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>Very Early Intervention with Infants and Toddlers at Risk of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

3 March 2017

‌Presenter: Amy Tanner, BCBA, PhD student at Queen’s University

photograph of PhD student Amy Tanner

The following videos were taken during the MSc Applied Behaviour Analysis Spring term workshops.

Amy Tanner Workshop Part 1

Amy Tanner Workshop Part 2

4th CBA/QUART Conference (2015)

Pro-Vice Chancellor of QUB Prof David Jones: Introduction to 4th CBA Conference on Multidisciplinary work in autism: How can behaviour analysis help?

Prof. Dr. Hanns-Rüdiger Röttgers Psychiatrist (University of Applied Science, Münster, Germany)

The role of psychiatrists in therapeutic interventions for autism is not clear. Only a minority of psychiatrists have autism specific expertise.  ASD are mostly covered as a diagnostic issue and behaviour analysis is rarely to be found as part of the curriculum of medical schools. Furthermore, the psychoanalytical and psychodynamic concepts are still quite popular among psychiatrists but cannot be successfully applied to ASD. Ideally, psychiatrists should cooperate closely with Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA). Video

Dr Javier Virues-Ortega Clinical Psychologist, BCBA-D (Auckland University, New Zealand)

Professional behaviour analysts use evidence-based teaching and training methods to promote the acquisition of socially important skills and reduce the occurrence of maladaptive and challenging behaviours in a range of clinical and non-clinical populations. The work of behaviour analysts is data-based, goal-oriented, scientifically-guided, individualized, and focused on maximizing the individual’s potential in everyday environment. Javier discusses his own background as a clinical psychologist and behaviour analyst. The presenter will compare the general approach to assessment and treatment in the fields of clinical psychology and behaviour analysis. Video

Bethan Mair Williams Speech and Language Therapist, BCBA

There is increasing pressure on S/LTs to use evidence based practice, both by their professional body and by the HCPC as specified in their proficiency standards. However there has been little appreciable change since The Cochrane Review concluded that there was an insufficient evidence base for most speech and language therapy interventions used with children with language delays and/or disorders.

In this presentation I will describe how my own training as a behaviour analyst and role as an honorary research fellow at Bangor University has enabled me to practice evidence-based speech and language therapy, with examples from my own practice. I will also examine the impact made by the small number of other international speech and language therapists who are also behaviour analysts.

Finally I will consider how the skills and knowledge of speech and language therapists in turn can greatly enhance the effectiveness of the work of behaviour analysts, and outline my vision for seamless collaborative practice. Video

Pat McCormack, School principal/parent of child with autism

This presentation examines the position of ABA within the Irish education system over the past 17 years. It draws on the presenter’s experiences as the parent of a child with ASD working to access appropriate supports and his experience as a school principal working to support students with ASD within the mainstream school system. Preliminary findings from the presenter’s doctoral research examine the experiences of teachers and principals catering for students with ASD through the ‘ASD unit’ model. Finally the presentation suggests how behaviour analysis might enhance the impact of a multi-disciplinary approach to working with students with ASD. Video

Liam McDermot. Nurse. Western Health and Social care Trust, Northern Ireland

This talk centres on Liam’s experiences of using the principles of behaviour analysis in his role as a mental health nurse and behaviour analyst leading a Challenging Behaviour team in the Western Health and Social Care Trust, how learning about behaviour analysis has changed, influenced, and enhanced his practice and the difficulties encountered in applying the science in real world settings. Video

Dr Angelika Anderson, Senior Lecturer at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia on 'Adults with Autism: Employment skills training.'

For more information and to view video click here

DOCTRID Conference – hosted by the Centre for Behaviour Analysis on the 27th and 28th April, 2015

The 4th International DOCTRID conference took place at Queen’s University Belfast on April 27th and 28th. The aim of the conference was to create a better understanding between researchers, caregivers, healthcare providers and people with ID and ASD to bring practical changes to people's lives, in particular through the use of Assistive Technology.  To view videos click here

Science of Teaching

SCIENCE OF TEACHING offers a comprehensive guide for teachers, educators, and anyone else interested in human behaviour on how learning occurs at a biological and environmental level. What shapes our behaviour? How do our behaviours become reinforced? What are some useful techniques to help shape human behaviour towards acquiring new skills and behaviours? How do we measure human behaviour and what is the science behind teaching and learning? These are all questions which are addressed within this film. The film covers many sections ranging from the biological basis of learning, tools for educators, precision teaching and technology in the classroom. (Featuring Prof Karola Dillenburger, Director of Centre for Behaviour Analysis, QUB)

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Lynnae Ruttledge: Employment of Adults with Disabilities.

Lynnae serves as a President Obama appointee to the National Council on Disability, that advises the President, Congress and other federal agencies on disability policy. She serves as a disability policy advisor to DOCTRID (Daughters of Charity, Technology  Research into Disability) and Michigan State University. In 2013, Lynnae also served as a Presidential appointee to the fifteen member US Senate Commission on Long Term Care. She is past Commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration with the US  Department of Education (2010 - 2012). 

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Eli Allan's Experience with ABA

Eli Allen, 20 year old, talking about his autism, his experience with early ABA based interventions and his therapist, Dr Bobby Newman BCBA-D (

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Autism in The Air

In collaboration with The Centre for Behaviour Analysis/Queen's University Belfast, George Best Belfast City Airport, Aer Lingus, and PEAET, we are helping children with autism go on holidays.  Going on an airplane can be a difficult and scary time for children with autism. Families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), like anyone else, would like to go on holidays, but often don’t because their child cannot tolerate airports or airplanes. Given that recent estimates show a prevalence of ASD in 1:50 children, not only do the families miss out, airports and the holiday industry in general miss out too.

A video and booklet to help families prepare for going to the airport, on the plane, and generally have a positive experience of the airport, has been produced and are available for download. Click the links below to access the videos:

 Arriving at the Airport

 Going through security

 The Departure Lounge

 On the Plane

Prof Neville Blampied (University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand)  "Chief nourisher in life’s feast – A behavioural view of sleep through the lifespan"

In this talk Prof Blampied outlines the importance of sleep and how chronic settling difficulties and nightwaking is common in infancy, sleep disruptions can occur in childhood and especially adolescence, and insomnia is a major issue for adults. Beginning with the work of Bootzin and his Stimulus Control Theory of Adult Insomnia, a behavioural perspective has contributed in important but under-appreciated ways to understanding and treating sleep disturbances across the lifespan. 

Listen to Part 1 here   At the end of Part 1 Prof Neville showed the first half of a brief youtube video,  click here to watch
Listen to Part 2 here   At the end of Part 2 Prof Neville showed the second half of a brief youtube video click here to watch
Listen to Part 3 here 

Professsor Karola Dillenburger, Inaugural Lecture: Behavioural Insights into Autism: Lost in Translation?

In this talk Prof Dillenburger outlines the international behavioural insights that have lead to the endorsement of ABA-based interventions in North America and asks the question why such endorsement has not yet permeated in Europe. She argues that new ideas are first ridiculed, then opposed and finally accepted as self-evident. She uses this process to present arguments for each of these phases. For the video please click here

3rd QUART Conference (2013): 

Video Links for introductory speakers:

PROF JAMES MCELNAY (Vice Chancellor (acting) of Queen's University Belfast) Welcome to QUB for 3rd QUART conference, click here for high quality, click here for low quality
MINISTER EDWIN POOTS (Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety) Opening address for 3rd QUART conference, click here for high quality, click here for low quality

Video Links for Keynote speakers:

Vice President for State Government Affairs, Autism Speaks keynote address at 3rd QUART conference (20 Sept 2013) 'Let me hear YOUR voice: Autism and Politics.  Lorri Unumb is a lawyer and the mother of three children, the oldest of whom has autism. In 2005, while working as a law professor, she wrote autism insurance legislation for South Carolina ("Ryan's Law") that passed in 2007 and served as a catalyst for the national movement toward autism insurance reform. In 2008, Unumb became employed by the New York-based non-profit Autism Speaks, where she advocates full-time on behalf of individuals with autism. As head of state government affairs, she has testified 80+ times on health insurance issues in state legislatures around the country.  Her keynote address focus: Since 2007, more than 34 states have enacted legislation requiring coverage for autism spectrum disorders, including benefits for Applied Behavior Analysis. In this session, we will explore how targeted advocacy and the use of evidence led to legal endorsement of ABA in the USA.  For Lorri Unumb video click here for high quality, click here for low quality    Autism Speaks blog here

STAMPPP 11 Partners: Science and the Treatment of Autism: Launch and Presentation
Speakers: Keenan, M., Byrne, T., Martin., N., Jonsdottir, S.L., Schenk, J., Roll-Pettersson, L., Presti, N. & Gallagher, S.,  (STAMPPP Website)
The project funded by Leonardo from 2008-2010 is called STAMPPP and the goal of the original funding was to update the original Simple Steps and provide translations in German, Norwegian, and Spanish; 1000 free copies were distributed in each partner country. The original project was recognised as an example of excellence by the European Commission and was included as a case study highlighting best practice in Inclusion. In 2011-2013, Leonardo has funded a new round of updates and translations to Simple Steps. As well as updating some sections with new animations, we will be making this resource available online to partner countries. Our partners for this round of funding include Italy, Iceland, Sweden and Netherlands.

PROF. MICKEY KEENAN (University of Ulster; Principle investigator STAMPPP)
Introduces the STAMPPP Project rationale and background, click here for high quality, click here for low quality
DR NEIL MARTIN (European Association for Behaviour Analysis, EABA; Behavior Analyst Certification Board BACB)
Endorses the  Simple Steps training resource, click here for high quality, click here for low quality
PROF TONY BYRNE (Chairperson, Parents Education as Autism Therapists, PEAT)
Explains the development of the Simple Steps training resource, click here for high quality, click here for low quality
DR SIGRIDUR LOA JONSDOTTIR (The State Diagnostic and Counselling Centre Iceland)
Explains how Simple Steps training resource is used in Iceland, click here for high quality, click here for low quality
DR JACQUELINE SCHENK (Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherland)
Explains how Simple Steps training resource is used in Netherlands, click here  for high quality, click here for low quality
DR LISE ROLL-PETTERSSON (University of Stockholm, Sweden)
Explains the impact of Simple Steps in Sweden, click here for high quality, click here for low quality
DR NANNI PRESTI (The European Institute for the Study of Human Behavior, Italy)
Explains how Simple Steps training resource is used in Italy, click here for high quality, click here for low quality
DR STEPHEN GALLAGHER (University of Ulster)
Shows some examples from Simple Steps, click here for high quality, click here for low quality

For Flyer for this past event click  here        For Book of abstracts from this past event click here

Prof Bill Heward: Helping school-aged pupils with autism succeed in mainstream classrooms

To view handouts from the above event you may click here for part one and here for part two.

Prof Bill Heward: Using science to improve educational outcomes for all students

To view a video of the above workshop please click here, for the presentation please click here and to view a handout from the event click here.  This video is memory intensive, you can download the file and watch it at your leisure. Once the file is downloaded to your computer, it should play a lot more smoothly.  To download it, right-click on the video and click "save video as"  then save it to your desktop.  For high quality viewing, we recommend that videos are viewed using Quicktime player or VLC player.  Both these softwares are free and give excellent and reliable playback.

Professor Karola Dillenburger: A new look at a theory of autism

To view the article above please click here


We have collaborated in the design and production of the multi-media resource SIMPLE STEPS. This is presently available in 4 languages (English, German, Norwegian and Spanish). You can find the most up-to-date version of SIMPLE STEPS here If you have any questions please get in touch or ask the SSI team directly at

Aspergers Video

This short video was produced, recorded, and edited by Andrew together with his friend. Andrew gave permission to share his work with the QUART Centre. Click here to download the video.

Kayla's talk at APS/CEDP conference in Melbourne

Behavioural Gerontology in Dementia Care

Some concrete examples Professor Mark Mathews

Addressing Challenged Behaviour and Sensory Issues

Bobby Newman on ASD.

Dr Dana Reinecke BCBA-D is an award winning trainer and teacher in ASD at the Sage Centre for Behaviour Analysis, New York. She addresses sensory issue and shows how to overcome barriers to learning. 

Dr Bobby Newman and Dr Dana Reinecke:  'Behavioural Detectives': Practical case studies in dealing with challenging behaviours'.

Evidence-based Interventions and Professional Certification

Dr Neil Martin (BCBA-D) has many years of experience in working directly with individuals and families affected by ASD and consulting with Education and HSC agencies.

Video Modelling

Dr Angelika Anderson and Prof Dennis Moore, Faculty of Education and Krongold Centre, Monash University, Australia.

Verbal Behaviour Analysis

Smita Awasthi (BCBA) Director of Behavior Momentum, Bangalore, India, is an internationally recognised autism expert, therapist and staff trainer.

Evidence-based Practice

Prof Karola Dillenburger on Evidence based practice: Behaviour Analytic interventions in ASD.

Launch of the Centre for Behaviour Analysis

Click here for the launch of Centre for Behaviour Analysis at 2nd QUART Conference 2012 by Professor Karola Dillenburger.

Effective Inclusion in Mainstream Classrooms

Dr Carl Hughes (BCBA-D, Bangor University, Wales) whose keynote address focused on teaching academic curriculum: Effective inclusion in mainstream classrooms. Dr Hughes discussed some of the key findings of behaviour analytic teaching methods, including Precision Teaching, in mainstream schools.

Building adaptive skills: Practice applications

Professor Mickey Keenan’s (BACB-D, University of Ulster) presentation outlined the importance of the scientific method when designing teaching and learning experiences and illustrated this with a number of practical participatory exercises.

International best practice: Examples from early intervention in Spain, Germany, France, and Greece

katerini Dounavi (BCBA, QUB; University of Madrid) illustrated how behaviour analytic early intervention has been progressed in these countries and showed a number of videos from her own international practice.

Registered Behaviour Technician (RBT) training curriculum offered by CBA.

The RBT curriculum (40 Hours) is covered in the module "Fundamental Elements of Behaviour Change".   This module is part of the MScASD and the MScABA and can be taken as stand-along module (20CATS).  The BACB’s RBT Task List includes the core tasks that are likely to be performed by behaviour technicians, organized in the following areas: Measurement, Assessment, Skill Acquisition, Behaviour Reduction, Documentation and Reporting, and Professional Conduct and Scope of Practice. The task list covers tasks that a behaviour technician will perform with some, but probably not all, clients. We acknowledge that the task list might not include some tasks that a behaviour technician would be expected to perform by a supervisor. It is the responsibility of the supervisor to determine which additional tasks behaviour technicians may perform as a function of their competence.

The RBT is a paraprofessional who practices under the close, ongoing supervision of a BCBA or BCaBA (“Designated RBT supervisor”). The RBT is primarily responsible for the direct implementation of skill-acquisition and behaviour-reduction plans developed by the supervisor. The RBT may also collect data and conduct certain types of assessments (e.g., stimulus preference assessments). The RBT does not design intervention or assessment plans. It is the responsibility of the Designated RBT supervisor to determine which tasks an RBT may perform as a function of his or her training, experience, and competence. The RBT’s supervisor is ultimately responsible for the work performed by the RBT.

Get in touch for more information, link to BACB here


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