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ABACLive Webinar with Martha Pelaez, PhD

June 30 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Presented through the ABACLive Cambridge Center Series. Helping those who help others, one live webinar at a time.

Dr. Martha Pelaez presents “Infant Social Learning: Behavior-Analytic Interventions”

Wednesday, June 30, 2021
12:00 noon – 2:00 pm (Eastern/NY)

This event is FREE for the general public.* Or available for the discounted price of $50 with 2 BACB® Learning CEUs.

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During this 2-hour event Dr. Pelaez will: First, provide experimental illustrations of how operant conditioning methodologies and social reinforcement are essential to furthering our understanding of infant social learning phenomena; Second, offer procedures and interventions that have advanced our research with infants “at-risk” of autism and other developmental challenges; and Third, discuss alternative research tactics that can be quick and effective to applied behavior analysts conducting interventions with infants. It is the hope of the presenter that these procedures will be use more widely and more frequently in designing basic experimental research and in applied interventions.

Target Audience: Professionals for whom the topic is within their scope of practice. We welcome students and others who are also interested in the topic to join us.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this event, participants should be able to:

  • Identify several of the infant learning phenomena/areas that Dr. Pelaez and colleagues have investigated.
  • Identify several behavioral markers of infants “at risk” (e.g., eye gaze away) and their typical interactive behavior with caregivers.
  • Identify several interventions that use reinforcement contingencies provided by caregivers (e.g., using touch) to effectively establish early infant vocal and social responses.
  • Identify/List several of the infant operant responses trained in the studies presented (target behaviors) (e.g., eye-contact responses)

Presenter Bio:

Martha Pelaez is a Frost Professor, College of Education, at FIU. Her PhD is in Developmental Psychology. Dr. Pelaez teaches courses in Educational Psychology, Child Development, Research & Evaluation: Single Subject Designs, and directs infant and early childhood research. She supervises doctoral students. Dr. Pelaez’s research has been supported by NIH to investigate mother-infant interactions and early social–learning processes, as well design applied interventions with children at risk of developmental delays, depression, and early autism. Her theoretical developmental contributions include a taxonomy of rule-governed behavior and a dynamical systems approach to child development (with Gary Novak, 2004, in press). She has conducted basic-experimental research on derived-relational responding and intelligence (with D. O’Hora & D. Barnes-Holmes, 2005, 2008); infant learning of joint attention and social referencing (Pelaez & Monlux, 2020); maternal depression and the effects of touch on infant behavior (with T. Field, 1996–). Dr. Pelaez has published more than 100 articles in refereed journals (including the American Psychologist; Child Development; Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis; Behavior Analysis in Practice; Perspectives on Behavior Science), dozens of chapters and monographs, and a textbook on Child Development (with G. Novak).

*This event is FREE for the general public. For those that want a certificate of completion for continuing education credits please purchase the discounted CEs. This event is being offered at the discounted ABACLive Cambridge Center Series price for CEUs (Learning). (Register on ABAC website) Behavior Analysts may earn continuing education for viewing the live event or recording.Behavior Analysts: 2 CEUs (Learning) and Psychology CE Credits (Visit ABAC website for complete information.)

The ABACLive Cambridge Center Series of webinars are presented by Board of Directors, Trustees, Advisors, Senior Fellows of the prestigious Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies.

The ABACLive Cambridge Center Series is the result of a collaboration between The Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies (CCBS) and The Applied Behavior Analysis Center, Inc (ABAC) designed to make behavioral health education accessible to the global community of professionals working to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

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