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Using Behavioral Strategies for Children with Autism

presented by Ilene Schwartz, PhD, BCBA-D

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Financial: Ilene Schwartz receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Ilene Schwartz has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

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Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the most researched and effective strategy to work with clients with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). ABA is the application of behavioral principles to solve socially important problems. Therapists from multiple disciplines can use behavioral strategies to enhance the effectiveness of their therapeutic interactions with client with ASD. The purpose of this course to provide an outline of the basic instructional strategies most associated with behavioral interventions and to provide examples of how SLPs, OTs, and PTs can integrate these strategies into their practice.

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Ilene Schwartz, PhD, BCBA-D

Dr. Ilene Schwartz is a professor in the Area of Special Education at the University of Washington and the Director of the Haring Center for Research and Training in Education at UW. She earned her Ph.D. in child and developmental psychology from the University of Kansas and is a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA-D). Dr.…

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1. What is Discrete Trial Teaching?

Discrete trial teaching is often considered the primary building block of behavioral instruction for client with ASD. This chapter will introduce the components of a discrete trial as well as the concept that a discrete trial is an effective strategy for framing instructional interactions across developmental domains. A discrete trial is made up of 5 components:

2. Using Effective Instructions and Prompts

Instructions and prompts are the first two components of a discrete trial. These components provide guidance to clients about what to do and provide support to help them respond in a correct manner. This chapter will review guidelines for using instructions and prompts most effectively.

3. Using Effective Consequences

A consequence is the component of the discrete trial that comes after the client’s response and is contingent on the client’s response. Using appropriate consequences increases the likelihood of the targeted response happening again. This chapter will review guidelines for using consequences most effectively.

4. Using Discrete Trials across Setting

Discrete trials are an effective framework for instruction and can be used to teach new skills across domains and implemented across settings. In this chapter we will review strategies for increasing the use of discrete trials and integrating the use of discrete trials with other therapy approaches.

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