Building Operant Repertoires in Profoundly Disabled Children
Presented by: H. Todd Eachus, Ed. D., BCBA-D, LBA
Date: Tuesday, August 15, 2017 Time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm eastern Recording Information: ABACAccess5
The application of behavior analytic procedures to human behavior began in the early 1950’s with Linsdley’s work with institutionalized adults diagnosed with intellectual deficits and psychiatric disorders. The work of Azrin, Foxx, Baer, Risley, Lovaas and others expanded applied behavior analysis to children and adults with a wide variety of behavioral excess and deficits in many diverse settings. Currently, applied behavior analysis, is widely viewed as the best practice for the treatment of children diagnosed as autistic. While this is certainly the case, the use of the practices and procedures of behavior analysis in addressing the impact of other diagnoses, particularly in children, should not be overlooked. The use of these methods to treat the severe and profound behavioral issues of other disorders is the subject matter here. Such rare disorders as Sturge-Weber Syndrome, Leukodystrophy, Persistent Vegetative State and other complex medical and behavioral disorders will be considered and the outcome of the application of behavior analytic treatment will be presented.
1. To identify operant behaviors that can support communication in children with motor and vocal limitations.
2. To identify consequences that will reinforce the identified operants.
3. To establish communicative function through shaping or chaining.
4. To apply effective assistive technology when necessary.
10:00 am: Introduction
10:05 am: Pretest
10:10 am: Live webinar begins
11:45 am: Q & A session- submit questions via chat function
12:00 pm: Submit attendance codes, take post-test, and fill out confidential evaluation form
Behavior Analysts: 2 Type II CEUs
Teachers: Acquire professional development hours for watching this event. Discuss the event with your supervisor to determine if it is eligible.
Continuing education for Psychologists, Nurses, Social Workers, Certified Counselors: not eligible
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Todd Eachus was born in California and attended UCLA where he received his B.A. degree in psychology. He was mentored there by Bertram Raven and conducted social psychological experiments concerned with cooperation and competition in small groups. He began graduate school at the University of Nevada, Reno where he continued his study of small group processes under Paul Secord and Carl Backman. During his studies there he met Willard Day and was introduced to Radical Behaviorism. After completing his M. A., he began studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Initially he worked in the social psychology program but transitioned to experimental psychology. Eugene Long and Marcus Waller were the behavior analysts there. His studies were interrupted by military service and he was assigned to the Behavioral Sciences Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio. When his military service was completed, he was invited to come to the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he completed his doctoral studies. He remained on the faculty and worked on a large grant- supported program providing instructional resources to schools and programs for hearing impaired children throughout New England. He had an active research program and among his graduate students was William Heward. When grant support became difficult to obtain, Dr. Eachus accepted an administrative appointment at UMass and later moved to the Boston campus to establish its first grant and contract office. He was offered a similar position at the Massachusetts General Hospital, but soon returned to clinical practice where he has been active for the past 30 years.
Presenter Disclosure Statement:
Todd Eachus does not have a financial arrangement or affiliation with any of the products, organizations, or programs mentioned during this talk. Dr. Eachus receives speaker fees for presenting ABACLive webinars.
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