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Key Note Speakers

Fri 26 June '09 / 10:00 - 11:00 Gina Green: Promoting public policies to support ABA treatment for Autism
Sat 27 June '09 / 10:00 - 12:30 Workshop 1 / Gina Green: Early screening and identification of ASDs

Professor Gina Green Green is currently in private practice in San Diego as a consultant and is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Behavior Analysis, University of North Texas. She has authored numerous publications on the treatment of individuals with developmental disabilities and brain injuries, as well as the experimental analysis of behavior. She co-edited the books Behavioral Intervention for Young Children with Autism and Making a Difference: Behavioral Intervention for Autism. Gina also serves on the Autism Advisory Group of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies and the advisory boards of several autism programs and organizations. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Council for Scientific Medicine and Mental Health. Psychology Today named her “Mental Health Professional of the Year” in 2000. In 2005 she received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from The Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland for her work in autism.

Fri 26 June '09 / 11:20 - 12:10 Bobby Newman: How do we know what works and what does not?
Sat 27 June '09 / 12:30 - 16:00 Workshop 7 / Bobby Newman: Detecting behavioural solutions to everyday problems

Dr Bobby Newman is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Licensed Psychologist. He has authored eight previous books, including the popular staff training tools Behaviorspeak, Behaviorask and Behavioral Detectives. Bobby has published over two dozen articles in professional journals. He currently provides staff training and consultation around the world, and has been honoured for this work by several parent and professional groups, including having an award named in his honour by Families for Effective Autism Treatment of Central New York. He has hosted two series of radio call-in programs. Bobby is on the adjunct faculty of Queens College, CUNY and Stony Brook, SUNY.

Fri 26 June '09 / 12:10 - 13:00 Karen Wagner: ABA: A holistic life-span approach
Sat 27 June '09 / 10:00 - 12:30 Workshop 4 / Karen Wagner: Relationships & employment

Dr Karen R Wagner is a past-president of the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis, and was the State Student Advisor for the Florida Council for Exceptional Children. She is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst and has also worked with individuals with disabilities since 1981 in Adult Day Training (ADT) programs, as an Employment Specialist, and as Director of an inclusive summer camp. In 1997 Karen formed Behaviour Services of Brevard, and extended in-home behaviour analysis services to typically developing children. In 2003 she opened a community-based ADT that would allow individuals with cognitive impairments and severe behaviour challenges to access community activities previously denied them due to their extreme behaviours.

Fri 26 June '09 / 14:00 - 14:50 Bill Ahearn: Autism and learning: From research to practice
Sat 27 June '09 / 13:30 - 16:00 Workshop 5 / Bill Ahearn: From vocal stereotypy to verbal behaviour

Dr Bill Ahearn is the Director of Research at the New England Centre for Children (NECC) in Massachusetts and Clinical Assistant Professor in Northeastern University’s Master’s program in Applied Behavior Analysis and Adjunct Faculty in Western New England College’s doctoral program. Bill currently serves as the autism track coordinator for the Association for Behavior Analysis and is the ACE coordinator for providing BCBA continuing education at NECC and for the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy. Having been published in leading journals, Bill’s research interests include social skills in children with autism, verbal behavior, assessment and treatment of stereotypy, severe problem behavior, and pediatric feeding difficulties.

Fri 26 June '09 / 15:10 - 16:00 Neil Martin: Application in a UK context: The TreeHouse Trust
Sat 27 June '09 / 10:00 - 12:300 Workshop 2 / Neil Martin: Data driven teaching and learning from pupils with autism

Dr Neil Martin is the Director of Research at TreeHouse, the first school in the UK to offer educational provision for pupils with autism based on the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis. Neil also holds an honorary research fellowship with the University of Kent, where he was formerly a lecturer, and he currently teaches on a number of BACB-approved course sequences in the UK. He is the Applied Science Representative of the European Association for Behaviour Analysis. Neil has varied research interests including the clinical application of experimental functional analyses, the effectiveness of behavioural intervention for children with autism within school settings and use of computer-based observational technologies for teaching and learning.

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Keynote Speakers

Gina Green Fri 26 Jun '09

Promoting public policies to support ABA treatment for autism.

Workshop 1 Sat 27 Jun '09

Early screening & Identification of ASDs.