Part One: Challenges when your son or daughter is experiencing a difficult time

Paul Shattock provides a parent perspective on handling his son’s challenging behaviors and describe the experiences of other families who have had a difficult time dealing with these behaviors.

Part Two: Teaching Children with Autism How to Communicate Their Wants and Needs 

When children with autism engage in challenging behaviors (such as aggression, self-injury, tantrums, etc.), it is typically because they are trying to communicate some want or need, but they do not have a better way to get their needs met. If we can determine the communicative “messages” of the children’s challenging behavior and teach them to communicate the same message in a better way (a process known as Functional Communication Training [FCT]), their challenging behavior would not be necessary and would therefore be reduced. Presented by Lauren Moskowitz, PhD.

Handouts for Dr. Moskowitz’s talk are online HERE

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This is a joint presentation by ARI and The World Autism Organisation.

About the speakers:

Lauren Moskowitz

Lauren Moskowitz, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Psychology at St. John’s University and a core member of the School Psychology (Psy.D. and M.S.) programs. She earned her B.S. from Cornell University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Stony Brook University. Dr. Moskowitz completed her clinical internship at NYU Child Study Center and Bellevue Hospital and her postdoctoral fellowship at NYU Child Study Center. She is on the editorial board of the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions (JPBI), serves as a peer reviewer for many other leading journals in the field, and was Co-Chair of the Autism Spectrum and Developmental Disabilities (ASDD) SIG for the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) from 2016-2018.

Paul Shattock (B.Pharm, Dip.Ag.Vet.Pharm, OBE), a pharmacist and parent of an autistic son, was Honorary Director of the Autism Research Unit (ARU), University of Sunderland, UK now called ESPA Research. He is Chairman of ESPA (Education and Services for People with Autism) which provides teaching and residential services for young adults with autism and President-Elect of the World Autism Organisation (WAO) having previously been secretary for Autisme-Europe. His research interests include rights and models of service provision for people with autism, biomedical and environmental factors implicated in autism, and the use and abuse of medication for autism.

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