Virginia’s top experts in the field of autism gathered in Charlottesville Friday for “Overcoming the Challenges of Autism Using Applied Behavior Analysis.”
The inaugural conference was the first partnership between the Virginia Institute of Autism, the Faison School and the University of Virginia. The conference fostered collaboration across these programs and further educated UVA students and faculty about evidence-based practices.
“This is a wonderful collaboration that will improve the ways these organizations help people overcome the challenges of autism,” said Ethan Long, Executive Director of the Virginia Institute of Autism.
Representatives from VIA and Faison led breakout sessions on technology innovation, social skills instruction, transitions and trouble shooting in education.
Keynote speaker Iser DeLeon, Ph.D., BCBA-D, the Director of Research Development for the Department of Behavioral Psychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute discussed how basic research in applied behavior analysis can lead to improvements in teaching and treatments for people with autism.
“We are very fortunate to have Dr. DeLeon present to us. He is one of the most respected experts in applied behavior analysis,” said Long. “Having him share his research with us will help improve services for people with autism throughout Virginia.”