Behavioral Treatment of Autistic Children: Ivar Lovaas (1988) In Historical Perspective
This exclusive interview is a free 60 minute presentation that does not earn CE credit.
Dr. Teodoro Ayllon is one of the original scientists to apply operant conditioning techniques to human subjects, specifically in the psychiatric hospital. Over the years, he applied the science to prison systems, schools, private organizations, and state and federal agencies. He published over 80 scientific articles and 4 books covering the lifespan. Dr. Ayllon is a licensed psychologist in Georgia, where he continues to serve in private practice. Dr. Ayllon is also a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and is a professor emeritus of psychology at Georgia State University. Join Dr. Hank S. Pennypacker in a journey with Dr. Ayllon to hear his story of his early beginnings and influences, as well as Dr. Ayllon’s vision for behaviorism in the 21st century.
3.5 BACB Level II CE Credits
About the presentation:
The heart of this continuing education (CE/CEU) module is the film “Behavioral Treatment of Autistic Children: Ivar Lovaas,” produced by Ed Anderson (and sold separately through the CCBS Store). This 1988 film is put into historical perspective by a couple of “bookend” papers: Gina Green (2002) traces the lineage of behavior-based approaches to autism treatment, including how Lovaas fits in; and Steve Luce (2006) discusses what has changed in our diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorders, and how our treatment methodologies have evolved as various studies have examined the factors that were responsible for the successful outcomes in the Lovaas (1987) study.
- After successful completion of this course, participants will be able to identify a number of behavioral excesses associated with autism.
- After successful completion of this course, participants will be able to identify a number of characteristics of the ABA approach to autism present in the early work as well as the typical ABA intervention today.
- After successful completion of this course, participants will be able to identify some of the early criticisms associated with Dr. Lovaas and his use of mild punishment.