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Helping Kids With Autism Live Free of Challenging Behaviour


Mon 10 Oct 2016, 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: University of Auckland Tāmaki Campus, Gate 1, 261 Morrin Road, St Johns, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Workshop Registration: $115.00
  • Additional fees may apply


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Although a diagnosis of autism is not dependent on problem behaviours like meltdowns, self-injury, or aggression, one or more of these types of problems will likely require address at some point in the lifespan of a person diagnosed with autism.

Persistent patterns of these behaviours lead to highly restrictive lifestyles for the child and their family. In this session, Dr Gregory P Hanley will describe a highly individualised and practical functional assessment process that leads to fast, safe and effective outcomes. There are numerous treatment options once the function of problem behaviour has been determined via a functional assessment process. There are, however, very few treatments that have been shown to be effective outside of highly controlled conditions, and whose effects were socially validated by caregivers. In this session, Dr Hanley will describe a skill-based treatment that is highly effective and socially-validated.

Dr Hanley has been applying the principles of learning to improve socially important behaviours of children and adults for 25 years. He worked and trained at the Spurwink School, the Groden Center and the Kennedy Krieger Institute, was degreed at the University of Florida, was tenured at the University of Kansas, and is currently a professor of Psychology and director of the Behavior Analysis doctoral programme at Western New England University, and an adjunct professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Dr Hanley has published over 100 book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals in areas such as the assessment and prevention of problem behaviour, teaching tactics for young children, and evidence-based values. Dr Hanley is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 25), past editor of Behavior Analysis in Practice (BAP), past associate editor of The Behavior Analyst and current editor of prestigious Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.

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