PATC 2008: 1st Annual Pennsylvania Autism Training Conference

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Presented By: Bernie Fabry, Ph.D., BCBA; Ryan Cramer, MSW; Martin J. Lubetsky, M.D.

We will describe a multi-agency, multi-system collaborative project serving complex and challenging children and adolescents, along with its evaluation. The model includes: (1) community-based residential placements that provide safe and effective care while; (2) an interdisciplinary mobile treatment team provides ongoing functional assessment. In addition, expert-guided interventions in collaboration with multiple systems builds capacity for success.

Presented by Edward A. Toyer, Ph.D., Dawn Crosson, Psy.D. & Tammy Sempko, M.S., of Keystone Human Services

This breakout session will describe the Children’s Community Residential Rehabilitation/Host Home (CRR/HH) program, including program structure, regulations, and clinical practices and detail how this program has been adapted to support two transition age adolescents with ASD. Specific challenges and success encountered in the process of community integration, family functioning, behavioral support/crisis management, academic/vocational pursuits, and transition planning will be discussed.

Presented by Claire Maher Choutka, M.Ed., BCBA, Stacy Nonnemacher, Ph.D. & Kristin Starosta, M.Ed.

This presentation will present data collection and analysis methods that will enhance daily use of the functional behavior assessment process in addressing challenging behavior. In addition, how to deal with problematic team situations will also be explored. It is recommended that the audience in this session attended The Bureau of Autism Services 13-hour FBA training or have a background in Functional Behavior Assessment.

Presented By: Ami Klin, Ph.D.

This presentation will cover clinical features of the ASDs and will outline the principles involved in the process of differential diagnosis. It will also outline the principles involved in behavioral and psychopharmacological management of maladaptive or challenging behaviors.

Presented by Stacy Nonnemacher, Ph.D., Vickie McDonough & Braden Guilinger, ATASW

This presentation will explore the process of functional behavior assessment (FBA) and its utility in providing effective supports to a man with a history of challenging behaviors. Trials and tribulations of the team throughout the process will be shared and highlighted.

Presented By: Judy O. Berry, Ed.D.

This workshop will use a lifespan format to address stress experienced by families rearing a child with disabilities. The speaker will present what she calls “scholarship with a heart” to examine how families cope, adapt, and grow through the challenges of living with a child with a disability and how family members nurture and support the child’s developmental journey to adulthood. This is a journey she has personally traveled with her son.

Presented by Ami Klin, Ph.D.

This presentation will cover key aspects of adaptive functioning in the autism spectrum disorders, and common challenges and priorities for educational programming. It will also review clinical and research aspects of circumscribed interests displayed by these individuals, functions of these behaviors, and the potential for using these skills in educational programming.

Presented by Julie A. Donnelly, Ph.D.

The first session looks at the skills needed for being as independent as possible after high school and how to teach these skills in a school program. We will look at the spectrum of unique individuals, from those who are in functional and community based programs to those who achieve in regular academics and what "success" means for all. The second session looks at post secondary options for individuals on the spectrum. We will review some of our successes and how we match them with training, jobs and careers that work for their unique needs. Finding the right direction for the students we have now will also be discussed.