Verbal Behavior Workshop

Autism Redefined 2010
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Student Scholars for Autism Program
Win-Win Parenting for the Autism Spectrum Child
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NAA Presents: The Restraint and Seclusion Prevention Symposium
Homeopathy & Homotoxicology and Their Role in Reversing Vaccine Injury
Dynamics of Healthful Diet
Autism, the Brain, Thinking, & Behavior
Autism and Sexuality: A Conversation with Parents
The American Rally for Personal Rights
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Environmental Issues & Chronic Diseases Symposium
First Responders Training
Special Education Law Day
The Art of Cooking Special Diets
Verbal Behavior Workshop
CARD Feeding Clinic
EBCALA Legal & Advocacy Training
Current State of Autism Research
Biomedical Treatments for Autism 101: An Introduction to Scientifically Based Medical Treatment Options
In Spanish: Autism 101 - Today's Biomedical Treatments
Environmental Symposium
TACA Mentor Mixer
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ARCH Medical Center Parent Q&A
PANDAS Coverage
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Jenny McCarthy Keynote Address
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PANDAS Coverage
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Adult Services & Residential Think Tank
Dr. Savely Yurkovsky Practitioner Training

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True Health Symposium: Raising a Healthy Child in a Toxic World
Workshop: Interpreting Your Yasko Test Results

AHA Heroes Training
Arts Festival
Book Signings
Elias Tembenis Mini-Walk
TACA Mentors
Generation Rescue Angels Training
Spa Night




Thursday, May 27
8:00 am - noon


8:00-10:00 am

The Verbal Behavior Approach: Incorporating ABA Strategies to Teach Children with Autis
Drawing on her experience as both a parent of a son with autism as well as a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA), Mary Lynch Barbera will provide participants with information to help children with autism learn language and other important skills. Mary will highlight strategies from her book titled The Verbal Behavior Approach: How to Teach Children with Autism and Related Disorders, and she will provide guidance using the scientifically proven strategies of applied behavior analysis (ABA), specifically utilizing B.F. Skinner's Analysis of Verbal Behavior. Parents and professionals will be empowered with information regarding ABA/VB programming for children with autism and other developmental disorders.

Mary Lynch Barbera, RN, MSN, BCBA
offers a unique perspective as both a parent of a child with autism as well as a professional. Mary's firstborn son, Lucas, was diagnosed with autism one day before his third birthday in 1999. Mary became a board certified behavior analyst in 2003 and has since been working as the lead behavior analyst for the Pennsylvania Verbal Behavior Project. Mary is an international speaker and has had the privilege of working with hundreds of children on the autism spectrum. She has assisted in providing training to thousands of professionals and parents. In 2007 she published The Verbal Behavior Approach: How to Teach Children with Autism and Related Disorders.
Mary hosts a monthly radio show on Autism One Radio.


10:00 am - noon

What Every Parent and Educator Needs to Know: Practical and Effective Methods for Developing Critical Language Skills in Children with Autism
Children with an autism spectrum disorder have significant delays in their communication and social interaction skills. When attempting to teach them new language and social skills, it is important to make the learning activities enjoyable such that while the child learns important language, he is motivated to interact with others, especially those who work with him.
This presentation is designed to provide parents with an overview of the "verbal behavior" analysis of language. Methods for motivating the child to participate in learning activities that help develop a child's ability to ask for items and events, name common items, and talk about his activities will be provided. Videotape examples will be shown to review effective teaching methods typically used to teach those skills at both the beginning stages and at more advanced levels of language abilities. Participants will learn about issues related to assessing a child's language abilities and how to then implement appropriate and practical language intervention strategies. A major emphasis will be placed on identifying methods to enhance and utilize motivational variables to teach language in both structured teaching sessions and in daily activities.

James Partington, PhD

is the director of Behavior Analysts, Inc. and provides services to children and their families at the STARS Clinic in Walnut Creek, California. He is internationally recognized for his work in teaching parents and professionals effective and practical methods for motivating and teaching skills to children with developmental delays. He is a licensed psychologist and a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA), and has 35 years of experience working with children with developmental disabilities. His expertise is in language-based intervention with children who are experiencing language delays as a result of autism and other related developmental disorders.