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Autism and ABA Conference: Issues and Recent Advancements in the Behavioral Treatment of Autism

Posted Aug 26 2008 12:37pm

More details on the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI)'s Second Annual Autism Conference from Friday, Feb. 8 to Sunday, Feb. 10 in Atlanta:

Second Annual Autism Conference Offers New Insight Into Treating Autistic Children; Distinguished Speakers to Address a Growing Challenge

As many as 1 in 150 children have autism. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is one of the most scientifically backed methods available for treating autism. Leading ABA researchers will soon be gathering to present the latest developments in this life-changing science.

Atlanta, GA ( PRWEB ) December 6, 2007 -- As many as 1 in 150 children have autism, a complex disorder marked by impairments in communication and social interaction, as well as repetitive, stereotyped patterns of behavior, interests and activities. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is one of the most scientifically backed methods available for treating autism. Leading ABA researchers will soon be gathering to present the latest developments in this life-changing science.

The Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI), along with its Autism and Parent Professional Partnership Special Interest Groups, will be hosting its Second Annual Autism Conference from Friday, Feb. 8 to Sunday, Feb. 10 in Atlanta. Last year's conference in Boston brought together over 1,600 attendees from across the globe.

This year's conference, "Issues and Recent Advancements in the Behavioral Treatment of Autism: Practical Strategies for Changing Behavior at Home and School," will focus on home- and community-based interventions as well as curriculum and instruction in the classroom.

The three-day conference will bring together 10 distinguished experts on ABA presenting resources and information that teachers, therapists and parents can use to improve the lives of children with autism. Presentation topics include:

  • "Teaching the Social Dance" - strategies to teach young people with autism the verbal and non-verbal components to conversation
  • "One Size Does Not Fit All" - ways to tailor treatments to individual needs to promise the best treatment outcome
  • "From DT to DI: Using Direct Instruction to Teach Students with ASD" - how Direct Instruction (DI) can address the unique needs of learners with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) while supporting the acquisition of academic skills


This year's Autism Conference will be held at Atlanta's Hyatt Regency Hotel. New additions include exhibitor booths, a bookstore and author book signing by the 10 presenters.

For more information or to register for the conference, visit the ABAI web site . Registrations received by Tuesday, December 11, 2007 will qualify for a $25 discount. Pre-registration will close Tuesday, January 15, 2008.

Credentialed members of the news media may attend free of charge with advanced approval.

About ABA International:

The Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) is a nonprofit professional membership organization with the mission of developing, enhancing and supporting the growth and vitality of behavior analysis through research, education and practice. Founded in 1974, the association has approximately 5,000 members worldwide. Its affiliated chapters have a total membership of 12,000 worldwide.

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