Welcome to VBU

One of our top priorities at Verbal Beginnings is our mission of dissemination. It’s important to us not only to spread awareness of Applied Behavior Analysis with our own families and staff but far into the community as well. With that in mind we’ve created VBU, a home base for you to get the training you need from the professionals you trust. Along with our Resource Hub, we hope that you get the training and insights that will help you do your best work and change lives every day!

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Browse and get access to our library of past webinars! Please note that we’re not currently able to offer CEU credits for this content but please watch, engage, and learn all you like!

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The Ethics of Self Care

This workshop will define avoidance and anxiety related to self-care in behavior analytic terms. Participants will consult the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for behavior analysts and determine how self-care relates to ethics. Meditation will be behaviorally explained and applied; and meditation and breathing techniques will be explored as tools to promote self-care. The potential role of acceptance and commitment therapy and relational frame theory in self-care will also be discussed.

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Multicultural Sensitivity in ABA

This presentation will focus on multicultural awareness and sensitivity, and the implications for behavior analytic practice. Multicultural sensitivity as it relates to the general field of psychology will be discussed, as well as the more specific relationship between multicultural sensitivity and social validity in ABA. Current literature on multicultural sensitivity and social validity will be reviewed. Multicultural considerations will then be linked to specific strategies for intake assessments, client programming, and family training.

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ABA & IEPs – Coordinating Care through the Special Education Process

This presentation will provide attendees with an overview of the special education and IEP processes, to include the most recent legal considerations in regard to special education law, and how to best incorporate ABA practices and terms in the IEP document.  Discussion will also include working as a collaborative team member during the IEP process, IEP goals and objectives that align with the VB-MAPP, and resources to share with parents.  Resources will be provided to allow participants to find specific special education resources and laws in your client’s area.

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A BCBA’s Guide to School Coordination

Effective coordination amongst service providers allows for generalization of skills, and results in improved outcomes for shared learners. Attendees will learn to use principles of ABA to effectively arrange and execute coordination with school-based professionals.  Input from a panel of special educators will be incorporated regarding their experiences coordinating with outside professionals.

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Tolerating Aversive Stimuli, Routines, and Tasks Planning (Part 1)

Difficulty with tolerating aversive yet necessary stimuli, routines, and tasks – such as self-care routines and medical procedures – is common among individuals with Autism or Intellectual Disabilities. Mitigating these challenges across environments (home, school, and other professional services) is essential to promoting health and development. This CEU will discuss the recent research regarding procedures and interventions that have been used to decrease maladaptive behaviors, while simultaneously increasing skill acquisition and the completion of necessary, though potentially aversive, routines.

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Tolerating Aversive Stimuli, Routines, and Tasks Planning (Part 2)

Difficulty with tolerating aversive yet necessary stimuli, routines, and tasks – such as self-care routines and medical procedures – is common among individuals with Autism or Intellectual Disabilities. Mitigating these challenges across environments (home, school, and other professional services) is essential to promoting health and development. This CEU will discuss the recent research regarding procedures and interventions that have been used to decrease maladaptive behaviors, while simultaneously increasing skill acquisition and the completion of necessary, though potentially aversive, routines.

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Social Skills Training for Individuals with ASD

Far too often, children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are left to flounder in a challenging and chaotic world of social nuances and expectations, without explicit and consistent rules or supports to guide them. Assisting children with ASD on how to navigate these challenging waters can also seem a daunting task amongst practitioners. This CEU will discuss recent research regarding procedures and interventions that have been used to increase social engagement amongst children with autism, as well as attempt to develop your own social skills program for an individual client. Discussions will include recommendations from Behavior Analytic literature as well as additional resources to aid practitioners in guiding children with social skills deficits to independent success.

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ASD in the DSM-5: The BCBA’s Ethical Responsibility to Clients

When working with individuals diagnosed with ASD, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM–5) may be viewed as an additional guide toward establishing appropriate Objectives, Goals, and dosage within the individualized ABA-based treatment plan. Throughout this CEU event, the presenters will discuss the relationship between a diagnosis of ASD, as outlined by criteria established within the DSM-5, and the BCBA’s ethical obligation to clients. Topics of discussion will include defining the hierarchy of individuals defined as clients, consultation with other professionals, and establishing effective and relevant treatment objectives, goals, and dosage.

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Caregiver Training in Autism: Facts and Impacts of Caregiver Stress, Treatment Adherence, and Training

Statistically, caregivers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder have been documented to struggle with many issues, often including higher rates of mental health disorders, lower quality of life, and lower rates of family integration as compared to the general population. How can we as Behavior Analysts become more familiar with these facts in order to develop sensitivity and resources to support the families that we work with? And how does caregiver adherence to our programs affect the child’s outcomes? We’ll also review the most effective methods of caregiver training in the field of Behavior Analysis and discover some books and resources to help support families.

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Behavioral Skills Training: A How to For Supervisors in the Field of Applied Behavior Analysis

Effective staff training and feedback is essential for ensuring treatment fidelity in ABA procedures toward improving client progress. Too often, lack of planning within training leaves the direct therapist without all of the tools and knowledge to provide the best and most effective intervention. Providing thorough and effective training for therapists is beneficial not only to the therapist, but also to clients and the ABA-therapy team as a whole. The presentation will provide a deeper look into Behavioral Skills Training (BST), its effectiveness, and how to apply BST to ABA training. In addition to a better understanding of BST, implementation of effective feedback will be discussed to ensure the most critical methods to change behavior are implemented.

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Assessment and Treatment of Food Refusal in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

It is estimated that the prevalence of problematic mealtime behavior among individuals with a diagnosis of ASD is as high as 80%. Treatment utilizing ABA is well supported, however many behavior analysts are unaware that such treatments exist and what behaviors indicate a problem that necessitate intervention by a specialist. This presentation will provide an overview of challenging mealtime behaviors, implications for treatment, and some basic strategies that can be applied by the behavior analyst that has not received extensive training in the treatment of feeding disorders.

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Assessment and Programming for Play, the ABA Way!

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) show marked deficits in developing, maintaining, and understanding relationships. This leads to difficulties with developing pretend play skills. This puts children with ASD at a disadvantage, considering that pretend play serves an important role in childhood development. Pretend play skills help teach children to problem solve, to understand emotions, how to interact with peers, as well as how to understand a variety of life events. This presentation will provide an overview of assessment tools that can be utilized to assess play skills. Furthermore, effective research-based interventions will be reviewed for teaching play skills the ABA way!

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Delay Discounting: A Primer and Applications for ABA Practitioners

When given a choice, most people would prefer to have rewards sooner rather than later, and more rather than less. Delay discounting occurs when the perceived value of a reward decreases as the time to its receipt increases. In general, people tend to make less than optimal choices when rewards are associated with delayed reinforcement. Higher rates of delay discounting have been associated with a variety of choices that are less than optimal, such as smoking, unhealthy eating habits, drug use, and gambling. This presentation will provide an overview of the literature, implications for treatment, and strategies to overcoming issues associated with delay discounting.

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