Continuing Education for BCBAs

Ongoing webinars designed for BCBAs and other professionals

2018-2019 CE Webinar Series

Thursday, December 13, 2018

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (EDT)

Presenter: William H. Ahearn, PhD, BCBA-D, LABA

Stereotypy to Anxiety: Building Skills is the Solution

This webinar will describe automatic reinforcement as a concept and repetitive behavior that is automatically reinforced including stereotypy and perseverative behavior associated with anxiety. Intensive behavior analytic intervention for children diagnosed with autism can produce large gains in social, cognitive, and language development. One critical area to address is repetitive behavior such as stereotypy. Some applied research on evaluating and treating stereotypic behavior will be reviewed, cases will be discussed with a focus on effective interventions for building core adaptive living and social skills, in addition to procedures for treating stereotypic behavior directly. Many persons with an ASD have also have limited vocal, verbal skills and sometimes their repetitive behavior is a product of automatic negative reinforcement and presents as anxiety or phobic responses. This presentation will also describe how these anxious responses can be distinguished from other problem behavior and can be treated by teaching relaxation skills and gradually exposing the person to the anxiety or phobia-inducing situations.

2 CEs offered

NECC is an approved BACB® Type 2 CE Provider (1 credit per training hour).


Registration closes at 10:00 a.m. (EDT) on the day of the webinar.

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