Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D. – Behaviorally – based interventions for community – based challenges
1.5 Type 2 CE Credits: Despite a rapidly growing body of knowledge regarding effective, behavioral analytic intervention with school age children with autism, adult outcome studies indicate that the majority of individuals graduate to lives of limited independence and minimal community engagement. These poor outcomes can, perhaps, best be understood as the direct result of deficits in adaptive behavior competencies. This presentation will provide a brief overview of the more relevant challenges to effective intervention in adaptive behavior and offer recommendations toward improving outcomes by focusing on the role of context and social validity when providing behaviorally based instruction with older learners.