Participants may alternate tracks throughout each day if desired.

Course Descriptions are at the bottom of the page. Schedule subject to change.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Time   Description Room
8:00 a.m.   Check-in Lobby
9:00 a.m.   Welcome and Panel Discussion-parents, siblings, individuals w/ Autism Auditorium/2254
10:00 a.m.  

Blake Hansen

"Parent Training and Naturalistic Behavioral Interventions"


Mikle South, Brigham Young University

ADOS Reliability Session

12:00 p.m.   LUNCH 2260/Hallway
1:00 p.m.  

Aaron Fischer, University of Utah

"BCBA's in Schools"


Terisa Gabrielsen, Brigham Young University

"Connecting with Resources and Community Services"

3:00 p.m.   Afternoon Break Hallway
3:10 p.m.   Film Discussion:  Autism the Musical Auditorium/2254
5:00 p.m.   Adjourn for the day  

Friday, January 25, 2019

Time   Description Room
8:00 a.m.   Check-in Lobby
9:00 a.m.   Welcome and Panel Discussion-Parents, siblings, individuals with Autism Auditorium/2254

Christian Sabey, 

"ABA for Teachers"


Jane Carlson, PhD, BCBA-D, Director of the Melissa Nellesen Center at Utah Valley University

"Functional Communication Training in Behavior Plans"

12:00 p.m.   LUNCH 2260/Hallway
1:00 p.m.  

Panel Discussion:  Ryan Kellems (moderator)

Private, University, and School District Personnel

"Building Capacity for Adult Transition and Adult Services"


Terisa Gabrielsen, Brigham Young Univeristy

"ADOS Reliability Session"

3:00 p.m.   Afternoon Break Hallway
3:10 p.m.   Film Discussion:  Life Animated Auditorium/2254
5:00 p.m.   Workshop adjourned  

Welcome and Panel Discussion:

The first 10-15 minutes will be spent introducing the day’s topics and presenters so participants can choose which sessions to attend.  The remaining time will include questions from the audience addressed to the parents and individuals with autism on the panel. 

ADOS Reliability Sessions

These sessions are designed to meet the needs of community clinicians who are currently administering and scoring the ADOS in their settings.  ADOS authors strongly recommend that clinicians regularly check their reliability with other clinicians.  This session will include a videotaped administration of an ADOS (with parent permission).  Participants will be able to do discuss rationales for their scoring decisions and use information learned in the session re-calibrate their own scoring.  Non-clinicians are welcome, but may not experience as much benefit.  Confidentiality reminders will be given at the beginning and throughout the session.  One of the sessions will focus on either Module 1 oe 2 of the ADOS.  The other will focus on a Module 3 or 4 administration.  THIS SESSION IS NOT AN ADOS TRAINING. 

Parent Training and Naturalistic Behavioral Interventions

This session will outline two ways to increase the amount of intervention dosage an individual with autism can receive in addition to formal intervention services.  The first is parent training methods to teach parents basic Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) techniques that are useful when children are away from therapeutic settings.  The second is a review of Naturalistic Behavioral Interventions that take advantage of daily occurrences in a child’s life at home and at school that can be opportunities for simple ABA techniques to build skills in social communication.

Connecting with Resources and Community Services

This session will provide a forum for a two-way exchange of information about local services and other resources that are often neglected only because the clinician providing assessment and/or treatment planning is not aware of helps that are available.  Resources that are easily available (e.g., books, seminars, training programs) will be introduced by Dr. Gabrielsen and additional resources will be generated from participants. Services (school, local, state, and federal) will also be discussed among participants to generate lists of services that could be helpful but have not yet been accessed.  Representatives from the Utah Parent Center will be specifically asked to join this session.

Integrating BCBA Services in School Settings 

Learning objectives:

  • Participants will learn about the varying roles of BCBAs in schools
  • Participants will learn about best practices to improve student outcomes through collaboration
  • Participants will learn about Utah initiatives to integrate ABA in schools

Film Discussions, Autism the Musical and Life Animated

Each of the film sessions will include a screening and discussion of a documentary (Autism the Musical on Thursday and Life, Animated on Friday).  These documentaries show a brief period in the lives of individuals with autism as they explore alternate methods of expression and social interaction (Autism the Musical) and the transition to independent adult life (Life, Animated)

ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis) for Teachers 

This presentation will review the most salient and frequently needed ABA interventions that classroom teachers are likely to need as they work to balance inclusive classrooms.   

Incorporating Functional Communication Training into Comprehensive Behavior Support Plans

This session will outline the importance of embedding functional communication training (FCT) into all comprehensive behavior plans for individuals with autism.  Dr. Carlson will provide case examples, strategies, and techniques for FCT techniques that can be integrated with other behavioral goals and ABA interventions.

Building Capacity for Adult Services

This session will feature a panel discussion, driven by participant questions, regarding services available in the community for adults with autism.   Each panelist has extensive experience with state agencies, private services, school-based services, and government support options, including residential options for independence.