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by David Celiberti, PhD, BCBA-D and Kate McKenna, MEd, MSEd, MS, BCBA Association for Science in Autism Treatment
In contrast to parents of children with other conditions, parents of children with autism spectrum disorders today face many challenges such as accessing timely intervention, sifting through hundreds of treatment options, navigating a dizzying amount of misinformation on the internet, hearing an abundance of misconceptions about the behavior analytic treatment, interacting with professionals whose perspectives on science-based intervention may vary widely and making sense of some of the overt conflicts facing our community (whether “treatment” is even appropriate, awareness versus acceptance, “autistic” versus “individual with autism”). Any one of these challenges can be difficult for parents, but are often overwhelming when experienced together. Using social validity as a framework, this webinar will highlight the role that behavior analysts can play in helping parents, caregivers, and other consumers become effective and articulate advocates for their children. Although not the focus of this presentation, some time will be spent addressing how to support children with autism in developing some advocacy skills as well. Examples will be highlighted throughout the presentation to broaden the repertoires of attendees.
About the Presenters
Dr. David Celiberti is the Executive Director of the Association for Science in Autism Treatment and Past-President of its Board of Directors, a role he served from 2006 and 2012. He is the Co-Editor of ASAT’s online publication, Science in Autism Treatment. He received his PhD in clinical psychology from Rutgers University in 1993 and his board certification in behavior analysis in 2000. Dr. Celiberti has served on a number of advisory boards and special interest groups in the field of autism, applied behavior analysis, and early childhood education. He works in private practice and provides consultation to public and private schools and agencies in underserved areas and minority communities. He has authored several articles in professional journals and presents frequently at regional, national, and international conferences. In prior positions, Dr. Celiberti taught courses related to applied behavior analysis (ABA) at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, supervised individuals pursuing BCBA certifications, and conducted research in the areas of ABA, family intervention, and autism.
Kate McKenna has worked for over 25 years providing ABA services to students on the autism spectrum. She is passionate about inclusion and supporting students in developing play, social, and language skills. Kate holds a Masters in Child Study from the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study at Tufts University, a Masters in Special Education from Pace University, and a Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis from Hunter College. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a Licensed Behavior Analyst in New York and Connecticut. Kate has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Science in Autism Treatment since 2020.
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Attendees will identify and describe common challenges and barriers to parental advocacy.
Attendees will discuss how social validity provides a framework for advocacy surrounding goals, outcomes, and methods.
Attendees will describe how to contrive and capture opportunities to target advocacy skills.
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