philip N. Chase, Ph.D.

Empirical Validation of Internet-Based Curriculum
Chair: Philip N. Chase (West Virginia University)
Discussant: Satoru Shimamune (Hosei University)

The current crisis in education recognized by a variety of reports, studies, and commentators could have serious long-term effects on children world wide. In response to this crisis a number of behavior analysts have targeted the empirical validation of curriculum for their research agenda. In particular, with recent advances in computer technology, there has been a strong interest in developing and evaluating internet curricula. Three examples are Headsprout, a program that teaches beginning reading, iLearn a middle school mathematics curriculum, and TeachTown, a program for autistic children. This symposium will present the current data and methods used to evaluate these programs. Emphasis will be given to descriptions of the how these programs have integrated single-subject methods with program evaluation methods, methods for evaluating teacher and other professional implementation, and more traditional random controlled studies to create a thorough method of empirical validation.

An Evaluation of the Effectiveness of iLearn Math in Improving Math Achievement in Middle School. ROBERT L. COLLINS (iLearn, Inc.)
Abstract: The effectiveness of iLearn Math in improving math achievement was evaluated in the sixth grade of a Title I middle school in a rural area of Georgia using a quasi-experimental design. The Experimental Group used iLearn Math as their only math instruction for the school year. The Control Group received their regularly-scheduled traditional classroom instruction. At the start of the year, there was no difference between the two groups on an experimenter-developed pretest. At the end of the school year, differences were assessed using scores on the Georgia Criterion Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) administered annually to all six-grade students in Georgia. For the iLearn Group, 87% of the students met or exceeded the standard on the CRCT vs. 65% for the Control Group. The state average was 74%. In addition, 28% of the iLearn Group exceeded the standard vs. 10% for the Control Group.

Education and Treatment of Children with Autism Using Computer-Assisted Programs from TeachTown. CHRISTINA WHALEN DALLAIRE (TeachTown)
Abstract: Because of the numerous education options available for children with autism, many of which are not supported by research, the use of evidence-based practices is particularly important for this population. With recent advances in computer technology, there has been a strong interest in the use of computer-assisted instruction (CAI). Due to the unique characteristics and learning styles of children with autism, the interest and need for CAI is especially strong. TeachTown: Basics utilizes not only computer instruction and data tracking, but provides off-computer generalization activities and a communication system for the child’s team. Several research studies have been or are being conducted to assess the efficacy and expand this product. In addition, research is underway for the design of future products. Data from these studies will be presented along with a discussion of the importance of developing evidence-based technology for children with autism and the implications for designers and researchers.

Headsprout Early Reading: Multi-Year, Multi-Site Measures of Effectiveness. Janet S. Twyman, T. V. Joe Layng, and DEBORAH HAAS (Headsprout)
Abstract: This presentation will first review the teaching routines used, the critical reading repertoires taught, and the formative evaluation data which shaped Headsprout Early ReadingR, a scientifically-based, empirically validated online early reading program. The presentation will then focus on data from the growing body of summative, or large scale, evaluations of the program. Data will be presented from empirically-based case studies, outcome measures from field use, multi-year evaluations, and perhaps of greatest importance, controlled research featuring unbiased group assignment.

 ***NEW TECHNOLOGY SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP***

5/27/07
7:00 PM - 7:50 PM
Gregory AB
Technology Special Interest Group
Chair: Christina Whalen (TeachTown)
This group will focus on using technology for the practice and research of ABA. ABA members with interest in video, computers, television and other technology are welcome. The purpose of this group is to better define best practices in the use of technology and identifying the significant research questions for the field.AbbyClarkBill.png

CAL-ABA RECEPTION!! Event #121a 5/26/07 !!!READY FOR A LITTLE DOWN-TIME??!!!
8:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Elizabeth A
Co-Chairs: Christina Whalen (TeachTown) and Terry Tibbetts

8:30 PM - 10:30 PMElizabeth ACo-Chairs: Christina Whalen (TeachTown) and Terry Tibbetts 

8:30 PM - 10:30 PMElizabeth ACo-Chairs: Christina Whalen (TeachTown) and Terry Tibbetts 000_108_Abby_pushing.pngFriday, May 25:

1) Workshop #18: Promoting the Generalization and Maintenance of Skills in Learners with Autism and Related Disorders (Celiberti)

2) Workshop #20: Social Skills: Assessment and Intervention Planning for Children with Autism (Carter)

3) Workshop #32: Enhancing Social Reciprocity of Children with Autism Within Everyday Routines (Leach)

4) Workshop #37: Introduction to Pivotal Response Training (Schreibman)

5) Workshop #41: We Know We Have to Do It, But How? Schools Searching for Social Skills (Davis)

6) Workshop #59: Intensive Early Intervention: Key Clinical Interventions That Lead to the Best Outcome (Larsson)

7) Workshop #62: Self-Management: Promoting Autonomy for Individuals with Autism and Other Developmental Disorders (Thompson)

8) Workshop #69: Using Curriculum Based Measurement to Track Responses to Intervention (Cautilli)

Saturday, May 26:

1) #7 Business Meeting - Autism Newcomers Meeting 10:30-11:20

2) #31 Symposium

1:00 PM - 2:20 PM
Elizabeth H

The Generalization of Effective Prompting Techniques by Paraprofessionals Educating Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Chair: Laura J. Hall (San Diego State University)
Discussant: Beth Sulzer-Azaroff (Univerisity of Massachusetts, Amherst)

3) #34 Symposium
1:00 PM - 2:20 PM
Elizabeth F
BACB CE Offered. CE Instructor: Brooke Ingersoll, Ph.D., BCBA

Use of Behavioral Interventions in Community Early Intervention Programs for Children with Autism
Chair: Laura Schreibman (University of California, San Diego)
Discussant: Gail G. McGee (Emory University School of Medicine)

4) #49 Paper Session
2:30 PM - 3:20 PM
Douglas A

Teaching Critical Social Skills to Children with Autism
Chair: Lisa Stoddard

5) #51 International Paper Session
2:30 PM - 3:20 PM
Elizabeth G

Theory of Mind and Executive Function
Chair: Dawn Holman (Autism Spectrum Consultants, Inc.)

6) #66 Symposium
2:30 PM - 3:50 PM
Elizabeth F
BACB CE Offered. CE Instructor: Jane Howard, Ph.D., BCBA

Using the Science of Applied Behavior Analysis to Develop Methodologies to Improve Language and Social Skills in Children with Autism
Chair: Jane S. Howard (California State University, Stanislaus)

7) #75 Symposium
3:30 PM - 4:50 PM
Douglas A
BACB CE Offered. CE Instructor: Tristram Smith, Ph.D.

Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention: Main Findings from the Multisite Young Autism Project
Chair: Tristram Smith (University of Rochestor Medical Center)

8) #95 Paper Session
4:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Elizabeth H

Social Stories
Chair: Heidi Hillman (Heritage University)

10) #102 Poster Session
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Manchester

11) #116a Panel Discussion
8:30 PM - 9:20 PM
Edward AB

Professional Development Series: An Introduction to Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT)
Chair: Candice Jostad (Western Michigan University)

LYNN KERN KOEGEL (University of California, Santa Barbara)
 

Sunday, May 27:

1) #133 B.F. Skinner Lecture Series
9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
Douglas C

Joint Attention and Symbolic Play: Active Ingredients of Effective Early Behavioral Intensive Intervention
Chair: William H. Ahearn (The New England Center for Children)

CONNIE KASARI (University of California, Los Angeles)

2) #139 Symposium
9:00 AM - 10:20 AM
Elizabeth G
BACB CE Offered. CE Instructor: Jennifer M. Gillis Mattson, Ph.D., BCBA

Behavioral Approaches to the Study of Social Interactions in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Chair: Jennifer Gillis Mattson (Auburn University)
Discussant: Raymond G. Romanczyk (Institute for Child Development)

3) #153 International Symposium
9:00 AM - 10:20 AM
Elizabeth H

Outcomes for Children in the Ontario IBI Program
Chair: Adrienne M. Perry (York University)

4) #161 Symposium
9:00 AM - 10:20 AM
Douglas A
BACB CE Offered. CE Instructor: Marjorie Charlop-Christy, Ph.D.

Treatment Outcome for Children with Autism: A 15-Year Longitudinal Study
Chair: Marjorie H. Charlop-Christy (Claremont McKenna College)

5) #200 Poster Session
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Manchester

6) #229 Symposium
1:30 PM - 2:50 PM
Elizabeth G
BACB CE Offered. CE Instructor: Nanette L. Perrin, M.A., BCBA

Strategies that Fit: Identifying Efficient Interventions to Support Children with Autism, Families, and Staff
Chair: Nanette L. Perrin (Early Childhood Autism Program - Community Living Opportunities)
Discussant: Shannon Kay (May Institute)
7) #243 Symposium
3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Elizabeth G

Models of Service Delivery for Families with Children with Autism: From Early Identification to Parent Education
Chair: Daniel Adam Openden (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Discussant: Daniel Adam Openden (University of California, Santa Barbara)

8) #256 Panel Discussion
3:00 PM - 4:20 PM
Douglas A
BACB CE Offered. CE Instructor: Frank Cicero, MS, BCBA

Incorporating Research from Other Disciplines into the Behavioral Treatment of Learners with Autism
Chair: Joanne Gerenser (Eden II Programs)

9) #293 Poster Session
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Manchester

Monday, May 28:

1) #329 Paper Session
9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
Elizabeth F

Examining Social Skills Training with Autism and Asperger Syndrome
Chair: Debra Leach (Florida Atlantic University) 

2) #333 Symposium
9:00 AM - 10:20 AM
Betsy A

A Low Budget Approach to Starting and Operating an Academic Day Center for Children with Autism
Chair: Morten Haugland (Haugland Learning Center)
Discussant: Kristine D. Haugland (Haugland Consulting) 

3) #334 Symposium
9:00 AM - 10:20 AM
Doulglas A
BACB CE Offered. CE Instructor: Philip N. Hineline, Ph.D., BCBA

Assessing Autism Interventions in Public Schools: Which Strategies, for Which Children, with What Resources?
Chair: Philip N. Hineline (Temple University)
Discussant: Gina Green (San Diego State University) 

4) #357 Panel Discussion
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM
Elizabeth G
BACB CE Offered. CE Instructor: Michael Weinberg, Ph.D., BCBA

A Panel Discussion for Sharing Materials and Ideas for Increasing Acceptance of ABA Worldwide
Chair: Michael Weinberg (Professional Education Resources and Conference Services)

5) #368 Paper Session
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM
Elizabeth H

Issues Related to Autism and Autism Treatment
Chair: Ronit Molko

6) #373 Symposium
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM
Douglas A
BACB CE Offered. CE Instructor: Rebecca MacDonald, Ph.D., BCBA

Teaching Joint Attention Skills to Children With Autism
Chair: Rebecca P. F. MacDonald (The New England Center for Children)
Discussant: William V. Dube (University of Massachusetts Medical School-Shriver Center)

7) #378 Poster Session
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Manchester

8) #445 Poster Session
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Manchester

Tuesday, May 29:

1) #480 International Paper Session
9:00 AM - 10:20 AM
Mohsen AB

Variables Affecting Instruction to Children with Autism
Chair: Kelly McKinnon 

2) #505 Symposium
12:00 PM - 1:20 PM
Mohsen AB
BACB CE Offered. CE Instructor: Gerald E. Harris, Ph.D., BCBA

Measuring Change: Assessment Issues in the Treatment of Autism
Chair: Gerald E. Harris (Texas Young Autism Project)

2) #506 Symposium
12:00 PM - 1:20 PM
Emma AB 

Motivational Strategies for Increasing Social Interaction between Children with Autism and Their Typically Developing Peers
Chair: Rosy Fredeen (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Discussant: Gerald E. Harris (Texas Young Autism Project)      

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