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Chris Whalen Doctor of Philosophy

Specialty: Clinical Psychology
California
Chris is a licensed psychologist and board certified behavior analyst specializing in autism and related disorders. She received her PhD at U.C. San Diego and did her post-doctoral fellowship at U.C.L.A. She most recently worked at the U.W. Autism Center as the Early STAART Treatment and Training... Full Bio
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Please help us build a new program! by Chris Whalen Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum TEACHTOWN SEEKING PARENTS AND PROFESSIONALS FOR FEDERALLY FUNDED ONLINE RESEARCH SURVEY TeachTown has spent the last 4 years helping thousand ... Read on »
Book Review: Making Technology Work for Learners with Special Needs: Practical Skills for Teachers... by Chris Whalen Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum This book which came out in 2005, available for $28.95 on Amazon , highlights the fact that technology is no longer just a nice thing to have for special needs students, i ... Read on »
Autism Society of Washington Improves The Lives of All Those Affected With ASD by Chris Whalen Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum   The Autism Society of Washington has been hard at work this summer.  ASW is comprised of a Board of Directors, a Professional Advisory Board, and an Autism Advisory ... Read on »
TeachTown in Digital Directions article - Education Week by Chris Whalen Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Check out this new article about autism and technology on the Digital Directions website from Education Week Magazine, they talk about TeachTown and other cutting-edge tec ... Read on »
NCTI Article on TeachTown by Chris Whalen Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum The National Center of Technology Innovation (NCTI) has just posted an article about the recent research TeachTown, Los Angeles Unified School District, and Cal State LA h ... Read on »
The Importance of Generalization by Chris Whalen Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum In our teaching and learning endeavors with children, we often are driven by the ultimate outcome and functionality of a skill without even realizing it. Behind this motiv ... Read on »
Early Results of National Center for Technology Innovation (NCTI) Study with TeachTown Efficacy in... by Chris Whalen Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum The following is a summary of our results to date in a study in progress.  This is a collaborative research effort with Jigsaw Learning (TeachTown), Los Angeles Unified Sc ... Read on »
Call for Participants - Research Opportunity by Chris Whalen Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum   Greetings from Jigsaw Learning! Jigsaw Learning researchers will be conducting a third study (funded in part by the Department of Education ... Read on »
Real Life, Real Progress for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders Strategies for Successful... by Chris Whalen Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. A book edited by our own Christina Whalen, Ph.D., BCBA has been released this month. To order your copy today click on the ... Read on »
Association for Positive Behavior Support by Chris Whalen Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum The Association for Positive Behavior Support (APBS) promotes and disseminates information on applied behavior analysis and biomedical science. The focus is on person-ce ... Read on »
Cal-ABA Conference: March 12-14, 2009 by Chris Whalen Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum The California Association for Behavior Analysis ( Cal-ABA ) is having its 27th annual conference March 12-14 at the San Francisco Airport Hyatt Regency.  The Jigsaw Learn ... Read on »
Assistive Technology, Universal Design for Learning, Visual Representation Systems… What? by Chris Whalen Doctor of Philosophy 1 Comment Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Effective and efficient programming for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) is something you hear over and over again, especially if you are completing your gradu ... Read on »
Assessment in Special Education by Chris Whalen Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum It is sometimes difficult to make sense of all of the data that is collected on a child in a special education program.  The first issue is consistency and standardization. ... Read on »
Calling All IEP Participants… Some Tools for the Trade by Chris Whalen Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum How do you know your IEP is a good one?  It’s simple, it’s on the child’s table, wrinkled, splattered with juice, it’s dog- eared with turned up corners and is coffee stain ... Read on »
TeachTown Basics voted as one of the brightest ideas of 2008! by Chris Whalen Doctor of Philosophy 1 Comment Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum The 2008 NCTI:  National Conference for Technology Innovators was sold out this year.  The National Center for Technology Innovation (NCTI) brings technology innovators, res ... Read on »
National Center of Technology Innovation - Technology Innovators Conference by Chris Whalen Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum The National Center for Technology Innovation (NCTI) is hosting the  Technology Innovators Conference in Washington, DC on November 20 and 21, 2008 at the Madison Hotel.  Th ... Read on »
The Hidden Curriculum and Unwritten Social Rules by Chris Whalen Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I attended the Geneva Centre for Autism conference last week and saw many interesting presentations and one that I found inspiring was a talk by Brenda Smith Myles.  She is ... Read on »
Effectiveness = Accessibility + Implementation by Chris Whalen Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I have been in many discussions lately about what makes an intervention effective and was asked the difficult question: How do you narrow it down to just 1 or 2 words?  Thi ... Read on »
Narrative Language and Timo Stories by Chris Whalen Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Vocabulary and text comprehension are critical skills for reading and academic success. The ability to understand and tell a familiar story forms a strong part of the foun ... Read on »