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FirstSteps Team Presents at CalABA's 26th West Regional Conference

The 26th Annual Regional Conference of California Association for Behavior Analysis, held in Garden Grove February 21st - 23rd, was an exciting event for the FirstSteps team. Notably, two of our Instructors took the initiative to examine the effects of innovative interventions. First, Lead Instructor Courtney Lanagan sought to extend previous research on the use of tactile prompts (a small vibrating pager) to help children with autism initiate social interaction with peers. In her study, Courtney successfully used a pager prompt and reinforcement to increase a child's responsivity to comments and questions made by peers in the school setting.

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Clinical Director Lisa Stoddard Presents at CalABA Conference

The 25th Annual Western Regional Conference of California Association for Behavior Analysis, held in the San Francisco area February 7th -9th. Lisa Stoddard prepared a presentation for the conference, regarding the promotion of varied pretend play repertoires in children with autism. Pam Mock and Lynn Gallo presented a poster analyzing the influence of verbal imitation on spontaneous manding in autistic children.

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FirstSteps Directors Present at 32nd Annual ABA Convention

The 32nd Annual Association for Behavior Analysis Convention was held in Atlanta, Georgia May 26th-30th. Directors Jennifer Harris, Lisa Brownfield, and Rosi deDomenico, as well as Clinical Supervisor Laurie Mauch, presented at the conference of 4,000 attendees from around the world, made up of professors, researchers, students, parents, and teachers in the field of behavior analysis.

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FirstSteps Directors Share at CalABA Conference

FirstSteps Directors seized the opportunity to attend the 24th Annual Western Regional Conference of the California Association for Behavior Analysis, held in the San Francisco area February 16th -18th. Dr. Jennifer Harris and Lisa Stoddard prepared two presentations for the conference, discussing both the concept of a "theory of mind," and the parents' role in a child's therapy. Rosi deDomenico's poster presentation analyzed the teaching strategies currently implemented for children with Autism and explored other strategies not yet in place.

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LA FEAT Welcomed FirstSteps Directors to Present

FirstSteps Directors Jennifer Harris and Lisa Brownfield presented at LA FEAT.

Harris, J., and Brownfield, L. (2005, October). On the road to positive outcomes: Leave early, stay on course, and use a great map. Invited address presented at the Los Angeles Families for Effective Autism Treatment, Manhattan Beach, CA.

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