The Autism Conference: Treatment That Changes Lives

As ABA progresses, we find newer and newer ways to be able to help children with Autism. Six Experts from the field discuss their findings.
Be inspired and learn from six ‘Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA)’ experts who have spent over twenty years using scientifically proven interventions that have helped thousands of children learn ‘how to learn’ and helped them achieve their best outcomes in IQ, adaptive skills and emotional functioning. Find out how their ongoing learning can be applied to your children, students or clients.

London Event Details:

Date And Time Sat, 8 June 2019
09:00 – 16:00 BST
Location Queen Mary University, Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS, United Kingdom
Tickets Fees: £95

London event on Jun 8, 2019

Leeds Event Details:

Date And Time Mon, 10 June 2019
09:00 – 16:00 BST
Location Albert Room, Leeds Town Hall, The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 3AD, United Kingdom
Tickets Fees: £95

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  • Get insight and learning from six experts dedicated to improving the lives of autistic children
  • Understand the recent advances in ABA research
  • Find out what support is available
  • Network with your peers


  • Parents and carers of autistic children
  • Educational and clinical psychologists
  • Speech and language therapists and pathologists
  • Teachers and special educational needs specialists
  • BCBAs

Continuing education is offered for:

  • BCBAs

    Event is by booking only and tickets are limited at both locations. Kindly contact the organiser for group or bulk bookings.

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    Event Schedule

    8:30 – 9:00 Registration and Seating
    9:00 – 9:45 Changing the World of ASD:  Perspectives from a Mum & Funding Guru
    (Lorri Unumb, JD.D)
    9:50 – 10:35 Producing Meaningful Improvements in Problem Behavior of Persons with Autism
    (Greg Hanley, Ph.D )
    10:35 – 11:00 Morning Break
    11:00 – 11:45 Implementing Effective Social Skill Groups for Individuals Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder
    (Justin Leaf, Ph.D)
    11:50 – 12:35 Demonstrating the Amazing Success of Children with ASD
    (Toby Mountjoy, BCBA)
    12:35 - 2:00 Lunch
    11:00 – 11:45 To Stim or not to Stim? Guiding children with ASD to make healthy choices
    (John McEachin, Ph.D)
    2:50 - 3:35 Evolution of ABA
    (Ronald Leaf, Ph.D)
    3:35 – 4:00 Break
    4:00 – 4:30 Q&A


    Dr. Lorri Unumb
    Vice President, State Government Affairs, Autism

    Topic: Changing the World of ASD:  Perspectives from a Mum & Funding Guru

    In this address, autism mother and attorney Lorri Unumb will share her personal parental experience with her son’s autism diagnosis and how it led her into full-time advocacy on behalf of individuals with autism, including assistance in the passage of more than 40 autism insurance laws across the United States.
    Dr. Gregory Hanley
    Professor & Director of the Behaviour Analysis Doctoral Program, Western New England University

    Topic: Producing Meaningful Improvements in Problem Behaviour of Persons with Autism

    Problem behaviours like meltdowns, self-injury, aggression, or intractable stereotype will often require address at some point in the life span of a person diagnosed with autism. There is strong evidence supporting behavioural intervention to address these problem behaviours, with better outcomes evident when (a) personalised reinforcing contexts are designed from a practical functional assessment process, (b) skills relevant to the core deficits associated with autism are developed in the treatment, and (c) the treatment explicitly prepares the person with autism for life’s inevitable ambiguities, disappointments, and opportunities. In this presentation, the practical functional assessment process that informs these sorts of treatments will first be described. The enhanced choice model that affords the person with autism control over the therapeutic process will then be reviewed.
    Justin B. Leaf
    Ph.D., BCBA-D, Director of Research, Autism Partnership Foundation

    Topic: Implementing Effective Social Skill Groups for Individuals Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder

    In this talk the presenter will define what is social behaviour, the deficits in social behaviour that individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often display, and why it is important to teach social skills to individuals diagnosed with ASD. The presenter will spend most of the talk on how to set up and implement effective behaviourally based social skills group for children diagnosed with autism. The presenter will also describe what the results are when social skill groups are successfully implemented. The presenter will show numerous video examples of effective social skills groups. The presenter will provide recommendations that audience members can use when implementing or observing social skill groups.
    Mr. Toby Mountjoy
    Associate Director, Autism Partnership

    Topic: Demonstrating the Amazing Success of Children with ASD

    Mr. Toby Mountjoy will present the therapy journey of a number of different children, showing their first days, the challenges along the way and their progress over a number of years. This is an exciting opportunity to see the changes children got through in an ABA intervention program.
    Dr. John McEachin
    Co-founder & Director, Autism Partnership

    Topic: To Stim or not to Stim? Guiding children with ASD to make healthy choices

    One of the most important research findings from the past several decades is that individuals with autism are enormously capable, but they require specialised teaching in order to learn. Some approaches have focused mainly on making accommodations such as reducing sensory stimulation, establishing routines, providing visual supports, and promoting peer tolerance of atypical behaviour. The most effective approaches focus on developing skills in children with autism so that they become more competent, possess coping skills, understand how others think, and why others behave the way they do. This allows the person with autism to more effectively achieve what is important to him or her and can lead to the discovery of new sources of joy in daily life.
    Dr. Ronald Leaf
    Co-founder & Director, Autism Partnership

    Topic: Evolution of ABA

    Years of research and clinical applications have produced a proliferation of behaviourally based intervention programs for persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Though all are under the umbrellas of ABA, often originating from the same seminal efforts, divergent directions in philosophy, conceptualisation and application have often been followed between and within these various types of ABA programs.  The sometimes subtle and sometimes substantial disparities that may be found between some Applied Behaviour Analysis approaches to treating persons with ASD.  Drawing from over 40 years of research and clinical application of Applied Behaviour Analysis, Dr. Leaf will share the strategies that Autism Partnership has developed over decades and that have helped children reach their potential.

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