9.00 – 10.45 sesiunea 1
Jens Erik Skår – Ph.D., Specialist in clinical psychology, applied behavior analysis, supervisor „An overview over procedures used to decrease problem behaviors”
This presentation will focus on presenting an overview over procedures used to decrease behavior. The procedures can be classified as: 1. Procedures employed when deviant behavior occurs in a situation and is interrupted; procedures ranging from restraint and punishment procedures to correction procedures. 2. Procedures used when deviant behavior does not occur in a situation, as in differential reinforcement procedures. 3. Procedures used when deviant behavior occurs, but is not interrupted, as in extinction procedures 4. Procedures used to recondition trigger stimuli for emotional responses, as in respondent extinction and desensitization procedures. In the extremes the procedures vary from presenting punishing stimuli contingent on behavior, to rule governing procedures (behavioural contracting, psychotherapy). The interaction of respondent and operant behavior is discussed. Problem behavior most often need to be targeted both with reconditioning and operant techniques. The presentation will cover a variety of different problem behaviors, in both developmentally disabled and individuals with an IQ in the normal range. Some video presentations will be backed up by treatment data. The presentation will be available as a PowerPoint file upon request at the conference.
Sergiu Pașca- video-conference / TBA
13.00 – 14.00 Pauza de masa
14.00 – 15.45 – sesiunea 3 – sala 1
Ashley and Nicholas Dodge – „20 years with autism- a mother and son perspective”
Presentation will be a parent and child’s experience of Applied Behavior Analysis and its life changing, long lasting effects. From diagnosis to college, we will discuss how ABA has changed our lives, the sacrifices made to implement the program and where we are now 20 years later.
Ana Hodea, logoped – Verbal behavior therapy, optimal approaches for therapy according to the specific development of each child.
This presentation aims to find activities designed to increase the child’s communication will, to make the communication a fun activity, to make the child to understand the power of communication and to increase its spontaneous use of language.
The program is made for the children which have ability to approximate at least the words. The scope is not to follow for verbalization correction or clarity but spontaneity.
Depending on the specific development of each child it will be presented a series of games designed for verbal language development.
Richard Marinescu, 12 years old – “Here and now, doing my best”
Ionel Nicolae, psychologist – ABA in school classroom
Often as teachers, parents and school psychologists we encounter from the child (with typical or atypical development) certain undesirable behaviors (rises from the desk, talks over others, sings in class, hits his classmates, loses personal items, daydreams, etc.) that occur in schools.
The way in which we apply the behavioral intervention in schools is the topic of this presentation. Within it, we will be discussing concepts such as: discipline, issue operationalization, behavioral assessment methods, functional analysis and behavior management techniques and strategies
Daniela (Martinescu) Gavankar, behavior analyst – Group Therapy – intermediate step between individual and kindergarten.
Increased independence and social skills required to participate in kindergarten.
The workshop is addressed to therapists, parents, teachers and educators who work together to ensure a more efficient integration of children with autism in their age specific groups, and will highlight ways of intervention in areas of deficit for children with autism.
Gradually, therapy 1: 1 will advance to group therapy in terms of the type of activities, way of communication, and building the ability of responding to collective instructions.
Andreea Matauan, behavior analyst – The Child’s Power to Choose – a Key for Preventing Problem Behaviors
The idea of this workshop came from the necessity to disseminate correct information and little known positive practices from the ABA field in working with children with autism.
There are misconceptions which present ABA as a rigid form of intervention where the child has to work and his/her options are limited. This workshop aims at presenting ABA in a realistic manner, as a profoundly individualized therapy that takes into account the child’s needs.
The question that this workshop answers to is: How do we give the children opportunities to choose while maintaining the instructional control?
During this workshop we will practice various ways of giving choice to the children. The information presented will be accompanied by case studies from my experience as a behavior analyst. We will learn how giving the child opportunities to choose can reduce and prevent escape-maintained problem behaviors.
Camelia Raț, special education teacher, Technology in education for children with autism spectrum disorders
The emergence of new technologies compels teachers to understand and use them in classrooms. These technologies help the students with learning disabilities as well as the typical students to process the information faster, to immediately access and explore a non-linear learning method.
The presentation focuses on the advantages that technology, and consequently multimedia and telecommunication may have on learning as these have become a vital part of present generations’ lifestyle. Learning is student-centered thus his/her motivation and self-esteem obviously increases compared to the conventional teaching style; the teacher is a facilitator of learning, not a mere”lecturer.”