Behavior analyst Tom Caffrey to present at August conference
BERLIN — Board certified behavior analyst Tom Caffrey, who has presented at over 300 conferences all over the world, is coming to White Mountains Community College in Berlin, on Aug. 20 and 21 to share his knowledge and experience with autism.
"He's coming right to Berlin from Thailand," says Heather Day Holt, former Director of Autism Network-Guiding, Educating and Learning in Ireland, who attended over 200 hours of workshops and hands-on training with Caffrey. "My background is in communication disorders, counseling and play therapy and this approach to teaching is a bridge between all three!"
The cost of this workshop has been drastically decreased to ensure every individual in the North Country who has a child with autism or another developmental disability can attend and gain this life changing knowledge. Specifically, participants will learn about practical strategies that can help them to: engage a child that shows little or no interest in interacting with others, expand a child's interests and activities, teach functional communication skills to vocal and non-vocal learners, engage children in meaningful social situations with their peers, decide if a child should be a vocal or non-vocal learner, shape cooperative behavior and decrease escape motivated problem behavior, use research based teaching procedures to establish and maintain instructional control during structured teaching, develop an effective schedule to maximize learning opportunities, and implement reinforcement-based approaches that reduce problem behavior.
"No matter what areas of difficulty a child presents, first and foremost they are children," says Holt. "They are in need of fun, natural, play based interventions, especially when they have deficits in the area of social pragmatic skills, and Tom's presentation will address this beautifully."