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Session: Skill-Based Treatment for Automatically Reinforced Behavior

Dr. Ruppel will give a talk on the SBT Process for Stereotypy and Mouthing on October 22, 2021 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM.

The Practical Functional Assessment and Skill-Based Treatment processes (Hanley et al., 2014) were designed to address problem behaviour sensitive to social reinforcement, such as escape from adult-led tasks to child-led play with specific forms of adult attention. However, recent research has focused on extending the Skill-Based Treatment to some topographies of behaviour sensitive to automatic reinforcement. This presentation will discuss such applications, including the use of Skill-Based Treatment to teach learners with autism to refrain from stereotypy when it interferes with important learning opportunities and to allocate stereotypy to times and places in which it is not interfering. This presentation will also discuss the use of Skill-Based Treatment to address mouthing of non-food items. Future directions in this line of research will be noted.

Session: Exploring a Trauma-Informed Process For Assessing and Treating Dangerous Problem Behavior: The “Enhanced Choice Model

Dr. Rajaraman will give a talk on the Enhanced Choice Model and Trauma Informed Care on October 22, 2021 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Skill-based treatments developed from practical functional assessments are capable of producing durable, socially meaningful outcomes with respect to dangerous problem behaviour. Although successful outcomes have been achieved across a variety of contexts and participant profiles, implementation of these procedures may be limited due to perceived risks associated with escalation in problem behaviour, which is likely to occur when treatments rely on extinction that sometimes requires physical management. This presentation will begin with a summary of the underlying assumptions and methods unique to the practical functional assessment and skill-based treatment process. Then, an evaluation of an “enhanced choice” model for minimizing risks during treatment will be reviewed. In the evaluation, socially validated outcomes were achieved with all participants; dangerous problem behaviour never occurred for three participants and rarely occurred for two participants. Findings will be connected to a recently administered survey regarding the nature, feasibility, and social acceptability of physical management procedures associated with behaviour analytic service delivery. Implications of enhanced choice procedures for safe and dignifying behaviour analytic practice will be reflected upon, with special consideration given to the commitments of trauma-informed care.

About this event

The Stone Soup Conference is a one-day virtual conference for you as an ABA professional, academic, educator or student that will inspire and inform you with new perspectives and strategies you can use to better support your clients and advance your career through superior clinical outcomes.

Stone Soup’s unique virtual conference blends excellent presentations by some of the industry’s most revered clinical minds and up-and-comers with amazing networking experiences to help you broaden your peer connections and opportunities.

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Date And Time

October 22, 2021

Dr. Ruppel start time: 1:00 PM

Dr. Rajaraman start time: 11 AM


Virtual (online)

This event is not hosted by FTF Behavioral Consulting. Please click here for ticket and event information.


Oct 22, 2021
11:00 am - 2:30 pm

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