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FirstSteps Directors Honored to Guest Lecture at Local Schools

November proved to be a very busy month for Team FirstSteps! Our Directors were invited to present guest lectures at local elementary schools and universities. The topics were broad, as were the audiences, including Program Director Laurie Mauch's presentation about classroom behavior management to teachers at American Martyrs school on November 2, and Clinical Director Lisa Stoddard's guest lecture to an undergraduate class on November 6, 2007.

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FirstSteps Attends Annual Convention for ABA International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International their annual convention over Memorial Day weekend was held at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego. The convention provided a forum for the discussion and dissemination of behavior analytic theory and research. Several members of the FirstSteps team presented, including Dr. Jennifer Harris, who discussed "executive functioning" in autism, Lisa Stoddard, who presented her work on teaching pretend play skills to children with autism, and Instructors Courtney Lanagan and Jaime-Lyn Gaudet, who presented their work on the use of tactile prompts to promote social initiations in children with autism.

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FirstSteps Walk Now Team of 60 Raised $15,000 for Autism Speaks!

Team FirstSteps participated in Cure Autism Now's annual WALK NOW fundraising event. The event was held at the Rose Bowl on Saturday, April 28th, 2007, and was another fun-filled, successful outing for Team FirstSteps! We are very proud to announce that our team of almost 60 walkers raised over $15,000 to support finding a cure for autism!

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LA FEAT Welcomed FirstSteps Directors to Present

FirstSteps Directors Jennifer Harris and Lisa Stoddard presented a talk on issues related to parent training on March 12th, 2007 at the Los Angeles Families for Effective Autism Treatment in Manhattan Beach, CA. It was an informative and fun night for all!

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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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