Development and Use of the Play and Language Program for Early Autism Intervention
E. Amanda Boutot, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017 Time: 5:30-8:30 pm eastern Recording Information: ABACAccess5
The PAL program was especially designed for use with very young children (ages 0-5) with or at risk for autism and other developmental disabilities or delays. Practitioners working in early intervention, early childhood special education, applied behavior analysis, speech-language pathology, or other early childhood arenas will find the PAL Assessment an easy to use, comprehensive overview of childhood functioning across 5 Building Blocks: Imitation and Play Skills, Joint Attention and Social Interaction, Visual Discrimination, Receptive Language, and Expressive Language. The PAL Curriculum Guide provides an overview of the Building Blocks within the PAL as well as a developmental Scope and Sequence for each. Further, the PAL includes a Curriculum Planning Matrix for use with specific skill deficits identified in the Assessment and an overview of instructional strategies that may be used to teach a variety of skills. This webinar will provide an overview of the 10+ years in which the PAL was in development, uses, scoring, program planning and progress monitoring. Particular emphasis will be placed on using the PAL as part of a comprehensive approach to program and treatment planning through use as a supplement (rather than a replacement) to other commonly used assessments/curricula. Videos will be shown demonstrating use of the PAL in a play-based assessment format with infants and toddlers with developmental delays.
Following this webinar, participants will be able to:
1. Describe the development process for the PAL
2. Describe children for whom the PAL might be suited
3. Describe how to score the PAL
4. Discuss on-going progress monitoring through the PAL
5. Discuss how the PAL can be used for comprehensive program development, as part of a package along with other assessments
5:30 pm: Introduction
5:35 pm: Pretest
5:40 pm: Presentation begins
7:00 pm: 10 minute break
7:10 pm: First Q&A Session- submit questions via chat
7:20 pm: Presentation resumes
8:15 pm: Q&A submit questions for chat
8:30 pm: Posttest, Evaluation and submit attendance codes
Behavior Analysts: 3 type II CEUs
Social Workers: 3 Clinical Hours
Certified Counselors: 3 continuing education hours, assessment
Teachers: Acquire professional development hours for watching this event. Discuss the event with your supervisor to determine if it is eligible.
For ABAC’s continuing education approvals statements please view our Continuing Education page
Amanda Boutot, Ph.D., BCBA-D is an associate professor of special education at Texas State University and the coordinator of the graduate concentration in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis. Amanda has more than 25 years of experience working with children with developmental disabilities and their families in homes, clinics, and schools. Amanda teaches courses in applied behavior analysis (ABA) and her current research is in the application of play-based ABA with infants with Down syndrome. As a consultant with schools across the country, Amanda provides training and consultation on a variety of issues including challenging behavior, program planning, data collection, and language/communication. She has also provided training internationally on play-based interventions, challenging behavior, and the PAL. Amanda developed the PAL after working with her first toddler with autism in 2004 and spent over 10 years refining and piloting it to ensure it met standards and would be of use to others. She is excited to share her work through this webinar. Amanda lives in Austin, TX with her 2 children and 3 dogs.
Presenter Disclosure Statement:
As the author of the PAL, any sales will directly benefit me and my family. However, I will not be “selling” it at the event.
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