8:00 a.m. – Announcements – ASI President Roxanne Cogil
8:10 – 9:15 – “You can’t make me: Proactive Strategies for Positive Behavioral Change” – Presented by James Ball, Ed.D., BCBA-D (1.0 BCBA CEU, 1.0 SLP CEU, 1.0 SW CEU)
This presentation will discuss the 7 evidence based strategies, described in the book, Early Intervention: Real Life Questions; Real Life Answers, authored by the presenter, that have been proven the most effective in teaching students and adults with an autism spectrum disorder. It will focus on teaching of specific skills, reducing challenging behaviors, and building an effective program as outlined in the book, You can’t make me: Proactive Strategies for Positive Behavioral Change.” It will guide the participant, step by step, through the process of implementing these 7 evidence-based strategies in a school based or adult services program. Real life examples will be used. Modifications will be explored that allow this particular program to be effective with students significantly challenged with autism, as well as those students with Asperger’s Syndrome. Because of the nature of this presentation, a question and answer period will be provided.
Goal: Understanding systematic techniques for teaching students on the autism spectrum.
9:15 – 9:30 – Break
9:30 – 10:45 – “You can’t make me: Proactive Strategies for Positive Behavioral Change” – Presented by James Ball, Ed.D., BCBA-D (1.0 BCBA CEU, 1.25 SLP CEU, 1.25 SW CEU)
10:45 – 11:00 – Break
11:00 – 12:30 – Panel of Adults with Autism (1.50 SLP CEU, 1.50 SW CEU)
12:30 – Essay winners will read their essays on having a friend with autism
12:40 – Conference sponsors will introduce themselves along with drawings for $25 Amazon gift cards
1:00 – 2:00 – “Enhancing Social Skills throughout the Educational Years to Adulthood” – Presented by James Ball, Ed.D., BCBA-D (BCBA CEU, 1.0 SLP CEU, 1.0 SW CEU)
This presentation will discuss the Skill Streaming social skills teaching program. It will focus on teaching specific social skills, enhancing motivation, and generalization training. A step by step demonstration will be presented using real life examples. Modifications will be explored that allow this particular social skills program to be effective with students significantly challenged with autism, as well as those students with Asperger’s Syndrome. Because of the nature of this presentation, a question and answer period will be provided.
Goal: To enhance the social skills of individuals on the autism spectrum.
2:00 – 2:15 – Break
2:15 – 3:30 – Covid-19 & Behavior: Common Concerns – Presented by Todd Kopelman, PH.D., BCBA-D and Matt O’Brien, Ph.D., BCBA-D (1.0 BCBA CEU, 1.25 SLP CEU, 1.26 SW CEU)
Objectives: Audience members will be able to:
Dr. Jim Ball, Ed.D., BCBA-D
Dr. Jim Ball, A Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D), has been working in the private sector field of autism for 25+ years. In a variety of settings, he has provided educational, employment, and residential services to children and adults affected with autism.
Dr. Ball has lectured nationally and internationally, provided expert testimony, and published in the areas of early intervention, behavior, consultation services, social skills, technology, and trauma. He is a featured author and is on the advisory board for the Autism Asperger’s Digest magazine. His 2008 triple Award-Winning book, “Early Intervention & Autism: Real-Life Questions, Real-Life Answers” was released in February of 2008.Speakers.
Todd Kopelman, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Dr. Todd Kopelman is a licensed psychologist and board-certified behavior analyst. He is an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. His primary clinical interests are the assessment of autism in children and adults and the evaluation and treatment of challenging behaviors in children and adults with developmental disabilities. Dr. Kopelman is the co-director of the UIHC Autism Center, has served as the coordinator for 3 federal research studies evaluating the use of telehealth to coach parents to evaluate and treat severe challenging behaviors displayed by their young children with autism, and co-teaches a graduate seminar on autism spectrum disorders. He has served as a board member on the Autism Society of Iowa since 2010.
Matthew O’Brien, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Matthew O’Brien, Ph.D., BCBA-D, is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. He completed his doctorate in Psychological and Quantitative Foundations from the University of Iowa and completed postdoctoral fellowships in neuropsychology and behavioral psychology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Dr. O’Brien serves as the Director of Biobehavioral Services and Director of Research and Psychology for the Iowa LEND program. Dr. O’Brien is an investigator on a multisite R01 research grant funded by NIH evaluating behavioral assessment through telehealth and conducts research related to functional analysis of severe and challenging behavior in individuals with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.
This conference will be provided on zoom. The link to join will be sent when you register for the conference.
Continuing Education Units
The Autism Society of Iowa is an accredited sponsor for CEU’s for Social Work #300 and Speech Language Pathology #191. This conference offers 5.75 credit hours of SLP CEU’s and 5.75 credit hours of SW CEU’s.
Balance Autism will be the accredited sponsor for BCBA CEU’s. This conference offers 4.0 credit hours of BCBA CEU’s.
The Autism Society of Iowa is offering registration for service providers to participate in our virtual Information and Resource Fair, which will be held during our virtual annual conference on Friday, November 6, 2020. The keynote speaker will be James Ball, Ed.D., BCBA-D who will speak on pro-active strategies for positive behavior changes and enhancing social skills.
Virtual Exhibitor Benefits – $50