Purdue University offers two online program focusing on Applied Behavior Analysis; Master’s of Science in Education with a Concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis and a Purdue Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis. These programs are designed to prepare professionals who are leaders in the field.
PAC welcomes Brian Boyd, PhD, to discuss Implementing interventions in real-world settings: Where do we go from here? and Promoting the social-communication and play skills of young children with autism spectrum disorder.
Purdue Honors College Summer Mini-Courses: Trends and Issues in Autism Intervention
This mini-course provides an introduction to early educational and behavioral intervention for children with autism. You will develop an awareness of the evidence-base for autism treatment models and become familiar with current trends and issues related to autism intervention. Specific attention will be given to issues of pseudoscience and fad treatments for autism and to issues surrounding inclusive educational opportunities for children with autism.
Dr. Mandy Rispoli is an Associate Professor of Special Education at Purdue University, the Co-Director of the Purdue Autism Cluster, and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst- Doctoral level. Dr. Rispoli’s research explores functional behavior assessments and function-based interventions in educational settings, and innovations in professional development for teachers of young children with autism and challenging behavior.
For more information and to register see https://honors.purdue.edu/community/summermini/
In March 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the highest incidence of autism in U.S. history, citing that one in 68 children nationally — one in 42 boys, and one in 189 girls — has the disorder.
The very name autism spectrum disorder (ASD), which is associated with myriad weaknesses and strengths, speaks to the challenge it presents to those trying to understand it. Those at one end of the spectrum can be described as very high functioning — even brilliant about specific things — while those at the other end can have significant difficulty communicating and assimilating into society. Despite such differences, individuals along the spectrum share one ASD label.
In previous studies, researchers in Australia captured these results by surveying parents and teachers or asking independent observersto analyze videotapes of the children playing. In the new report, however, the researchers analyzed physiological data pointing to the animals’ calming effect on the children.
The children played with two guinea pigs in groups of three — one child who was on the spectrum and two typically developing peers. All 99 children in the study, ages 5 to 12, wore wrist bands that monitored their arousal levels, measuring electric charges that race through the skin.