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Tri-State Webinar: ABLLS-R, AFLS, VB MAPP, ESDM, PEAK!?!? Choosing the Right Assessment for Your Learner with Autism: The Assessment Process: Part 1 of 3

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Webinar Description:

A variety of assessment options exist for identifying skills to target for learners diagnosed with Autism and other developmental disabilities. Many practitioners are trained on a specific assessment with little regard to the appropriateness of that assessment for the learner. This presentation discusses how to individualize the assessment process to create the most effective intervention program for each learner. Additionally, video examples are provided that demonstrate how to observe a learner and assess skills without using a commercially available assessment.

Part 1: The Assessment Process: In this session, we will discuss a general framework for conducting assessments regardless of the materials being used. This session introduces the concept of “core assessments” and how to apply this with different learner profiles. The content of this session is applicable to any setting or assessment materials. 

Part 2: Application of the Assessment Process: In this session, we will apply the content from session 1. Video examples will be used to explore how to complete the general assessment process with different learner profiles.

Part 3: Best Practices in Assessment for Early learners: This session focuses on some of the key aspects of developmental research that we should be familiar with when conducting assessments in Early Intervention settings. This session will also include resources relating to assessment and intervention for early learners ages 3-5.

Learner Objectives:

After attending this three-part series, participants will:

  • Describe at least 3 different commercially available assessments for learners with autism (Part 1)
  • Identify at least 1 commercially available assessment for young learners with autism (Part 1)
  • Define the term “core” assessment and explain how this can be used to develop intervention (Part 1)
  • Identify at least 1 assessment that can be used to address barriers to learning (Part 1)
  • Describe the 4 different learner profiles and identify typical assessments/programs used for such profiles (Part 1 and 2)
  • Conduct assessments with learners without using a commercially available assessment (Part 2)
  • Provide a basic explanation of the Early Start Denver Model (Part 3)
  • Explain the importance of focus on social interaction and development with the birth to three population (Part 3)
  • Identify resources for working with EI populations and explain how those resources support implementation of behavior analytic interventions (Part 3)


Presenter Information:

Dr. Megan Miller is the creator of the Do Better Movement and founder of the Do Better Collective. Megan earned her Ph.D. in Special Education and Behavior Analysis at The Ohio State University in 2015. Dr. Miller’s early training in behavior analysis occurred at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism as a volunteer/intern in 2003. Dr. Miller has taught courses in behavior analysis and special education as an adjunct professor for several universities. She has co-authored journal articles published in the Journal of Developmental Physical Disability, Behavior Analysis in Practice, and Teaching Exceptional Children. She also co-authored “The 7 Steps to Earning Instructional Control” with Robert Schramm, BCBA. Megan regularly presents to professional organizations around the globe as an invited speaker. In 2018, Dr. Miller started the #dobetter professional development movement to improve access to training in best practices in the field of behavior analysis via an online community, webinars, and a podcast.

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The webinars are listed by category and alphabetical order. The category for this webinar is Assessment.

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