Stephanie's Day Resource Fair - Saturday, June 10th

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FirstSteps invites you to join us at the 2017 Stephanie’s Day Resource Fair on Saturday, June 10th at the CBS Studios in Studio City!

A very special day for very special families, Stephanie’s Day gathers over 50 local resources to provide activities and information for families with children impacted by autism and other developmental disorders. Families in attendance of this free event will not only benefit from the plethora of resources but enjoy a full day of fun, food, and entertainment!

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Join Team FirstSteps at California State University Channel Islands

Screen Shot 2017-03-29 at 6.00.41 PMJoin Team FirstSteps at California State University Channel Islands and celebrate World Autism Awareness Day for their 6th annual Light It Up Blue 2017 event on Tuesday, April 4th from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. 

Cal State Channel Islands' Disability Resource Programs (DRP) hosts its global autism awareness event with a community resource fair from 6:00 - 7:00 pm and will feature lawn games, autism advocacy speeches, and a closing lighting ceremony until 8:00 pm. 

Free parking is available to the first 100 community guests who RSVP at

For more information, please contact Cal State Channel Islands' DRP office at 805-437-3331

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Team FirstSteps gears up for Autism Awareness Month by participating in three charities this year!

EventsTeam FirstSteps is excited to participate and fundraise in three community events this year! We are currently raising funds for: 

Autism Speaks Bay Area Walk on Saturday, April 22nd at History Park in San Jose

Autism Society of Ventura County’s Aut2Run on Sunday, April 23rd at California State University Channel Islands

Autism Speaks Los Angeles Walk on Saturday, April 29th at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena 

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FirstSteps to Cosponsor a Workshop on ACT for Behavior Analysts

ACTFirstSteps is proud to cosponsor a continuing education workshop on Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT) for Behavior Analysts with Praxis on Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 from 8:30AM-5:30PM.

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FirstSteps for Kids Regional Clinic Director and Research Director to Present in Bodo, Norway

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FirstSteps for Kids Director of Research and Regional Clinic Director, Jonathan Tarbox, PhD, BCBA-D, is presenting at a two-day workshop on September 21st and 22nd, in Bodo, Norway. The conference is for parents and professionals working with individuals with autism spectrum disorders and is being hosted by the Tromso Child Habilitation Network.

Dr. Tarbox is presenting on FirstSteps research and treatment procedures for establishing executive function skills, including memory, self-control, attention, planning, and problem-solving skills, in children with autism.

For more information on this conference, please visit this translated page

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FirstSteps for Kids Regional Clinic Director and Research Director to Present at the Washington Association for Behavior Analysis Conference

FirstSteps for Kids Research Director and Regional Clinic Director, Jonathan Tarbox, PhD, BCBA-D, is giving an invited address on FirstSteps research to a sold-out audience at the Washington Association for Behavior Analysis conference this Friday, August 12th, in Bellevue, Washington.

The title of Dr. Tarbox’s presentation is "Moving Beyond the Foundational Verbal Operants: Research on Complex Skills in Children with Autism.” The presentation describes the FirstSteps approach to doing research on complex skill acquisition and will showcase the latest results of ongoing projects, such as a program for teaching problem-solving skills to children with autism. 

Visit the conference website for more information. 

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FirstSteps for Kids Regional Clinic Director and Research Director to Present Research on Teaching Problem-Solving Skills in Seattle

This weekend, FirstSteps for Kids Regional Clinic Director and Director of Research, Jonathan Tarbox, PhD., BCBA-D, is attending the annual World Conference of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, in Seattle, Washington.

Dr. Tarbox will present results from an ongoing project on teaching children with autism problem-solving skills. The project, done in collaboration with fellow FirstSteppers Lisa Stoddard, MS, BCBA, Ashely Colis, MA, BCBA, Erica Christin, MA, BCBA, and Amanda Murry, involves teaching children with ASD the critical executive function skills involved in identifying problems, generating potential solutions, and then choosing, executing, and self-monitoring solutions. Initial results are encouraging, with children demonstrating new levels of flexibility, creativity, and independence.

For more information, please visit the conference website

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FirstSteps to Present at ABAI In Chicago


FirstSteps for Kids, Inc. is proud to present at the 42nd Annual Convention for the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) in Chicago, Illinois.  

We would love to see you at one our presentations at ABAI. Join us at any or all of the following symposia:

Sunday, May 29TH 

Using Synchronized Reinforcement Procedure to Increase Eye Contact in Infants at Risk of Developmental Disorders

Jacquelyn Mery (California State University, Northridge/FirstSteps for Kids), Martha Pelaez (Florida International University), Jonathan J. Tarbox (FirstSteps for Kids), Hayley Neimy (Shabani Institute - Center for Behavior Analysis & Language Development), Katerina Monlux (California State University, Northridge) 

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Dr. Jonathan Tarbox to Present at Arizona Autism Conference

event042716Dr. Jonathan Tarbox to Present FirstSteps Research on Executive Function and Feeding Disorders at Arizona Autism Conference

Dr. Jonathan Tarbox, Director of Research and Regional Clinic Director at FirstSteps for Kids, is giving invited presentations at the Arizona Autism United Transdisciplinary Autism Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, April 29th.

Dr. Tarbox’s presentation, “Complex Skill Acquisition for Children with Autism,” will review recent research as well as present data from ongoing FirstSteps research projects on teaching complex executive function and perspective taking skills to children with autism. The presentation will review procedures for teaching a wide variety of skills, including attention, working memory, self-management, inhibition, and problem-solving.

Dr. Tarbox’s presentation, "How to Get Your Picky Eater to Love Eating a Healthy Variety of Foods,” provides real life strategies for parents to address picky eating in their children.

For more information, visit the conference website at

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Dr. Jennifer Harris to Speak about Diverse Pathways in Education at USC

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Dr. Jennifer Harris, Executive Director of FirstSteps for Kids, will be participating on a panel discussing "Diverse Pathways in Education" at the 2015 Leadership Conference at the USC Rossier School of Education

The conference will take place on Thursday, July 23, 2015 at the USC Radisson Hotel.

Registration fee is $20 and you must register before Friday, July 10 to attend.


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