Guest Speaker

Jennifer Wertalik


Jennifer is an Assistant Professor at Georgia Southern University-Armstrong Campus where she teaches coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis. Jennifer has experience working with individuals ranging from 3-22 years of age in a variety of areas including treating problem behavior and teaching functional academics, daily living, and community-based skills. Jennifer worked in home settings for twelve years in a public-school setting for individuals with autism and developmental disabilities using the principles of Behavior Analysis as well as Precision Teaching. Additionally, Jennifer worked in home settings for eight years where she provided home program coordination and parent training. During that time Jennifer obtained her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis with a concentration in Autism Spectrum Disorder from Ball State University and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2013. Jennifer received her doctoral degree from Pennsylvania State University, where her research focused on evidence-based instruction for individuals with autism and severe disabilities. Her specific interest is in the use of video-based instruction to promote fluency and automaticity of daily living skills in order to improve long-term outcomes and the quality of life for this population.

Day 2 – Friday

8:30 – 10:00a.m.

Teaching Individuals with Autism Self-Management Strategies to Create Positive Changes in Behavior

…together with
Andrew Bulla, 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

Keynote Speaker

Location and Venue

Savannah Convention Center
Savannah, GA

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