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Tuesday 23 Jan 2018

Making inclusion work for students with ASD

Tristram Smith

Article by Abby Twyman, M.Ed., BCBA

Memorial day weekend for most people around the country means long weekends with family and barbeques, but for behavior analysts it means its time for the annual ABAI conference. During this time, behavior analysts from around the world get together to talk about current research and where we are going from here.

During the conference I got an opportunity to hear Dr. Tristram Smith (pictured above) talk about the evolution of research on interventions for individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Smith is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), where he leads federally funded studies comparing the efficacy of different interventions for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). His talk centered on the fact that there is a lot of single-subject designed studies which have shown the efficacy of specific procedures, but research is now moving into the development of manuals for programs and large-group testing of those programs which is important for the continued development of research in this field.

His latest book, which was published in 2011, titled “Making Inclusion Work for Students with ASD” would make an excellent addition to the libraries of teachers around the world. It covers a range of topics including evidence-based interventions, how to evaluate students, how to make a plan for data collection, training for team members, individualizing the general education curriculum, addressing problem behavior and systems change needed to sustain an inclusive model.

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