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12th Annual Conference on Autism & Related Disorders: Research-Based Solutions

April 26, 2019

12th Annual West Coast Conference on Autism & Related Disorders

A one-day conference featuring leading experts in fields of Science, Special Education, and Autism Spectrum Disorders.

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Of Benefit to: Behavior Analysts, Psychologists, Parents & Caregivers, Teachers, School Administrators, Special Education Providers, Speech Therapists, Nurses, LMFTs and LMHCs.

Registration Fees (Subject to change)
Registration Type
Early Registration Ends 4/20/19*
Onsite & After 4/20/19
Professional Group (5 or more)

Continuing Education credits/units desired: $40 for Each Certificate requested.

Groups: For groups of 15 or more registering, we will offer a discount from early registration fees. All groups need to complete a Group Registration Form.  Contact Rebekah Pavlik through pavlik@behavior.org or (978) 369-2227 Ext. 2. The Center will need all registration information prior to March 31, 2019.


Mary Jane Weiss, PhD, BCBA-D - Using the Science of Behavior to Teach Compassionate Skills for Working with Families

Using the Science of Behavior to Teach Compassionate Skills for Working with Families  

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Meeting the needs of learners with Autism Spectrum Disorder requires a comprehensive approach that integrates the needs of all family members. Autism impacts families substantially, and service providers must prioritize the family’s needs as well as those of the individual with ASD. Barriers to effective treatment include inadequate understanding of family impact, selecting interventions that the family will not succeed in implementing, and conveying judgement in the context of treatment. In this talk, we will review familial impact of autism, discuss the gaps in treatment/service delivery, and focus on enhancing outcomes by increasing compassionate care. Operational definitions of compassionate skills will be offered, along with suggestions for teaching and training such skills to service providers.

  1. Attendees will describe the impact of having a special needs child in the family
  2. Attendees will list the main skills involved in providing compassionate care to families of learners with ASD and other special needs
  3. Attendees will be introduced to strategies for teaching compassionate care skills to trainees and supervisees.
Presenter Bio:

Mary Jane Weiss, PhD, BCBA-D is a Professor at Endicott College, where she directs the Master’s Program in ABA and Autism. Dr. Weiss has worked in the field of ABA and Autism for almost 30 years. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers University in 1990 and she became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2000. She previously worked for 16 years at the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center at Rutgers University, where she served as Director of Research and Training and as Clinical Director. Her clinical and research interests center on defining best practice ABA techniques, evaluating the impact of ABA in learners with autism, teaching social skills to learners with autism, training staff to be optimally effective at instruction, and maximizing family members’ expertise and adaptation.


Thomas Zane, PhD, BCBA-D - Selling Hype or Giving Hope: Science and Pseudoscience in Autism

Selling Hype or Giving Hope: Science and Pseudoscience in Autism 

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Autism treatment has long been known as a ‘fad magnet’ that attracts well-vetted empirically-based effective treatments, but unfortunately, also attracts ill-advised, ineffective, and unethical treatments. Parents and caregivers seek effective ways of teaching skills, maximizing independence, and improving the quality of life for individuals with autism. They assume those professionals who have degrees, certifications, and visibility in the field know what they are doing, and believe the hype and marketing that service providers disseminate about the methods they use. The proponents of all autism treatments assert that their treatments will work. They want parents and caregivers to be hopeful that their particular treatments will meet the goals and desires of those seeking treatment. However, the fact is that some treatment providers can only provide the hype without also delivering the effective outcomes of their therapy. Hype is freely given. Real hope, gleaned from evidenced-based strategies that produce objectively-measured positive outcomes, is harder to come by.


At the conclusion of this talk, the audience will be able to:

  1. Define science and pseudoscience;
  2. Describe the differences between the two and give examples of each;
  3. Describe criteria for evaluating treatments so that science-based treatments are selected and treatments based on pseudoscience will be rejected;
Presenter Bio:

Dr. Thomas Zane is the Director of Online Behavior Analysis programs in the Department of Applied Behavioral Science at the University of Kansas. Dr. Zane earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in psychology at Western Michigan University and his doctorate in Applied Behavior Analysis at West Virginia University. He has served as a Post-Doctorate Research Associate at the University of Massachusetts, Professor at Mount Holyoke College, and Johns Hopkins University Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Zane serves on the Executive Board of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, the international organization that represents the field of behavior analysis. He is also a member of the Scientific Council of the Organization of Autism Research, a group that raises money to fund innovative research in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Zane has been past President of the Ethics Special Interest Group of the International Association for Behavior Analysis. His research interests include teacher training, learning, evidenced-based practice in autism, and the philosophy of science and radical behaviorism.

Justin Leaf, PhD, BCBA-D - Developing and Implementing Successful Behaviorally Based Social Skills for Individuals Diagnosed with Autism

Developing and Implementing Successful Behaviorally Based Social Skills for Individuals Diagnosed with Autism

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Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is characterized by deficits in social behavior, including, but not limited to, social communication, interaction, and reciprocity. To address these deficits, there are a myriad of social skills interventions available to the behavior analyst. One of these interventions are behaviorally based social skills groups. Behaviorally based social skills are opportunities for three or more children to come together and learn a variety of social behaviors through behavioral intervention. In this talk the presenter will describe various aspects of behaviorally based social skills groups including curriculum, teaching procedures, staff, and staff training. Additionally, the presenter will go over the research on behaviorally based social skills groups for individuals diagnosed with ASD.


At the conclusion of the workshop, the participants will be able to:

  1. identify and describe five characteristics of quality staff.
  2. identify and describe at least two commonly used social skills interventions for individuals diagnosed with ASD that can be implemented in a social skills group.
  3. describe three different social curricula and how to teach that curricula using behavioral intervention.
Presenter Bio:

Justin Leaf, Ph.D., is the Director of Research and Training for Autism Partnership Foundation. Justin received his doctorate degree in Behavioral Psychology from the Department of Applied Behavioral Science at the University of Kansas. Currently, Justin leads the research team at Autism Partnership Foundation, which conducts research nationally and internationally. His research interests include examining methods to improve social behaviors for children and adolescents with autism and developing friendships, comparing different teaching methodologies, evaluating parameters of reinforcement, and evaluating long term outcomes for individuals diagnosed with autism. Justin has over 75 publications in either peer reviewed journals, books, or book chapters and has presented at both national and international professional conferences and invited events. Justin also recently edited a book entitled Handbook of Social Skills and Autism Spectrum Disorder: Assessment, Curricula, and Intervention. Justin is an Associate Editor for Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Justin also serves or has served on the editorial board for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, and the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.


Amanda P. Laprime, PhD, BCBA-D - Dancing with Your Data: Novel Approaches to Data Collection and Analysis to Drive Meaningful Clinical Decisions

Dancing with Your Data: Novel Approaches to Data Collection and Analysis to Drive Meaningful Clinical Decisions

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Latency has received a high level of interest in the behavior analytic community as a measure which may provide deeper information around idiosyncratic variables related to operant behavior. A number of research studies have demonstrated that latency measures may be comparable to response rate as a measure, and also be predictive of other factors of interest when conducting functional analyses (FA), identifying response classes, and during skill acquisition instruction (Call, Pabico, & Lomas, 2009; Thomason-Sassi, Iwata, Neidert, & Roscoe, 2011). In the current paper, the author will show how the use of latency may contribute to behavior analytic practice during assessment and intervention, and provide a model for when and how to utilize latency in each of these capacities to drive clinical decision-making. 

  1. Attendees will define latency and describe the types of ways latency can be used in clinical practice
  2. Attendees will compare and contrast data analysis outcomes when using latency versus other measures (e.g., frequency, trial-by-trial, duration)
  3. Attendees will discuss the ways in which latency measures can impact an understanding of responses classes of behavior, changes in motivation during instruction, and elements of stimulus control
  4. Attendees will identify idiosyncratic variables in data patterns when latency measures are used and discuss how the analysis of those variables contribute to clinical decision making
Presenter Bio:

Dr. Amanda Laprime currently serves as the Assistant to the Executive Director of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies™. She was nominated for this position by the Board of Directors after becoming a member of the first Exceptional Student Group, and then an Advisor to the center. Amanda has completed a variety of projects for the center that have included an overview of the history of CCBS, a history presentation at the 2014 Annual Meeting, and the development of CE’s for the CCBS book, Behavioral Science: Tales of Inspiration, Discovery, and Science. Amanda completed her master’s degree at Northeastern University under the guidance of Dr. Gary Pace, and her doctorate at Simmons University (previously Simmons College) under the guidance of Dr. Ron Allen, Dr. Judah Axe, and Dr. Russell Maguire. Amanda currently works as a Program Director at the Center for Children with Special Needs in Glastonbury, CT where she provides leadership to the CCSN Consultation Team and supports program development in educational programs for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disabilities.  In addition to her work with the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies™, Amanda has published research in peer-reviewed journals, presented at local and national conferences, and currently serves as a part-time lecturer for Northeastern University, an adjunct faculty at the University of Saint Joseph, and a member of the board of directors for the Verbal Behavior Special Interest Group and the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy (BABAT).

Richard Kubina, Jr., PhD, BCBA-D - Do Ethics Apply to Visual Analysis?

Do Ethics Apply to Visual Analysis?

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Behavior analysis has a rich history of visual analysis. The founder of contemporary behavior analysis, B. F. Skinner, wrote “We make important aspects of behavior visible. Once this has happened, our scientific practice is reduced to simple looking.” Skinner discovered the very principles of behavior through visual analysis. Skinner and his colleagues would go to continue to uncover vital aspects of behavior that serve as the foundation for the science of behavior. When behavior analysis moves from the laboratory to applied settings, Skinner’s beloved cumulative recorder did not make the journey. Behavior analysts instead adopted a nonstandard linear graph to monitor, analyze, interpret, and communicate experimental and applied data. However, research demonstrates several thorny issues with the construction and analysis of data from nonstandard linear graphs. The research reveals problems including rampant violations of line graph construction rules, low levels of reliability detecting effects, misjudgments of effects based on scale manipulations, and erratic functional relation determinations based on axis size proportions. Do behavior analysts have a moral obligation to use a visual display that works in the best interest of their clients? The following presentation offers data and invites participants to reflect on the importance of graphical design features, analytical effectiveness, and options for visually displaying data.

  1. Participants will state how rescaled data affects the interpretation of visually displayed data.
  2. Participants will compare the difference between standard and nonstandard graphical displays of data.
  3. Participants will state the link between visual displays of data and visual analysis.
Presenter Bio:

Dr. Richard (Rick) Kubina is a Professor of special education at The Pennsylvania State University and co-founder of Chartlytics. Chartlytics merged with CentralReach where Kubina also serves as the director of research. Kubina has published multiple research articles, books, and book chapters on evidence-based education and measurement of student progress. He was the past Editor of the Journal of Precision Teaching & Celeration. Kubina works with school districts, health care professionals, and coaches and athletes using Precision Teaching, effective practice methods, and other measurably superior educational programs.

Tim Courtney, MS, BCBA - Looking Through a Different Lens: Educational and Medical Models of Intervention for Individuals with Autism

Looking Through a Different Lens: Educational and Medical Models of Intervention for Individuals with Autism

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Individuals with autism often present with complex needs. These needs may impair the individual’s ability to access multiple settings. Interventions to address these impairments are often both medically and educationally necessary. Due to the comprehensive nature of intervention, this also provides a unique opportunity for clinical and educational experts to coordinate. In this presentation, I will review the definition of educational and medical necessity. We will also explore opportunities for collaboration. We will also explore potential barriers and brainstorm strategies. The presentation also includes stories highlighting situations in which both clinical and educational teams have coordinated to achieve significant outcomes.


  1. Attendees will distinguish between educational and medical necessity
  2. Attendees will identify opportunities and strategies for coordination of educational and medical intervention
  3. Attendees will analyze potential barriers to coordination and determine potential interventions

Presenter Bio:

Tim Courtney is foremost a behavior analyst who is passionate about the science of human behavior. His journey began with a chance meeting with a friend who explained her career as a behavior analyst. Tim was instantly intrigued, as this role was well aligned with his value for effective intervention. Highly motivated, he then quickly completed the coursework requirements to get his Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® (BCaBA®) certification. Shortly thereafter, Tim enrolled in the Master of Applied Behavior Analysis program at Florida Institute of Technology. He had the amazing opportunity to work in several diverse settings: public schools, residential programs, center-based programs, and in private and group homes. Tim loved doing clinical work, and he found his calling when he shifted to operations and the system-wide performance of LittleStar. As a result, Tim’s research focus became the practice of behavior analysis — such as how to work with insurance companies — as well as management, supervision and leadership. Right now he’s working on his PhD in Leadership at Benedictine University. When Tim is not working or engaged in work-related reading, he is active in CrossFit and Brazilian jiu-jitsu and enjoys spending time with his wife, three children, grandson and two wonderful labradoodles.

Continuing Education Opportunities

Psychology (Includes Licensed psychologists, school psychologists, and EdDs/educational psychologists) and BACB® CEs.

An additional $40 fee is required for continuing education.

APA Approved Sponsor

APA Approved Sponsor

PSYCHE CE Credits (6.0): Orlando Behavior Health Services, LLC is a co-sponsor of this conference for Continuing Education Credits for Psychologists. Orlando Behavior Health Services, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Orlando Behavior Health Services, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content. *Attendees must be present during the entire conference.

BACB® Type II CEs (6.0): The Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies is an approved Type 2 CE Provider by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB®) and is authorized to offer 6.0 CE units for this conference.

*It is attendee’s responsibility to check with their State and Professional organization to confirm all CE offerings.

Continuing Education Opportunities & Requirements

Lunch on CoastHills Credit Union!

Coast Hills Credit Union

Your lunch is included thanks to our friends & supporters at CoastHills Credit Union! 

With a little help from (y)our friends

The CoastHills Community Foundation was formed in 2005 as a 501(c)(3) guided by a board of internal and external volunteers to provide funding and support of our community outreach initiatives. Since 2011, members new to CoastHills have contributed a one-time $5 membership fee to support the reach of the Community Action Sponsorships, making the program a true neighbors-helping-neighbors initiative.


Santa Ynez Valley Marriott Hotel
555 McMurray Road
Buellton, CA 93427
Phone 888-236-2427

The hotel is SOLD OUT for rooms but there are other choices nearby if you’re planning to stay for the weekend.

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Presented by

Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies™ in cooperation with Holdsambeck Behavioral Health.

Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies

Holdsambeck Behavioral Health

We are most appreciative to CoastHills Credit Union for sponsoring the Conference and buying our lunch!

Coast Hills Credit Union


Thanks to our Gold Sponsor CentralReach –  Innovative Practice Management & EHR Technology – Trusted by over 50,000 Therapists and Administrators

Special thanks to Orlando Behavior Health Services, LLC and the University of West Florida, Office of Applied Behavior Analysis for expanding our continuing education offerings.

Orlando Behavior Health Services, LLC

University of West Florida Center for Behavior Analysis


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April 26, 2019


Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies
Orlando Behavior Health Services, LLC
University of West Florida, Office of Applied Behavior Analysis


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