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PDP0605 - Knowledge is Power: The Scott Center for Autism Treatment’s 2013 Autism Conference is a Course

PDP0605 - Knowledge is Power: The Scott Center for Autism Treatment’s 2013 Autism Conference

Time limit: 14 days
4 credits

$52 Enroll

Full course description

Time: 3 Hours, 40 Minutes

Credit: 4.0 Learning CEs


  • Tristam Smith, Ph.D.
  • Claudia Dozier, Ph.D.
  • Anna Pettursdottir, Ph.D.


Attention as a Reinforcer for Socially Relevant Behavior 

Claudia Dozier Ph.D.

  • The learner will be able to list and describe at least two important reasons for the use of and study of various forms of attention for increasing socially appropriate behavior.
  • The learner will be able to describe at least two procedures that have been used to “condition” attention as a reinforcer as well as list at least three limitations of the research on the use of these procedures.
  • The learner will be able to list five factors that may influence the preference for and reinforcing efficacy of attention and describe two possible areas of research regarding these factors.

Evolution of Research on Interventions for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Implications for Behavior Analysts

Tristram Smith, Ph.D.

  • Summarize the methodology and findings of recent, multidisciplinary research on interventions for individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD)
  • Describe the complementary role of single-subject and group comparison studies in developing and validating ASD interventions
  • Identify three priorities for future research on ABA interventions for ASD

The Role of Conditioned Reinforcement in Interventions to Establish Early Vocalizations 

Anna Petursdottir, Ph.D.

  • Be able to explain how the concept of automatic conditioned reinforcement has been used to account for increases in child vocalizations after the child is exposed to pairings of adult speech sounds with preferred stimuli.
  • Be able to identify the strengths and limitations of the literature on stimulus-stimulus pairing to establish early speech sounds in children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.
  • Be able to describe operant discrimination training and response-contingent pairing as two alternative procedures to establish speech sounds or other stimuli as conditioned reinforcers.

Keywords: multidisciplinary research, group design, attention, vocalizations, babbling, stimulus-stimulus pairing, operant discrimination training, autism, reinforcement

Rating: This course is recommended for behavior analysts and for professionals who teach children with autism who also have a strong background knowledge of ABA.