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An Introduction to the AFLS


  • Michael M. Mueller, PhD, BCBA-D

December 13, 2018 | 10:00 AM – 03:00 PM EST

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Assessment5 hours

An Introduction to the AFLS

The Assessment of Functional Living Skills (AFLS) is a comprehensive functional skills assessment that can be modified by mixing and matching any of 6 different assessment protocols to create an individualized assessment that focuses on the current needs of the learner. Why the assessment came into existence; how parents, teachers, and professionals such as BCBAs can use the assessment; how the assessment is scored; and how to choose programs based on the results will be discussed.


Sharing the Craft: A BCBA Apprenticeship Story

Increased standards for supervision are needed for the betterment of the field.  However, it is a challenge for organizations to meet these standards.  Throughout the ages, experts in all trades have passed along their wisdom through apprenticeship opportunities. An apprenticeship model to mentor, educate, and train students on the science of human behavior will be discussed, including a summary of the model, typical supervision activities, and meeting schedules.  



The Role of Mentoring in Career Blazing in Behavior Analysis

Each professional is a product of their history and their current environment.  By conducting an analysis of your professional and personal influences, you can prepare yourself to identify your unique strengths and your remaining professional development needs.  This talk presents a series of questions that may assist women in behavior analysis in reflecting on their core influences and preparing to actively create the opportunities for new core influences.  Strategies are provided for identifying a mentor, charting your professional development path and purposefully advancing your career while maintaining happiness in both career and personal life. 


Identifying and Mastering Pivotal Leadership Skills

Everyone wants to be a leader, but no one is born a leader. A leader is someone who has followers (Daniels, 2005) because they behave in a way that inspires others to follow. Those behaviors can be analyzed into pivotal skills (i.e., skills that impact multiple repertoires) and singular skills (i.e., the skill is useful but does not necessarily produce change in other behavior). The members of this panel will discuss the pivotal skills for great leadership and the repertoires that are directly or indirectly impacted by those pivotal skills. They will also discuss strategies for mastering pivotal leadership skills throughout the span of a career.


Recent Advances in the Functional Assessment and Treatment of Destructive Behavior

In this workshop, Dr. Fisher will show how Functional Analysis methods have increased our understanding of how environmental antecedents and consequences affect destructive behavior; facilitated the development of novel and effective treatments, and produced simpler and more efficient interventions.  Next, he will show how descriptive data can be used to develop alternative functional analyses for idiosyncratic functions of destructive behavior displayed by individuals with autism.  Finally, he will focus on recent research on establishing-operation manipulations that can be used to prevent extinction bursts when treatment is initiated; stimulus-control procedures that can be used to promote the rapid transfer of treatment effects to novel therapists, contexts, and caregivers; and the use of behavioral momentum theory to prevent resurgence of problem when caregivers do not implement treatment procedures with high procedural integrity.

Autism2 hours

Treatments for Young Children with Autism: Contingencies That Impact Treatment Choice and Outcome

Deciding which treatment to provide to children with autism is among the most important decisions made by parents, clinicians, funders, and public policy makers. Multiple studies have now compared intensive behavior analytic intervention for young children with autism to the most widely available alternative:  eclectic treatment. Intensive, comprehensive behavior analytic treatment consistently produces better outcomes than the eclectic model on standardized measures of intellectual functioning, language, and adaptive skills, (e.g., Sparkman, Cohen, Green, & Stanislaw, 2005; Howard, Stanislaw, Green, Sparkman, & Cohen, 2014). However, the eclectic model is arguably the most widely utilized treatment approach.  Possible reasons as to why the eclectic model is widely utilized are discussed along with ways to address barriers to the adoption of effective treatment.

Other2 hours

Leveraging Technology to Enhance Innovation and Dissemination of Behavior Analysis

Technology solutions are in high demand in a global society that values efficiency. New devices and applications are emerging, which allow behavior analysts to develop and deliver efficient, accessible, and personalized application of our science. However, the cost-benefit analysis should be considered prior to adopting any new technology solution to ensure that automation does not compromise the behavior analytic technology.  The members of this panel will discuss their diverse backgrounds and experience in developing and studying the use of technology to enhance the application of behavior analysis (e.g., data collection, e-learning, virtual reality, telehealth).  They will also advise on how various technologies can be leveraged to enhance our understanding of behavior and to increase dissemination of behavior analysis in areas such as education, business and industry, and health services.


All Things Supervision with Panel Discussion

Effective supervision is critical to the provision of quality behavioral services, the professional development of the supervisee, the continued growth of the supervisor, and the overall good of our field and best practices. In this workshop, Linda LeBlanc will summarize five recommended practices for individual supervision. She will also detail strategies and resources and will cover the unique role of group supervision in higher-order, clinical decision-making skills development. Immediately after, a panel of experts in the area of supervision will discuss the joys, challenges, and responsibilities of mentoring junior colleagues and each panelist will discuss effective supervision for, and cautions about, the most common problems that arise in supervisory relationships.


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