First Annual Long Island Behavior Analysis Conference

Long Island Behavior Analysis Conference 2012 - December 7 & 8

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Conference Sponsored by:


To support the following organizations:
The ELIJA Foundation
New York State Association of Behavior Analysis
Association for Science in Autism Treatment

Invited Presenters:
Dr. Bridget A. Taylor, BCBA-D- Alpine Learning Group, New Jersey
Dr. Henry S. Roane, BCBA-D- SUNY Upstate Medical University Hospital 
Dr. Eric V. Larsson, Ph.D., L.P., BCBA-D Executive Director, Clinical Services Lovaas Institute – Midwest
Heather Kadey, BCBA SUNY Upstate Medical University Hospital
Judith Ursitti- Autism Speaks Regional Director of State Advocacy Relations
Dr. Frank Cicero, BCBA-D Eden II
Dr. Stephen Anderson, BCBA-D Summit Educational Services/ APBA
Dr. Bobby Newman, BCBA-D- Room To Grow

Where: Melville Marriott , Long Island, New York, 1350 Old Walt Whitman Road, Melville, NY 11757

Agenda (Day 1), Friday December 7th, 2012

Registration: 7:30am-8:45am Continental Breakfast
Welcome:  8:45-9:00am
Keynote:  9:00-10:40am Dr. Bridget A. Taylor, Psy.D,  BCBA-D
Breakout Sessions
           (A) Stephen R. Anderson, Ph.D, BCBA-D / APBA, Mary Mcdonald, PhD., BCBA-D / ASAT, Judith Ursitti/ Autism Speaks
           (B) Frank Cicero, Ph.D., BCBA-D , Eden II Staten Island
12:35pm-1:15 Networking Lunch
1:15-2:55 Keynote: Hank Roane,Ph.D., BCBA-D / Update Medical University
Breakout Sessions 
           (A) Heather J. Kadey, M.S., BCBA / Update Medical University
           (B) Bobby Newman,Ph.D., BCBA-D, Room to Grow & Ana C. Madeira, MSED
Mixer/Social:   5:00pm-7:00pm Networking Social /Cash Bar
**Special meeting to be held on Friday, December 7, 5PM, at the Melville Marriott (1350 Old Walt Whitman Road, Melville, NY 11757) regarding the current ABA Autism Insurance issue.  If you would like to attend the meeting, please RSVP to You do not need to register for LI-BAC to attend this meeting.

Agenda (Day 2) Saturday December 8th, 2012
Insurance Workshop with Dr. Eric V.  Larsson, PhD., L.P. ,  BCBA-D - Lovaas Institute Midwest
& Judith Ursitti- Autism Speaks

Parents/Professionals: $95 (1 day) , $175 (2 days)
ELIJA & NYSABA Members: $75 (1 day), $150 (2 days)
Walk-In/Late Registration (after Nov. 30): $110 (1 day), $210 (2 days)
If you would like to attend the free emergency autism insurance workshop, please RSVP to
Non-refundable after November 16th 2012

*to register with ELIJA membership you must be a member 60 days prior. 
* NYSABA Members will all be verified with the membership office   




December 7th & December 8th all workshops will be held at:
Melville Marriot
1350 Walt Whitman Road
Melville, New York, 11747 Ph. 631-423-1600 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 631-423-1600 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Please be aware that the temperature changes in the conference center so it is advisable to bring a sweater or layer your clothing.

Group Discounts



Organizations who register 10 people or more will receive a 10% discount. Payment must be made under one purchase order to receive the group discount. Please call Jane Kaplan or Beverly Cusack at 516 216-5270 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 516 216-5270 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting to register with a group discount.

Registration Refund Policy



All cancellations must be in writing through email to Registrations are non-refundable after November 16th 2012




Melville Marriot Long Island 1350 Old Walt Whitman Road, Melville, NY 11757

Please call 631-423-1600 to make your hotel reservations. ELIJA has reserved a block of rooms from December 6th-December 8th at a rate of $129 plus tax per night.

Conference Scholarships



The ELIJA Foundation has prided itself over the years to providing families and educators with scholarships to our workshops in the event that they do not have the financial ability to cover attendance fees. Please contact Jane Kaplan for an application and detailed information.

Continuing Education Credicts (CE) Credits



The ELIJA Foundation is an approved Type 2 Continuing Education provider by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB ©) Type 2 CEU’s are available for the presentations and workshops at a rate of $10.00 per credit hour. You can earn a total amount of 8.0 credits on Dec 7th and up to 4.0 on Dec 8th.


Sponsorship opportunities:
Deadline is November 16, 2012
Being a sponsor  is a great opportunity to have your organization gain exposure with parent and professionals who will be attending this conference from all areas of New York and the Tri-state area. There are many levels of sponsorship available to meet every organizations needs.  Do not miss this great networking and advertising opportunity.
Sponsors receive the following:

-          Listing in the e-mail newsletter which reaches over 4,000 individuals in the community.
-          Web link on the ELIJA website
-          Listing in the conference program
-          One vendor booth
-          Full-Page ad in the program
-          Logo in the program

Conference sponsor (SOLD)
LIDC- Long Island Developmental Consulting, Inc.

-Logo alongside all LIBAC Logo’s
-Personal live acknowledgement at Keynote
-Logo prominently displayed on all sponsor boards at presentations  
Tote Bag Sponsor
Your company Logo along side ELIJA

Lunch Sponsor
-Logo prominently displayed at the lunch area  

Networking Session Sponsor
Marion K. Salomon and Associates,Inc.

-Logo prominently displayed at the networking event

Vendor Tables
$400 For profit rate
$250 Non-profit rate


Speakers & Sessions (more TBA):

Bridget A. Taylor, PsyD, BCBA-D

Executive Director, Alpine Learning Group

Session Title:  Improving Observational Learning Skills in Children with Autism

It is commonly recognized that children with autism present with significant deficits in imitation and observational learning. Most contemporary curricula for children with autism incorporate instruction in a variety of imitative response topographies. Less common in applied research and practice, however, are procedures to ensure that children with autism learn to acquire novel responses through observational responses demonstrated by their peers.  This presentation will outline instructional programs that move beyond direct imitation to the skills essential for observational learning. Specific procedures to increase observational learning in children with autism across a variety of responses will be reviewed.
Speaker Bio:
Bridget A. Taylor, PsyD, BCBA-D,  Executive Director Dr. Bridget A. Taylor is co-founder and Executive Director of Alpine Learning Group. She has specialized in the education and treatment of children with autism for the past twenty-five years. She holds a Doctorate of Psychology from Rutgers University, and received her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education from Columbia University. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a Licensed Psychologist. Dr. Taylor is active in the autism research community and has published numerous articles on effective interventions for autism. She serves on several editorial boards including the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Behavioral Interventions, and Behavior Analysis in Practice. She is also a member of the Autism Advisory Group for the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, is a board member of the Association for Science in Autism Treatment, and serves on the professional advisory board for the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts. Dr. Taylor is also Senior Clinical Advisor for Rethink Autism - an innovative web-based curriculum for children with autism. She is a national and international speaker and has been influential in the development of autism treatment programs in Italy, Canada, France, Australia and Kosovo.

Heather J. Kadey, MS, BCBA

Clinical Instructor, Department of Psychiatry - Upstate Medical University

Session title: Behavioral Assessment and Treatment of Feeding Problems in Children with Autism and Related Disorders.

Summary: At one time or another every parent has dealt with refusal behavior at mealtime. Fortunately, most children grow up eating a wide variety of foods that meet their caloric and nutritional needs. However, there are some children whose feeding problems will not resolve over time. These children are identified as having a feeding disorder and require some level of intervention. There are multiple components involved in developing effective treatments for these children. For example, research has demonstrated that an interdisciplinary approach has been shown to be the most successful way to address these complex and multifaceted disorders. In addition, using an approach that is data-based and individualized most effectively meets each child’s specific feeding needs. This becomes particularly important for those children diagnosed with autism who often display idiosyncratic eating behavior (e.g., only eating food of a particular shape, color or texture).

Speaker Bio:
Ms. Kadey received her Master’s degree in 2006 from Georgia State University in Educational Psychology with an emphasis on Applied Behavior Analysis. She received the outstanding thesis award for her work in the treatment of feeding disorders. From 2003 to 2006, Ms. Kadey worked at the Marcus Institute at Emory University in Atlanta Georgia. The majority of her time was spent as a therapist in the feeding program supervised by nationally known expert, Dr. Cathleen Piazza. In 2006, she was recruited by Dr. Piazza to help develop and administer the Pediatric Feeding Disorders Program at the Munroe Meyer Institute at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. In 2009 she was recruited to develop the Family Behavior Analysis Clinic at Upstate Medical University, where she is currently employed as a Clinical Supervisor and Research Scientist. She has served as an ad-hoc reviewer for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, where some of the most recent research is in press. Her primary research interests include staff training, parent training, and treatments of childhood behavior disorders.

Henry S. Roane, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics – Upstate Medical University

Session title: Behavior Analysis and Skepticism:  The Importance of Data Collection and the Demonstration of Believability.

Summary: Every day we are presented with “scientific” findings or anecdotal explanations of seemingly causal events. Although we might find this information frustrating on some level, it is potentially harmful when applied as a form of evidence-based practice. In fact, many of these so-called “discoveries” have little or no basis in science. This talk will describe some instances in which pseudo-science has been used to promote “cures” for autism and other behavioral concerns. The author will also describe how one might apply principles of behavior analysis to assess the efficacy of such programs.

Speaker Bio:
Dr. Roane received his Ph.D. in 2000 from Louisiana State University in Psychology with an emphasis on the assessment and treatment of behavior disorders in individuals with developmental disabilities. He completed a pre-doctoral internship in pediatrics and psychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at Upstate Medical University, is the Director of the Family Behavior Analysis Clinic, and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. He is a former Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (JABA), is currently and Associate Editor for Behavior Analysis in Practice, is on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of School Psychology, Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, and JABA, and is on the Board of Directors for the Behavior Analysis Certification Board and the Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior. Prior to coming to Upstate, Dr. Roane held faculty and clinical positions at the Emory University School of Medicine and the Kennedy Krieger and Marcus Institutes (in Atlanta GA) and at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the Munroe-Meyer Institute (Omaha NE). Dr. Roane has co-authored over 50 papers on the assessment and treatment of behavior disorders and has been the lead investigator on grants funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and the New York State Department of Health.

Stephen R. Anderson, Ph.D. BCBA – D, 

Past President, The Association of Professional Behavior Analysts

Session Title:  The Impact of the NYS Autism Insurance Reform Act on the Licensure of Behavior Analysts
Speaker Bio:
Dr. Anderson received his Ph.D. in Developmental and Child Psychology from the University of Kansas.  He has served as Adjunct Assistant Professor at number of colleges and universities including the University of Kansas, Northeastern University, the State University of New York at Buffalo, Canisius College, and Buffalo State College.  Dr. Anderson currently is the Chief Executive Officer of Summit Educational Resources in Amherst, New York.  He is a reviewer for a number of professional journals and has published journal articles, book chapters, and one book on the education and treatment of children with developmental disabilities. Dr. Anderson is the Past President of the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts and has served in other leadership roles at the state and national level. As a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Dr. Anderson has worked in the autism field for more than 35 years and has served as an expert witness and consultant.

Dr. Eric Larsson BCBA-D and Judith Ursitti 

Dr. Eric V. Larsson, Ph.D., L.P., BCBA-D Executive Director, Clinical Services Lovaas Institute – Midwest
Heather Kadey, BCBA SUNY Upstate Medical University Hospital
Judith Ursitti- Autism Speaks Regional Director of State Advocacy Relations


Session information:
Saturday, December 8
Recently New York has adopted a law requiring health insurance companies to cover treatments for autism, including applied behavior analysis (ABA) interventions. Successful implementation of this law will require close collaboration among parents, behavior analysts, other professionals, and policymakers. Arguments for insurance coverage will be articulated and supported with evidence on the efficacy and medical necessity of ABA intervention for autism, the costs and cost savings of insurance coverage, and the qualifications of providers. This workshop will provide participants with information, suggested strategies, and supporting resources for working with insurance companies to obtain coverage of ABA intervention in individual cases; and developing regulations to implement legislative mandates for insurance coverage of ABA interventions.  Finally, the appropriate interface of educational services and mental health services will be presented.

Speaker Bio:
Dr. Larsson is the Executive Director of Clinical Services at the Lovaas Institute Midwest, where he implements a program of intensive early intervention services for families of children who suffer from severe behavior disorders and autism.  He has been providing intensive early intervention services since 1976, and has supervised such services since 1983.  He consults and presents worldwide on Applied Behavior Analysis.  He is the honorary President of the Fundacion Planeta Imaginario of Barcelona, Spain.  He serves on the Board of Directors of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, the Autism Recovery Foundation, and the Autism Advisory Board of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies.  He also served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts.  He was the incorporator and first Executive Director of both the Autism Behavior Therapy Alliance and FEAT of Minnesota.  He consults worldwide on insurance and Medicaid coverage for intensive early intervention.  In Minnesota, he authored a law for Medicaid coverage of intensive early intervention.  He has published research papers on early intervention, autism, social skills, parenting, and human rights.  He is known for developing the Language Matrix curriculum, which has been translated into five languages.  He holds adjunct faculty appointments at the University of Minnesota and the University of Kansas.  He received his Doctoral degree in Developmental and Child Psychology from the University of Kansas, under the guidance of Drs. R. Vance Hall and Donald M. Baer. 

Speaker Bio:
Judith Ursitti is Director of State Government Affairs for Autism Speaks. A CPA by trade, Judith became involved in autism advocacy after the diagnosis of her son, Jack, with autism in 2005. She has worked in more than a dozen states to pass, implement and expand autism specific legislation, including New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. She lived in Dover, MA with her husband Andy and her two children.

Frank Cicero Ph.D, BCBA-D

Session Title: Ethical and practical issues to troubleshoot when implementing intensive and sensitive interventions

Summary: Professionals frequently design, suggest and implement behavioral interventions that need to be implemented consistently and correctly in order to be effective. Problems sometimes arise when ethical and practical issues seemingly prevent the implementation of the treatment plans in certain environments. Instead of abandoning interventions and avoiding important topic areas, the treatment team needs to sit down and troubleshoot how to work around these issues. The current talk will discuss these difficulties as they relate to topics such as toilet training, sexuality, treatment of eating difficulties, etc. In order to enhance the workshop content, time will be left for audience discussion.

Speaker Bio:
Dr. Cicero began his career at Eden II as a School Psychologist in 1996. Currently he serves as the Director of Psychological Services for both the Educational and OMRDD programs. He is a New York State Licensed Psychologist, and a certified school psychologist receiving his Masters degree in School Psychology from St. John’s University and his Doctorate in Educational Psychology from the Graduate Center, City University of New York .He is also a board certified behavior analyst. In addition to his position at Eden II, Dr. Cicero is an adjunct instructor in applied behavior analysis at Caldwell College, New Jersey, conducts social skills training groups for children and adults with asperger’s disorder and is currently on the board of the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis. He frequently conducts workshops, consultations and research presentations nationally and has been published in the areas of toilet training and developmental disabilities.

Mary E. McDonald, Ph.D., BCBA 

Director of Outreach and Consultation Programs, Eden II Programs


Speaker Bio:

Dr. McDonald is the Director of Outreach and Consultation Programs and Chairperson of Eden II’s Research Review Committee. In addition, she is an Assistant Professor in the Special Education Program at Hofstra University where she coordinates and teaches a course sequence in applied behavior analysis.She has nearly 20 years experience directing programs for students with autism spectrum disorders utilizing the principles of ABA. She received her Ph.D. in Learning Processes from the Graduate Center, City University of New York, and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Dr. McDonald currently serves on the Board of the Association for Science in Autism Treatment.

Bobby Newman Ph.D, BCBA-D 

 Session on Ethics 

 Speaker Bio:
Bobby Newman is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Licensed Psychologist. Bobby is the first author on nine books regarding behavior therapy, the philosophy of behaviorism, the autism spectrum disorders, and utopian literature. He has published over two dozen articles in professional journals, as well as numerous popular magazine articles. A popular speaker, Bobby also provides direct treatment, staff training and consultation around the world, and has been honored for this work by several parents and professional groups. He is currently the interim director of Stony Brook's BCBA program. Bobby is a lay leader with the Full Inclusion Living and Learning Unitarian Universalist Society (FILL UUS) and a Religious Exploration/Education facilitator for the South Nassau Unitarian Universalist Congregation (SNUUC). He is the director of Room to Grow and co-founder of the CUP Cafe (Coffee's Untapped Potential), a Fair Trade coffee cafe staffed entirely by individuals with developmental disabilities.




ABA Organizations
ASAT- Association for Science in Autism Treatment
ELIJA- Empowering Long Island's Journey through Autism
NYSABA- New York State Association of Behavior Analysis
APBA- Assocation of Professional Behavior Analysts

The ELIJA School
Thivierge & Rothberg P.C.
Achieve Beyond USA
The Family Center for Autism (Life's WORC)
The SAGE Colleges, Esteves School of Education
Access 7 Services , Inc
All About Kids
The Center for autism and Related Disorders
Different Roads to Learning



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