Feb
25
Sat
Fathers’ Discussion Group
Feb 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Siblings’ Group
Feb 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Mar
4
Sat
Siblings’ Group
Mar 4 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Mar
8
Wed
Parent Organization Meeting
Mar 8 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Mar
11
Sat
Siblings’ Group
Mar 11 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Mar
18
Sat
Siblings’ Group
Mar 18 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Mar
19
Sun
Family Swim
Mar 19 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Family Swim
Mar 19 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Mar
22
Wed
Annual Staff Appreciation Dinner
Mar 22 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Mar
23
Thu
Automatic Positive and Negative Reinforcement: Repetitive Behavior and Anxiety by Bill Ahearn, PhD @ APBA Annual Convention
Mar 23 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Presenter: William H. Ahearn, The New England Center for Children
The concept of automatically reinforced behavior is complex. Skinner introduced the term in Science and Human Behavior and Verbal Behavior. It is critically important for understanding certain types of behavior, especially higher-order human behavior. There will be an overview of Skinner’s descriptions of three types of responses described as automatically reinforced. Applied behavior analytic research on automatically reinforced problem behavior will be reviewed briefly, and both automatic positive reinforcement and automatic negative reinforcement
will be discussed. Best practices in the assessment and treatment of automatically reinforced stereotypic behavior will be presented, with a focus on response interruption and redirection (RIRD) procedures. Assessment and treatment of automatically negatively reinforced behavior in the form of anxiety will also be discussed and procedures for treating anxiety in medical facilities, activities of daily living, noisy environments, and other settings will be described.