Behavioral Directions LLC will head to Minneapolis on 5/24/13 to present at the 2013 Association for Behavior Analysis Internation (ABAI) annual conference. The presentation titled “Short Term ABA Treatment for Children with Autism: Outcome and Parent Perception“is based on our 2012 summer clinic outcome data for participating students. An average of 92% of student-specific programs showed marked change (skill improvement) and parent perception of outcome was quite favorable. The study is one of the few to demonstrate that even 3 weeks (6-8 hours/week) of sound ABA intervention for students with autism can be therapeutic. The presentation is co-authored by Lauren Ross Hawkins (Fairfax County Public Schools) and Stacey McIntyre (Ivymount School).
Our upcoming intensive, ABA clinic in our Herndon office is currently full. To place your child on the waiting list, please contact our office at (703) 855-4032. We are excited to have Ms. Lauren Hawkins, licensed special educator, join our clinic again this year! All instruction is founded on scientifically-supported, ABA principles which are individualized to each child. We look forward to welcoming Clinic families again this year. Our start date is July 1st!
The 2013 Accessibility Summit will be held April 19-20 at McLean Bible Church in Vienna, VA. Keynote speakers are Emily Colson, mother of a child with autism and daughter of Chuck Colson, the founder of Prison Fellowship; also Clay Dyer, a professional bass fisherman born with no legs, no left arm, and a partial right arm. Dr. Barbin will participate on a panel discussion on building independence and a workshop on Managing Challenging Behaviors. This is a conference especially for families, caregivers, church leaders, teachers, and other professionals connected to the disability community, as attendees will be able to choose from 45 workshop presentations and over 50 exhibitors providing products and services to those with special needs. Visit www.AccessibilitySummit.org for more conference information and online registration. The Early Bird deadline for registration is February 22.
Please come out and join us as we sponsor the 2012 Walk for Autism Virginia 5K! We will participate in the Resource Fair so please drop by and pick up information and a few goodies! Dr. Barbin will be on hand to discuss our services and congratulate those taking part in the walk!
Monday, November 12, 2012 (7:30-9:00PM)- Dr. Barbin is the guest speaker at the Access Community Lecture Series. She will speak on “Handling Difficult Behaviors in Children- Evidence Based Strategies for Success”. Advanced registration is suggested but not required. RSVP to Erin.Roundtree@mcleanbible.org; Location- McLean Bible Church, Tyson’s Campus, Community Room A (8925 Leesburg Pike, Vienna VA 22182).
Type II Continuing Ed Credits will be offered for BCBAs/BCaBAs through Maryland Association for Behavior Analysis. See you there!
Dr. Barbin joins with Dr. Sajjad Khan (NeuroScience, Inc.) to host a Fall Autism Training Series in Herndon. We are excited about each of our seminar topics and plan to bring our expertise to these two areas to help families and colleagues support individuals with ASD!
Registration is NOW OPEN.
CLOSED -DATE PAST #1 - Wednesday, October 17, 2012 (6:00- 7:30 p.m.). STEPPING IT UP: BUILDING INDEPENDENCE AT HOME AND SCHOOL FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH AUTISM
OPEN REGISTRATION #2 – Wednesday, November 7, 2012 (6:00- 7:30 p.m.). COMPREHENSIVE AUTISM TREATMENT: UNDERSTANDING THE OPTIONS.
Held at NeuroScience, Inc., 106 Elden Street, Suite 17, Herndon, Va. 20170; $50 in advance only per topic.
Space is limited. Register by calling NeuroScience Inc. at (703) 787-9090.
Ben and his family have much to be proud of! Ben was selected by staff in May, 2012 as one of 15 students school-wide at Liberty Middle School in Clifton to receive the” Spirit of Liberty” Award. Ben was recognized based on his hard work, upbeat attitude, and excellent citizenship. School administration said “His positive contributions to the Liberty Middle School community make him an outstanding role model.” Over the past several years his parents have worked collaboratively with FCPS school teams to form a strong, consistent learning environment for Ben even through his transition to middle school this year. His parents said “We are so proud of Ben and thankful for Dr. Barbin’s support and partnership with his school team over the years. Although his transition to middle school required a lot of planning and collaboration to get through the bumps, it has resulted in a year of wonderful personal growth for Ben.” We look forward to watching Ben’s success continue!
Our first summer ABA clinic is set to start 6/25/12. The clinic was created with 1:1 support for 2 hour sessions (over possible 9 weeks). We are excited about the overwhelming interest in our clinic and look forward to bringing on Lauren Ross, M.Ed., licensed special educator and behavior analyst to work directly with the students! WELCOME CLINIC FAMILIES!
Our staff presented a seminar on Development of Joint Attention in Individuals with ASD at our local peer review roundtable event (March 2012). As this is a key area of intervention when joint attention skills are not established, details of our assessment procedures and intervention strategies were shared and well received by our group of colleagues. Thank you!
Please plan to attend the 3rd Annual Diamonds in the Rough: D.C. Area Special Learning Needs Sampler for parents and professionals working with children with special learning needs.
March 18, 2012 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Universities of Maryland at Shady Grove Rockville
Early bird rate until 2/29- $25 individual/$45 couple
Regular rate: $45 individual/$85 couple
Dr. Barbin will take part in the Expert Panel on Dealing with Behavioral Issues (11:45-12:45). Hope to see you there!