APF 2020 4th Quarter Newsletter

What do a Book, CEUs, Podcast, and 100k students have in common?

2020 has been especially difficult for individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families. As communities, schools, and states shut down, families were unable to access important intervention. We remain committed to increasing access to quality, progressive behavior intervention for individuals diagnosed with ASD.

In this newsletter, you will read about our ongoing work, including our incredibly popular and free RBT training program. Also, you can read about our new book on the Autism Partnership Method for running social skills groups, our new CEU platform, and our new podcast series.

APF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and we are able to research, develop, and launch critical programs thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you are in the position to make a gift of any size, please do so by clicking HERE. We also encourage you to reach out to us at support@apfmail.org if you have any questions or suggestions. Thank you and stay safe.

APF’s NEW BOOK The Autism Partnership Method: Social Skills Groups

This book provides an overview of the Autism Partnership Method for designing and conducting behaviorally based social skills groups for individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.

Within the first section the reader will find overviews of applied behavior analysis, social behavior, autism spectrum disorder, the Autism Partnership Method, and research evaluating the use of social skills groups. The second section provides the reader with direction in developing, running, and evaluating their own social skills group. Finally, section three provides an extensive curriculum, with detailed programs and goals, for running a behaviorally based social skills group.

Click HERE to purchase the book.

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APF New CEU Platform

We are excited to announce the start of APF’s CEU library. We will be offering CEUs from top leaders in the field of applied behavior analysis and autism on a variety of important topics. You can now enjoy seven new CEUs right from the comfort of your own home.

Available Titles:

  • Greg Hanley, Ph.D. – Effective Treatment Process for Problem Behavior and Stereotypy Associated with Autism.
  • Lorri Unumb, Esq. – Autism and ABA:  Let Me Hear YOUR Voice.
  • Patrick C. Friman, Ph.D. – EIBI, ASD and the Forward March of Behavior Analysis
  • Dennis Reid, Ph.D. – Supervisory Strategies for Promoting Work Quality and Staff Enjoyment (Supervision)
  • Justin Leaf, Ph.D. – Ethical approaches to teaching social skills for individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. (Ethics)
  • Florence D. DiGennaro Reed, Ph.D. – ABCs of Staff Support: Evidence-based Performance Management (Supervision)
  • Shahla Ala’i, Ph.D. – Behavior Analysis and the ethics of cultural competence (Ethics)

We will be continuing to provide more topics from different leaders on an ongoing basis.

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Rants With Justin & Joe – Now Available as a Podcast!

Justin and Joe have been getting together virtually to discuss topics that are pertinent to behavior analysis and intervention for individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. They call it Rants with Justin & Joe. During each chapter they have an open and frank discussion about each topic and engage with audience members about the topic. Several distinguished guests have also joined in on the discussions! We have now made each chapter available to download where you listen to your favorite podcasts.

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RBT Update:

In March 2020, APF launched a FREE 40-Hour RBT (Registered Behavior Technician) Training program. Since then, 100,000 people, including educators, parents, and first responders have registered. This is an exceptional feat, given there were 70,361 RBTs worldwide at the end of 2019. In addition to serving the autism community during the global pandemic, we felt it was important develop this useful resource to reduce the cost burden for young professionals, prevent organizations from profiting by charging for minimum training standards, and expand on the topics RBT trainings typically provide. The level of interest is staggering. Questions?  Please email Justin Leaf or Joe Cihon.

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