Posted by: Fox Emm | February 28, 2014

Social Skills Training Summer 2014

    I wanted to send an update that Learn is offering an opportunity to support children ages 3-12 for a social skills training experience again this summer.  Our goal is to give children with Autism and other social needs an opportunity to participate in group activities and parents are actively involved along side our clinicians!  Our targets include:   following directions in a group setting, participating in a group with appropriate behavior, and interacting with peers within the social setting.   
The sessions are held at 12184 Chaucer Lane Lake Ridge, Va 22192     
The session dates/times are:  June 23-August 12th 8:45am-11:15 am
Registration form can be downloaded at
Internships also available for this experience.


     Kerry Dillman, M.A., B.C.B.A.
     President and Lead Behavior Analyst
     Learn Behavior Consultation Services
Phone:  724-448-9653
Posted by: Fox Emm | February 18, 2014

VB MAPP and Verbal Behavior

VB MAPP and Verbal Behavior

Posted by: Fox Emm | February 11, 2014

Sixth CABAS International Conference Flier

Sixth CABAS International Conference Flier

Saturday, February 22 & Sunday, February 23
University of Richmond, Jepson Hall

Posted by: Fox Emm | February 11, 2014

Bridge Funding Implementation Information

This email below went out to the IDs, but we are sending to providers as well – please pass along. thanks:
To:  CSB ID Directors
From:  Jae
RE:  DBHDS Bridge Funding
Date:  2/7/14
The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) is pleased to announce the approval and implementation of Bridge Funding for providers who will be serving individuals moving from Southside Virginia Training Center (SVTC) and Northern Virginia Training Center (NVTC).
To assist providers  with the process of supporting individuals moving to community homes, we are implementing the Bridge Funding process immediately.   Since these are state general fund dollars, we have flexibility to tailor solutions to meet specific needs outside of other federal or state programs.  Funds in general are to support the planning, moving and transitional issues that arise in assisting of individuals leaving the Training Center to adjusting to living in their own home or to a home licensed by DBHDS.  Bridge funding may NOT be used to purchase goods or services which are eligible for funding  through Medicaid or any other means available at the time of awarding of the state general fund dollars.  
The four documents that address the process addressing the specific requirements are:
1) the “Bridge Funding Guidelines
2) Bridge Funding Application
3) Provider Commitment Form; and
4) Bridge funding Records Release Authorization form.
Please contact the Community the Integration Managers (CIM) at NVTC and SVTC regarding questions related to bridge funding.   All Bridge Funding Documents, once completed, are to be submitted to the appropriate CIM for processing.
The CIM contacts are as follows:
We look forward to utilizing these funds to assist providers as individuals transition into the greater community. In addition, you may contact me via email ( or via phone (804-356-3664).
Jae Benz
Director of Training Center Discharges and Community Integration
Division of Developmental Services
1220 Bank Street
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 356-3664

You can download the associated document pack by going to

2014 Virginia Association for Behavior Analysis Workshop Information

Please check out the details on our newly announced Ethics Workshop! Please consider this CE opportunity.

Registration information can be found at our workshop information page.

2014 Virginia Association for Behavior Analysis Conference Update

Please view our updated flier regarding the 2014 Virginia Association for Behavior Analysis Conference!

Posted by: Fox Emm | February 4, 2014

Journal Review Meeting

Journal Review Meeting

The Learning Institute at Commonwealth Autism Service and The Dominion School are hosting a journal review meeting. We will be  discussing a current article in autism treatment. The event is open to anyone interested in learning more about autism research and  behavior analysis. Free CEs will be provided for BCBAs and BCaBAS. Come join the discussion!

Blue Ridge Autism and Achievement Center is pleased to present:

Essential for Living workshop

March 17th-18th in Roanoke, VA

A NEW Communication, Behavior, and Functional Skills Assessment, Curriculum and Teaching Manual for Children and Adults with Moderate to Severe Disabilities, including Autism.

Featuring Patrick McGreevy, Ph.D., BCBA-D and Troy Fry, M.A., BCBA

12 BACB CEUs at no extra charge

Please see attached flyer for registration information.

About the presenters:
Dr. Pat McGreevy received his B.S. and M.A. degrees from the University of Iowa and his Ph.D. degree, in Behavior Analysis, from Kansas University, where he was a student of Ogden R. Lindsley, who was a student of B.F. Skinner. He was a special education teacher for eight years and has served on the faculties of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Louisiana State University, and is currently an assistant professor at the Florida Institute of Technology. He is the author of Teaching and Learning in Plain English and eight journal articles, and is the founder of the Journal of Precision Teaching. During his career, he has served as a consultant to school districts, residential programs, and private schools in North America and Western Europe. In 2000, he became part of the first group of Board Certified Behavior Analysts. He is also the author of ‘Essential for Living’, a new assessment, curriculum, and teaching manual for children and adults with moderate-to-severe disabilities.

Troy Fry received his B.A. in Science and Mathematics from North Dakota State University and M.S. degree in Behavior Analysis and Therapy from Southern Illinois University. He is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. For the past 22 years, he has worked with children and adults with developmental disabilities in public schools, private schools, centers, clinics, home-programs, hospitals, and residential programs in North America as a teacher, behavior analyst, senior clinician, consultant, and clinical director. Most recently, he co-authored Essential For Living. A comprehensive communication, behavior, and functional skills assessment, curriculum, teaching, and skill-tracking instrument for individuals with moderate to severe developmental disabilities including autism. He currently practices in Winter Park, FL, Minneapolis, and Chicago.

Posted by: Fox Emm | January 17, 2014

APBA 2014 Convention

APBA 2014 Convention

The program for the 2014 Association of Professional Behavior Analysts convention (March 27-29 in New Orleans) includes many presentations that are likely to be of interest to family members of people with autism and related conditions. Some are described on the attached flyer; more information is available on the convention page at

Posted by: Fox Emm | January 17, 2014

The Jenin Autism Project

The Jenin Autism Project – learn about how BCBAs are helping families in Palestine

Through a grant from the Clinton Global Initiative University, a team lead by BCBAs are working to empower mothers in underserved communities to help their children with autism through didactic and hands-on training in ABA techniques, family support groups and community outreach. To learn more about the project currently underway click here: 

Currently, the team is providing a series of didactic and hands on trainings to a group of 15 mothers from the local community, around the concepts of ABA.  The trainings were created based on a needs assessment conducted with the families over the summer.  Children with Autism in Jenin do not have access to educational services and often stay in the home with the mothers, largely due to the stigma that Autism carries with it.  Many people in the community still believe Autism is caused by bad parenting.  The mothers have agreed to meet as a cooperative group and provide some basic ABA training to each other’s children each week.  In addition to training the mothers, the group will be conducting home visits when necessary to give specific consultation, training people in the community (social workers, teachers, and psychologists, etc) about Autism, conducting sibling and parent support groups and generally spreading the word about Autism and how to interact with and support families with children on the spectrum.  The group has met with the Governor of Jenin and the Minister of Social Affairs to discuss our project and we have their full support in providing trainings to the community.  The group also met with several radio stations to discuss the project and give a general overview of Autism.

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