On Saturday, May 25th 2013 members of the ACES Behavior Services Center presented a symposium at the 39th Annual Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI).  The symposium, attended by approximately 120 professionals from the United States and other countries including England and China was well- received and included a question and answer period at the end of the session.

ACES staff presented research on the treatment of Self-Injurious behavior (SIB) for students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  The symposium:  The Assessment and Treatment of Self-Injurious Behavior Through the use of Protective Equipment in a Specialized Public School Setting was chaired by Dr. Donn Sottolano.  Dr. Thomas Zwicker, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Clinical Director Easter Seals of Costal Fairfield County was the invited discussant.  The ACES team presented the following research:

  • Assessment and Treatment of Self-Injurious Behavior Through the Use of Contingent Helmet Application with Contingent Removal (Lisa Tereshko, BCBA, and Greg Lefebvre, BCBA (Village School)).
  • Utilization of an Alternating Treatment Design to Assess and Fade Protective Equipment Use for Self-Injurious Behavior (Shauna Giannuzzi, BCBA, and Donn Sottolano, Ph.D., BCBA (Village School))
  • Assessment and Treatment of Severe Head Banging Through the use of Contingent Helmet Application (Laura Howk, BCBA, and Jorge Garcia, BCBA (Center for Autism Spectrum and Developmental Disorders)).