Students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are increasingly being included in general education classrooms – because multiple learning opportunities occur in the general ed environment that cannot be replicated in segregated settings. Inclusive settings have been demonstrated to enable students with ASD to more effectively generalize and apply the skills that they have learned.
In segregated settings, however, students with ASD would benefit from evidence-based applied behavior analysis (ABA) interventions. Most general ed teachers have not received the training they need to put ABA into practice in a straightforward and easy-to-apply format.
This engaging 90-minute research-based webinar with author, professor and ABA expert Dr. Debra Leach will provide a framework for designing and implementing applied behavior analysis interventions within general ed classrooms. Although students with ASD may need specialized interventions in order to fully engage, learning basic ABA principles can help general ed teachers better work with these students.
Of course, most general ed teachers will not become experts in ABA. But they can learn how to apply ABA teaching principles to improve the success of students with ASD.
To augment the PowerPoint™ presentation and activities, each participant will receive a (PDF) resource packet of the presentation with ideas, reproducible forms, activities and other suggested resources.
Dr. Debra Leach is an Assistant Professor of Special Education at Winthrop University and is a board-certified behavior analyst who specializes in working with children with autism spectrum disorders, their families and those who serve them. She has served as a special education teacher and general education teacher at the elementary level working in inclusive settings and was the inclusion specialist at the K-8 laboratory school at Florida Atlantic University.
Debra has served as the Associate Director for the Florida Atlantic University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities. In her current position at Winthrop University, Debra teachers a variety of courses in special education. She also has received grants to provide statewide training to teachers promoting the successful inclusion of students with autism spectrum disorders.
In addition to publishing several journal articles, Debra is the author of two books, Bringing ABA into Your Inclusive Classroom: A Guide to Improving Outcomes for Students with ASD and Bringing ABA into Home, School, and Play for Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.