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ABA-INDIA 4TH Annual Conference 2013

ONLINE REGISTRATION PROCESS

1. Open the link http://marundeshwara.com/maruncms/index.php?conferenceID=28 in a browser

2. In the page that opens see " If you haven't registered you can click here to register" and click there

3. Follow onscreen instructions to get userid and passwords

4. After you have thus registered, you can use the user-id and password to log in to the portal and register for the conference

Accommodation options in chennai, near the conference venue

S.NO

HOTEL NAME

ROOM TYPE

RATES SGL A/C

RATES DBL A/C

TAX

APPROXIMATE DISTANCE FROM VENU

1.

HYATT REGENCY ANN A SALAI

KING ROOM

6500

7000

12.50+7.42

VENUE

2.

RESIDENCY TOWERS

STANDARD

4500

5000

19.92%

0.5KMS

3.

RAJ PARK, ALWARPET

STANDARD

3000

3800

19.92%

2.5 KMS

4.

MALLIKA RESIDENCY MOUNT ROAD

STANDARD

950

NON A/C 700

19.92%

4.0 KMS

5.

LOTUS SERVICE APTA VENKATRAMAN ST

STANDARD

2700

 

19.92%

3.0 KMS

   

DELUXE

1900

 

19.92%

 

6.

LLYODS GUEST HOUSU NORTH BOAG ROAD

DELUXE

1600

 

19.92%

2.1 KMS

   

STANDARD

1400

 

19.92%

2.1 KMS

7.

LLYODS GUEST HOUSU KRISHNA STREET

STANDARD

1400

 

19.92%

1.5 KMS

THE ABOVE RATES ARE SPECIAL RATES APPLICABLE ONLY FOR DELEGATES OF ABAI INDIA 2013 CONFERENCE.
THE RATES ARE CURRENT AND ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE.
ALL REQUEST FOR RESERVATION WILL HAVE TO BE ACCOMPANIED BY ONE DAY'S RENT FOR CONFERMATION.
CANCELLATION POLICY
30 DAYS BEFORE ARRIVAL-NIL
15 DAYS BEFORE CHECK IN-ADMIN FEE OF RS. 500/- WILL BE DEDUCTED
LESS THAN 15 DAYS - ONE NIGHT ROOM RENT WILL BE DEDUCTED
EARLY CHECK IN OR CHECK OUT WILL BE BILLED AS PER HOTELS RULES.
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ABA India 4th Annual Conference – Dec 2013
Key Note Addess by Dr. William Heward, Ed. D., BCBA-D

William-Heward Why Be a Behavior Analyst?
Abstract: Why be a behavior analysts today and not something else? Several examples will be presented of how behavior analysis is being used to improve the human experience in a variety of areas. As impressive as these accomplishments are, they pale in comparison to the potential of behavior analysis to help make the world a better place. Five reasons will be offered for why a person should be a behavior analyst and several actions recommended that behavior analysts, whether novices or experienced, can take to narrow the gap between the tremendous potential of behavior analysis and its limited impact to date.

Why Be a Behavior Analyst?
William L. Heward, Ed.D., BCBA-D, is Professor Emeritus in the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University (USA). Bill has been a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Portugal, a Visiting Scholar at the National Institute of Education in Singapore, a Visiting Professor of Psychology at Keio University in Tokyo and at the University of São Paulo, Brazil, and has given lectures and workshops in 16 other countries.
He has published more than 100 journal articles and book chapters and nine books, including Applied Behavior Analysis, 2nd ed. (2007, co-authored with John Cooper and Tim Heron) and Exceptional Children: An Introduction to Special Education, 10th ed. (2013), which have been translated into several foreign languages.
Awards recognizing Dr.Heward's contributions to behavior analysis and education include the Ellen P. Reese Award for Communication of Behavioral Concepts from the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies and the Fred S. Keller Behavioral Education Award from the American Psychological Association.
A Past President and Fellow of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, Bill's research interests include "low-tech" methods for increasing the effectiveness of group instruction in inclusive classrooms and adaptations of curriculum and instruction that promote the generalization and maintenance of newly learned knowledge and skills.

ABA India 4th Annual Conference – Dec 2013
ONLINE REGISTRATION PROCESS

Bombay-Jayashri Profile of Chief Guest Bombay Jayashri:
With a career extending over two decades, Jayashri is today among the most sought after Carnatic musicians.Jayashri has performed extensively in India and abroad in the most prestigious fora, drawing critical acclaim wherever she performed. More recently she has harnessed her skills towards composing music as a powerful caatalyst in promoting our rich legacy in literature and other art forms which have opened up new vistas for exploring her creative instincts.Another dimension to music which Jayashri is focused on is in exploring the therapeutic and healing value that music can generate. She has been working closely with institutions caring for autistic children to help open up their senses through the medium of music. This is a deep and long commitment which she has taken on and a very laudable one at that.
A seamless blend of uncompromising adherence to the core tradition of classical carnatic music as well as a ceaseless quest for quality music in any form would best personify Jayashri. Jayashri has recently sung Pi's Lullaby, which sets the tone in Ang Lee's film, Life of Pi. She has written the song as an original piece in Tamil and has co-composed the track along with Michael Danna.

Fourth Annual Conference, Chennai , December 2013 Workshop Topics, Abstracts and Presenters
WORKSHOP # 1:

Neil Martin Dr. Neil Martin, BCBA-D
Data Driven Teaching Children with Autism

Abstract: ABA methodology of teaching children with Autism is driven by data baseddecisions. Skills are broken down in very simple units of teaching called Discrete Trial. Tounderstand what discrete trial teaching is, how to use it, how to use and fade prompts and how to support decisions with data. Video clips will also be used to illustrate examples.
Participants: Individuals will learn teaching procedures based on scientific principles. Theworkshop provides exposure to the practice of ABA according to International standards.





Level: Intermediate
Participants: Professionals and Parents


BIO:
Dr. Neil Martin has been working as a behaviour analyst (as a clinician, academic, supervisor and researcher), since 1990. Neil received his PhD from the University of Reading (UK) in 1998 and became a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) in 2002. He was among the first handful of BCBAs in the UK and he was one of the 'ABA Lecturer's Co-operative' that developed the first BACB-approved course sequence in the UK. Although now working independently, Neil still teaches on a number of university programmes including at the University of Kent and the IESCUM programme in Italy. Neil supervises students, he consults to numerous organisations and families both in the UK and internationally, and he is involved in European funded research with other European partners. More recently Neil was one of the international subject matter experts that reviewed the BACB task list and was also involved in the subject matter expert panel for the generation of the BACB autism task list. Neil is the Applied Science representative of the European Association for Behaviour Analysis and the International Representative of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.

WORKSHOP # 2:

Dr. Rebecca Ward,Ph.D., C. Psych. Dr. Rebecca Ward,Ph.D., C. Psych.
My Life as an Epic Win:Transition to Adulthood for Teens and Young Adults with High Functioning Autism (HFA) and Aspergers Disorder
Abstract

In the transition to adulthood, young adults with high functioning autism (HFA) or Aspergers Disorder (AD) are often underemployed, dependent on parents, lacking in meaningful friendships and at high risk for mental health challenges. This workshop describes a ten-week transition to adulthood through Autism Speaks Canada. This project is a collaboration between Brock University and Woodview Mental Health and Autism Service that teaches youth and their parents about self-determination and gives them the planning skills to fulfill on their vision for the future in the areas of further education, career/employment, independence, and relationships.
Participants in this workshop will learn about aspects of the Epic Win course that are used in teaching youth and parents about life planning (i.e., visioning, goal setting, team building and creating action plans). Participants will learn how to teach transitional life planning skills through (1) role play and video modeling for practicing skills, (2) "doubling", a method for teaching empathic listening needed for team building, and (3) creating visual displays (e.g., collage, video, books) for representing life goals.

Level: Intermediate
Participants: Professionals and Parents


BIO
Dr Ward is an Assistant Professor and Clinical Coordinator in the Centre for Applied Disability Studies at Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, teaching Masters level students courses in behavioural assessment and intervention and supervising ABA practicum. She received her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Toronto in 1995. Dr. Ward has been serving children with autism and other developmental and learning challenges and their families for over 25 years through providing diagnostic and behavioural assessment and intervention. She has educated and trained students, parents, IBI therapists, teachers, and other professionals in applying the principles of ABA to skill building and treatment of behaviour challenges using a bio-psychosocial positive behaviour support model.

WORKSHOP # 3:

Smita Awasthi SmitaAwasthi, BCBA, PhD Student
Beginning an ABA based Home Program
Abstract

More and more parents are asking for ABA based services, however due to the severe shortage of ABA educated professionals in India, many parents are unable to avail services which are evidence based and highly technical in nature. There is a huge demand supply imbalance as more and more parents seek ABA services in a country which has only 9 BCBA's and 3 BCaBA's. This causes delays in reaching out to professionals who are either educated in ABA or are Board Certified (BACB) . It is thus imperative that parents educate themselves in ABA principles so they can begin an ABA program at home for their child with Autism or Development Disabilities, as soon as diagnoses is received. ABA principles and procedures as compared to eclectic approaches when used to teach in intensive teaching programs, leads to massive gains in chld's IQ, imitation and other skills. However for the best possible results it is important for parents to continue working under professional supervision of a certified Behavior Analyst. This workshop aims to provide basic skills and knowledge to parents based on latest research, so an ABA based program can be started at home.

Level: Basic
Participants: Parents


BIO
Smita is the First Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) from India and the driving force behind the ABA movement in India since 2004. She is a PhD student of ABA at Queen's University Belfast, UK and a University topper in MA Psychology. Smita started her career in 1984 in a UNICEF project involved with children with developmental disabilities. In a career spanning 27 years, she has more than 20 years of experience in the field of Autism & Developmental Disabilities. She has conducted more than 50 workshops across India since 2004 and presented Autism related research papers & posters at ABA International Annual conferences in Beijing, Chicago, Atlanta, Phoenix, Oslo, San Antonio, Denver & Granada. She was a key note speaker at the QUART Conference Belfast. Smita provides consultation and training to families with children with Autism, Aspergers, PDD, ADHD, GDD etc from India, South East Asia, Middle East and UK, Germany & Canada. She is involved with "Train the Trainer" workshops in India, Dubai, Abu-Dhabi, Muscat, UK, She is actively involved with mentoring Behavior Analysts preparing for certification. She was awarded by the U.P Govt in India in 2005 for Awareness work in Autism. and by "Society for Advancement of Behavior Analysis" USA in 2009 for Univ based collaboration.. Even with her vast experience in working with children & adults with Autism, she considers herself to be a student of the subject of Behavior Analysis.

WORKSHOP # 4:

Svetlana-Iyer Svetlana Iyer, BCBA, KomalaAnantpur , ABA Professional Toilet Training Abstract
This workshop will outline procedural steps, which parents and professionals can use in order to systematically teach toileting to individuals of any age or functioning.
Parents often struggle with when and how to go about introducing toilet training to their children, especially if the child has a disability. Azrin& Foxx (1974) had introduced an intensive toilet training protocol, which has been replicated by many and shown to be effective in educational and home settings. In this workshop, parents and professionals will be introduced to a modified Azrin& Foxx protocol and understand how toilet training benefits the whole family unit.


Participants will learn:

Level: Basic
Participants: Parentsand professionals


BIO:
Svetlana Iyer is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She holds a Master's degree in Elementary and Special Education from Binghamton University, USA. She is a founder and director of Stepping Stones Center, Bangalore, India.
KomalaAnantpur is a RCI certified Special Educator. She is aABA professional mentoring under Svetlana Iyer and Home Program Supervisor for Stepping Stones Center, Bangalore, India.

WORKSHOP # 5:

MeeraRamani MeeraRamani, BCBA
Teaching Social Skills at Home, School and Community
Abstract :

For people with autism spectrum disorder [ASD] social skills do not develop on their own or even easily .Teaching social skills is very important for them Environment is always social. Compensation of social skill deficit is impossible. They need to be taught using powerful and solid teaching methods .Today a range of methods are being used to teach social +skills with strong research support .Whereas most typical developing children learn through observation and watching others, children with ASD need the benefit of direct teaching .The workshop will focus on understanding ABA approach to social skills education and treatment, Theory of mind -different perspectives, points of view, thoughts, emotions etc. It will also address components of social interaction and factors that affect performance such as motivation, sensory needs, distinguishing between attention and impulsivity Control, memory, Self-Efficacy, Mobility and Movement Differences.
Components of successful social Interactions such as the 5 Step Model (Access Social Functioning) will be discussed. Distinguishing between Skill Acquisition and Performance deficits plays an important role in teaching. Emphasis will be on empowering workshop audience with selecting Intervention Strategies, Implementing Intervention, Evaluating and Monitoring Progress in Social skills in Home School/Community. Additionally, in the two way format of the workshop, social mapping self-monitoring and Video Modeling will be discussed .The social skills taxonomy will be discussed in detail.
As an exercise, audience will be given practice to assess a student using social profile skills scale and also create a social skills profile.

Participants will learn the following: Why teach social skills, Prerequisite for participating in Home setting,Social Interaction , The 5 step Model, Factors that affect performance, Social skills in School/Community , Social Mapping , Self –Monitoring , Video Modeling, Steps for preparing for Success.
Audience will be given practice to assess a student using Social Profile Skills Scale and Create a social skills Profile.

Level: Intermediate
Participants: Parents and professionals


BIO:
Meera is a Board certified Behaviour Analyst. She did her Post graduate studies in ABA from The University of Florida. She has a Master's in Education and Education Psychology .She did her Post graduate certification in Autism from Chennai, India and also has a Post graduate certification in Creative Movement Therapy for children with special needs. She has her Bachelors in Education and Science. She has more than 22 years' experience working with children under special needs. She has many years of experience working with individuals with ASD in different settings like centre, group homes and home based programs. She was also involved in integration of children in mainstream schools. Prior to working with special needs children, she has worked in mainstream schools. Her primary interest is in Skinner's Verbal Behavior Approach and Application of ABA principles to teach language and deal with behavioral issues in children with Autism and Developmental Disabilities. She is an integral member of ABAI and member of Research Committee ABA-India. Currently she is working as a Head of Autism Unit at Al Noor Training Centre Dubai. She has vast experience of conducting various Workshops for Parents and Para professionals in Autism.

WORKSHOP # 6:

Susan-Ansleigh Dr. Susan Ansleigh, PhD, BCBA-D
A Decision-Making Model for Improving Behavior Analytic Services

Abstract: Clinical practice is often an uncertain exercise (Gambrill, 1990). Across the field of ABA exist wide variations in the way services are implemented, monitored, and modified. Decision-making - about when to intervene, when to change an intervention, and when to discontinue intervention - are all part of daily practice, and yet, with few guidelines as to how to make such decisions, clinicians often rely on instinct and hence, mistakes are inevitable. Such mistakes are costly and potentially slow progress, and are compounded when decision-making is spread across less experienced or newly trained personnel. This workshop presents a decision-making model using visually displayed data that guides interventionists, case managers, clinical supervisors, or families receiving services in the clinical making process. It presents specific guidelines on how to monitor performance data to determine when to make a clinical change (such as when to intervene, when to discontinue an intervention, when to fade prompts or thin reinforcement and punishment schedules, or when to implement strategies to promote generalization). Attendees will learn how make better, more timely decisions related to the provision of behavior analytic services, and how to monitor that those under their supervision do the same. A case study using the model across 4 behavior analysts responsible for clinical decision making in an intensive behavior program will be presented, with an examination of how the use of the model in various formats resulted in more accurate, timely, and independent decision making.

Level : Advanced
Participants: Professionals.

BIO:
Dr. Susan Ainsleigh is a Behavior Analyst and special education teacher with over 20 years of experience providing clinical and educational services to individuals with disabilities. Dr.Ainsleigh is the founder of the ABA Division at the Jeddah Institute for Speech & Hearing. She is a professor of ABA at Bay Path College in the USA, and former professor at Dar Al Hekma College, Simmons College, and Dean College. She is a member and President-Elect of ABA-Saudi Arabia, and a member of the Association for Behavior Analysis International. Dr.Ainsleigh's expertise is related to supervision of behavior analysis students and the application of ABA to higher education settings.