17/05/2013 - NUI Galway Conference 11-12 June, 'Autism Spectrum Disorders: From Research to Practice'
03/05/2013 - CBA collaborating with PEAT
30/04/2013 - Katerina Dounavi awarded the prize at the Conference of the Division of Behaviour Analysis
30/04/2013 - Launch of Open Learning course 29th April
22/04/2013 - Seminar to mark the launch of the NILT 2012 Life and Times survey results
22/04/2013 - Research Showcase Event 15th March
16/04/2013 - Prof Bill Heward: Helping School aged pupils with Autism succeed in mainstream classrooms
16/04/2013 - Prof Bill Heward: Using science to improve educational outcomes for all students
18/03/2013 - Prof Dillenburger gives talk at the Kennedy Shriver Center
04/02/2013 - Prof Dillenburger appointed to the NI Autism Strategy Research Advisory Committee
31/01/2013 - New Open Learning Course - Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder
Centre for Behaviour Analysis presents STAMPPP at a workshop at the 2nd International Autism Conference entitled “Autism Spectrum Disorders: From Research to Practice", organised by The Irish Centre for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Research at NUI Galway in collaboration with Autism Speaks on the 11th and 12th of June.Over two days there will be key-note addresses as well as workshops aimed at providing practitioners, parents and researchers with the latest evidence based approaches to diagnosis, clinical management and adult service provision. Workshops are aimed to provide practical solutions for parents in the home as well as the latest health and educational approaches for health and educational practitioners.
For the Conference Programme please click here
For further Conference information and to register see the conference webpages here
Registration is €120 for professionals and €60 for parents and students. Early registration closes May 20th.
The Centre for Behaviour Analysis (CBA) is a collaborating partner with PEAT in a new grant funding from the Big Lottery under their Reaching Out Programme.
The PIPE project (Proactive Inclusion through Preventing Exclusion) will help young people who are disengaged from education or at risk of exclusion and disengagement. The project will provide support to individual young people in their home/school setting, as well as social skills groups in each of the education board areas and a virtual buddy app for young people.
Training for parents and teachers will be provided in collaboration with the CBA at Queen's University Belfast which will also be involved in research, evaluation and consultation for the project.
Self-referral from parents, teachers and other professionals will all be accepted. The project should be up and running for the new school term (Sept 2013). For more information about this project please contact PEAT directly on 02890324882 and or email Lynsay@peatni.org
Katerina Dounavi (Centre for Behaviour Analysis, School of Education, QUB) was awarded the prize for the best poster in the 7th Annual Conference of the Division of Behaviour Analysis (The Psychological Society of Ireland) held on the 26th and 27th of April 2013 in Galway, Ireland. The poster entitled “Using progressive time-delay to teach tacts to an adult diagnosed with post-stroke aphasia” presented an evidence-based procedure derived from the science of Behaviour Analysis to teach to an adult diagnosed with global aphasia to name pictures. The picture to the right is of Katerina Dounavi receiving the prize for the best poster by Dr Patrick Friman.
This course, facilitated by Nichola Booth (BCBA, PEAT), was launched today and will take place on Monday evenings for 5 weeks.
In the Research Showcase Event held by the School of Education on the 15th of March 2013 and attended by more than 80 delegates, the Centre for Behaviour Analysis presented its research interests and current research projects related to Pedagogy and Inclusion across the lifespan and offered examples of their impact on the improvement of life of individuals.
Prof Bill Heward presented a full day workshop about evidence-based strategies derived from the science of Applied Behaviour Analysis that can enhance learning in mainstream inclusive classrooms for all students including those with Autism Approx 60 delegates attended this workshop and provided extremely positive evaluations: "Amazing day........ anyone who missed this workshop has certainly lost out on such such an inspirational insight into ABA... thanks for the opportunity to meet Bill."
Delegate feedback: 'I’d like to say how much I enjoyed the seminar on Saturday. I am not a professional in the field, just a parent of a child with Aspergers and I found it very uplifting and informative.'
To celebrate World Autism Awareness Day 2013, Prof Bill Heward gave the Invited School talk on effective and evidence-based strategies that help increase academic performance, decrease disruptive behaviours, and facilitate the overall inclusion process of students with Autism in the mainstream classroom.
On Monday, March 18 from 12:00 – 1:30 Karola Dillenburger, PhD, Professor of Behaviour Analysis and Education, Queen's University Belfast will present a talk entitled, “Autism Spectrum Disorder: A European Perspective.” Prof. Dillenburger is also the Director of the Centre for Behaviour Analysis at QUB.
In the USA, behaviour analysis is generally embraced as the key to effective educational and health practice in ASD. Recent advances in information technology (principally, the exaltation of touch screen activated devices) are 1- utilized in behaviour analytic ASD programs and 2- enhanced with behavioural technology, especially in the development of Apps for Autism. Dr. Dillenburger will first outline the prevailing European perspective on ASD interventions and then present SIMPLE STEPS, an innovative multimedia training resource for parents and professionals.
Note: This talk is approved for 1 CEU for BCBA’s.
Lunch will be provided.
Please contact Ellen Isley at 781-642-0124 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend either talk or need additional information. The talks are open to the public.
For Flyer please click here.
As a result of the Autism Act (NI) 2011, the DHSSPS is leading on the development of a cross-departmental Autism Strategy and Action Plan for N.Ireland. A multi-agency Autism Strategy Project Board was established to direct and manage the development of the Plan which was launched for public consultation at the end of November 2012, with a closing date of Mid-March 2013. In parallel with this work, the Minister for Health Social Services and Public Safety established a Research Committee. Prof Dillenburger said of her appointment, ‘I am honoured and delighted to represent QUB on the Northern Ireland Autism Strategy Research Advisory Committee and to be able to contribute to ensuring that services and education for individuals with ASD are firmly based on research evidence’.
These helping strategies will be taught in a practical interactive way, using multimedia training resources, so that participants can utilise them at home or work settings.
This course will be taught by Nichola Booth (PEAT) in Collaboration with Centre for Behaviour Analysis. This course carries 5CATS points at Level 1. For more information visit our Open Learning pages.