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Webinar - The Road Traveled: Applied Behavior Analysis & Socially Significant Change
Tuesday, September 20, 2022, 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM CST
Category: WAFCA CE Training

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The Road Traveled: Applied Behavior Analysis & Socially Significant Change
Presented by Jana Sarno, BCBA

*This event includes a 30-minute lunch break. Up to 4 CE credits will be issued to those attending this virtual opportunity. See below for details.

Workshop DescriptionThe science of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) has a long history dating back to the early 20th century. ABA uses the science of learning and principles of behavior change that leads to meaningful and durable improvements to human behavior. Hallmarks of being systematic, conceptual, technological, socially significant, among others, form the bedrock of the field. ABA is best known for the success with working with individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. Applications of ABA have resulted in profound outcomes such as increased independence, freedom from problem behavior, increased social/communication skills, and much more.

The presentation will begin with a short history of the road traveled in the science and practice of ABA. Specific attention will be provided to original works/approaches that shaped the field to what is today. While on a historical journey during the presentation, examples of ABA in practice will be incorporated to bring the concepts into sharper focus. The presentation will conclude with a summary of “today’s ABA,” with a heightened focus on outcomes for individuals with autism and those who exhibit challenging behavior. Finally, future directions, emerging research, and resources will be provided to foster ongoing learning.

Learning Objectives:
  1. To be able to provide at least three characteristics/dimensions of the science of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA),
  2. To be able to provide a definition of ABA and three examples of strategies based on ABA principles,
  3. To be able to state three features of “today’s ABA,” and
  4. To be able to summarize one example of ABA in practice.

Presenter InformationJana Sarno(she/her/hers) is a Board CertifiedBehavior Analyst (BCBA) with extensive educational, clinical, and professional development experience in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. She earned her Bachelor of Science from Western Michigan University (WMU). Following graduation from WMU, Jana attended The University of Southern Mississippi and earned her Master of Arts degree in Psychology.

During her time at USM, she worked with children enrolled in Head Start/Early Head Start, local school districts, a multi-disciplinary setting for children with communication and developmental disorders, and the USM School Psychology Clinic. Her thesis titled, “Escape-to-Attention as a Potential Variable in Maintaining Problem Behavior in the School Setting,” under the direction of Dr. Heather Sterling was published in School Psychology Review. She is currently finishing her doctoral work at The University of Southern Mississippi.

In practice, Jana completed a year-long internship at the Marcus Autism Center, a NIH Autism Center of Excellence in Atlanta, GA. While at Marcus, Jana received intensive clinical experience in the assessment and treatment of severe problem behavior, verbal behavior, and feeding disorders. Jana has held clinical leadership positions at several in-home, school, and clinic-based ABA organizations. Currently, she serves as the Chief Clinical Officer for Autism in Motion Clinics. AIM Clinics is a mission-driven organization that provides ABA-based services to historically under resourced areas. Along with her work at AIM Clinics, Jana serves as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) to various projects and regularly presents at national and international applied behavior analysis conferences.

About our Offerings:

WAFCA has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6778. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. WAFCA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. Visit the WAFCA-CE registration page for more information on fees and policies. 

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