Andrew (Drew) earned his Bachelor’s degree from St. Joseph’s University in Psychology with a minor in autism studies. Upon graduating, he completed his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in behavior analysis from Western Michigan University, and subsequently became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2014. He is currently an assistant professor of psychology and verified course sequence coordinator for the BCaBA coursework at Georgia Southern University-Armstrong Campus. Andrew has worked at a variety of organizations over the course of his career including autism centers, community mental health agencies, and several school districts. Andrew has worked in autism early intervention, ancillary programs including social and recreational skills, the assessment and treatment of challenging behaviors, and academic interventions for students with and without disabilities. Andrew attended Morningside Academy Summer School Institute in 2016, which led him to implement a small scale replication of Morningside’s math program in an Autism Spectrum Disorder Classroom in a public school setting with a team of professionals. Students made, on average, 1.5 years grade level growth with 6-months of instruction. Andrew has also conducted research in the areas of decreasing vocal stereotypy in children with autism, as well as teaching children self-management strategies to decrease undesirable behaviors.
Day 2 – Friday
8:30 – 10:00a.m.
Teaching Individuals with Autism Self-Management Strategies to Create Positive Changes in Behavior
… together with
Jennifer Wertalik, PhD, BCBA
Purpose & Objectives
To discuss and teach a variety of self-management techniques that have been successfully implemented for individuals with autism. Self-management is a broad term that encompasses a variety of antecedent and consequence modifications learners can make to alter the frequency of different behaviors. When an individual learns to manage their own behaviors, the intervention effects have been demonstrated to maintain and generalize across setting. Participants will learn:
- The benefits of self-management: increased pro-social behaviors and decreased disruptive or unwanted behaviors
- Three different antecedent and consequence strategies they can teach their learners to self-manage their own behaviors
- How to use the “Self & Match System,” a commercially available self-management package