Best Practices in Autism Intervention

[Best Practices in Autism Intervention]

April 5, 2014
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Russell Sage College
Troy, New York

The Sage Colleges are pleased to present the second annual Autism conference to the local community. The theme of the 2014 conference is Autism Treatment: A Rich History and a Promising Future.


[Dr. Bridget A. Taylor]Keynote presentation by Dr. Bridget A. Taylor, co-founder and Executive Director of Alpine Learning Group and Senior Clinical Advisor for Rethink. Learn more about Dr. Taylor »

Twenty-six years ago, Ivar Lovaas published his landmark study documenting the benefits of early intensive behavioral intervention for autism. Together with a number of other seminal works, Lovaas’ publication brought about a paradigm shift in the delivery of autism services, and impacted outcomes for an inestimable number of children affected by autism. As is inevitable, the field of applied behavior analysis and autism treatment has evolved in the years since, producing a wide array of applications and procedures to enhance increasingly complex skills of individuals with autism. At core, however, the fundamental principles of behavior analysis endure. This presentation will assess the progressive arc of autism treatment, with an eye toward anticipating how the enduring fundamentals of applied behavior analysis provide not only a connection to an esteemed history, but a path forward into a promising future.

This full-day conference will present dynamic speakers from the Sage Esteves School of Education faculty, as well as other leaders in autism treatment and research. Speakers will be organized along tracks in concurrent sessions, so that a variety of topics relevant to autism at all ages and levels of ability will be presented throughout the day.

This conference will be appropriate for professionals, including psychologists, behavior analysts, teachers, related service providers, and direct care providers, as well as for parents and family members of individuals on the autism spectrum.

We anticipate an active vendor exhibitor area, and will be providing continuing education credits for Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA). We will also provide certificates to teachers for professional development hours.

The conference will be videotaped for access by graduate students who participate in The Sage Colleges' renowned Center for Applied Behavior Analysis programs, which are offered entirely online.