WMU shares applied behavior analysis training videos for autism

contact: Cheryl Roland
| WMU News
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KALAMAZOO, Mich.—A series of free videos on autism assessment and intervention techniques is now available to a national audience of educators and practitioners, thanks to Western Michigan University's Autism Center of Excellence.

The video series includes interviews with experts in applied behavior analysis, or ABA, autism and behavioral pediatrics. The videos were developed by Dr. Wayne Fuqua, WMU professor of psychology, with support from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The videos are available for viewing without charge at wmich.edu/autism/resources.  

"The videos also include supplemental materials and clinical simulations that demonstrate the application of essential features of an assessment or intervention technique," says Fuqua. "The videos are designed to enhance the ability of applied behavior analysis practitioners and ABA students in academic training programs to understand and to implement important behavior analysis assessment and treatment techniques with children, especially those with developmental disabilities such as autism."

Additional videos are under development. When ready for distribution, they will be posted to the same website, so those interested in the videos should check back periodically for updates.

Behavior analysis and autism research at WMU

WMU's Department of Psychology has a 30-plus year history of work with community partners to offer supervised field experience in the areas of developmental disabilities, autism, clinical psychology, organizational behavior management and education. The University has awarded nearly 400 psychology doctoral degrees and more than a thousand master's degrees to professionals working in developmental disabilities, autism, clinical psychology and industrial organizational psychology—all with a behavior analysis or behavior therapy orientation. 

In 2014, the University's critical role in preparing professionals to work with children with autism was recognized by the state of Michigan with a special $4 million legislative appropriation designed to increase the University's capacity to prepare new professionals to work in the autism area and to enhance community consultation and outreach services using such technology as internet-based training, distance education and teleconsultation.

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