Continuing Education for BCBAs

Ongoing webinars designed for BCBAs and other professionals

2018-2019 CE Webinar Series

Thursday, May 16, 2019

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (EDT)

Presenter: Jessica L. Sassi, Ph D., BCBA-D, LABA

Improving Dental Visits for Individuals with Autism: A Desensitization-Based Approach

Individuals diagnosed with autism are likely to exhibit problematic or uncooperative behavior during dental exams that interfere with care (Kuhn & Allen, 1994), and may be at higher risk for dental health issues than their typically-developing peers (Jaber, 2011). Desensitization-based approaches have been found effective in improving compliance during dental exams, but relatively few studies have illustrated the efficacy of this approach with individuals with autism. Our series of studies evaluates several variables that impact the efficacy of this approach including the use of extinction, individualized fading strategies, differential reinforcement contingencies, and inter-session interval length. The effects of these variables on treatment outcomes during practice dental exams and generalization to in-vivo exams for individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders will be discussed.

1 CE offered


Thursday, June 6, 2019

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (EDT)

Presenter: Eileen Roscoe, PhD, BCBA-D, LABA

Ethical Considerations when Selecting Interventions for Treating Automatically Reinforced Problem Behavior

Children diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) often exhibit stereotypy and other forms of automatically reinforced problem behavior. Automatically reinforced problem behavior can be socially stigmatizing, disruptive to educational programming, and resistant to treatment. Although reinforcement-based interventions have been effective, they are not always effective alone. Current best practice recommendations for conducting a functional analysis, identifying alternative reinforcers, and implementing reinforcement-based intervention components will be described. For cases in which reinforcement-based interventions alone are not sufficient, current methods for empirically identifying potential punishers as an added treatment component will be discussed.

1 Ethics CE offered

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

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