Judah B. Axe, Ph.D., BCBA-D, VB SIG Chair Simmons College, 2015 VB S

From a conference to a virtual course – it’s time to learn with Dr. Francesca degli Espinosa

“In my humble opinion, Dr. Francesca degli Espinosa, who served as our Invited Speaker, has taken the analysis of verbal behavior forward by leaps and bounds”
Judah B. Axe, Ph.D., BCBA-D, VB SIG Chair Simmons College, 2015 VB SIG Newsletter.

About the Conference

Topic: Early Social Responding and Higher Social Cognition: A Behaviour Analysis and Sequence of Skills

The course will focus on derived procedures to establish early social responding and higher social cognition skills such as Inferential Thinking, Perspective-Taking and Problem-Solving in children with autism.

Sessions 1 and 2 will focus on early social responding which includes establishing eye contact, initiating and responding to joint attention, play skills and language skills within the context of joint activity routines. Attendees will learn how to increase social and verbal responding under the relevant social antecedents and for the purpose of contacting social reinforcement. 

Sessions 3 and 4, will focus on higher social cognition skills related to private events; including Theory of Mind, inference, perspective taking and problem solving skills. Attendees will learn how to move a child from tacting public events to private events, to predict and explain the behaviour of others, and to engage in problem solving, both academically and in daily life. 

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This course is designed for those who have or are pursuing BCBA/BCaBA/RBT certification and who have an understanding of Skinners Analysis of Verbal Behaviour. Teachers, other professionals and those whose role uses ABA to design and implement programming to decrease behaviours and increase skill acquisition of individuals with autism may benefit from this course.

12 Type 2 CEU’s are available.

Dr. Francesca degli Espinosa photoAbout Dr. Francesca

Dr. Francesca degli Espinosa, is a Behaviour Analyst and Psychologist (Ph.D., BCBA-D, CPsychol.) with more than twenty years of experience designing behavioural and educational intervention programs for children and young adults with autism.
Francesca’s main areas of expertise include teaching verbal behaviour, management of challenging behaviour, and staff and parent training.

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