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Bullying and ASD: The Perfect Storm

Center for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis at Autism Partnership

Thursday, April 11, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM (PDT)

Registration Information

Type End Quantity
General Registration
For participants who are attending the workshop for general information and do not need CEUs (Continuing Education Units). With General Registration you will not receive a Certificate of Attendance.
Ended Free  
Registration with General Certificate for alternate CEUs   more info Ended Free  
Registration for ASHA Member with .6 CEUs Level: Intermediate; Area: Professional   more info Ended Free  
Registration for BACB Certificant with 7, Type 2 CEUs   more info Ended Free  
Registration for APA Member with 6 CEU Credits   more info Ended Free  
Registration for BBS Licensee with 6 CEU Hours   more info Ended Free  

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Event Details

Registration and Workshop Details: Bullying and ASD

Due to space considerations, walk-up registrations cannot be accepted.  All participants must pre-register online.

General Registration—Most participants attending the seminar should register under “General Registration”. This category of ticket is for participants who are attending for general knowledge and do not need  Continuing Education Units (CEUs).  The alternate registration categories (below) include the processing fee for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) as needed to maintain autism-related professional licenses or certificates. 

Continuing Education Units for Professionals—Autism Partnership is an approved Continuing Education Provider for the following four (4) autism-related associations: ASHA, BBS, APA and BACB.

During on-line registration, you will be able to select a ticket that will register you to receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon completion of the workshop. (You should not choose "general registration").  You may sign-up to receive more than one CEU when registering IF you have certification numbers for more than one of the following associations. 

CEUs Pending Approval are:

    • ASHA (0.6 units -Level: Intermediate; Area: Professional) and
    • BACB (7 type 2 units) and
    • APA (6 credits) and
    • BBS (6 hours)

If you are not associated with ASHA, BACB, APA or BBS, you can choose a “General CEUs” ticket. By registering under General CEUs, the participant is responsible for taking their certificate of attendance to their governing board, state or school district to negotiate if this workshop meets their requirements for continuing education. Since Autism Partnership is not affiliated with alternate boards, CEUs are not guaranteed.

Each Association has different requirements for participants to complete.  Prior to earning the CEUs, participants must:

·       Register under the name used by ASHA, BACB, BBS or APA (for example, if your certification or license is under a maiden name or nickname, you must register under that name)

·       Sign in/out on workshop day (ASHA requires participants to sign in/out for lunch as well)

·       Complete and submit back to Autism Partnership the required packet on workshop day

·       Pick up your certificate of attendance at the end of the workshop

·       Attend the entire workshop day. We are unable to provide partial CEUs. Please make arrangements to attend the full workshop

PRINT YOUR TICKET-At the conclusion of your on-line registration, your registration summary will be emailed to you from “Eventbrite”. Please download, print and bring this registration summary with you to the workshop (this is your ticket). This will expedite the check-in process for everyone.

ARRIVAL--Please arrive at Old Ranch County Club in Seal Beach, CA between 7:45 – 8:15 am for check-in. There will be a large number of participants parking and checking-in, so please arrive early. Coffee and refreshments will be available for all who arrive early.

PARKING—Enter at the intersection of Lampson and Basswood.  Do not enter at the Old Ranch “practice” facility.  There is limited free parking available in the lot at Old Ranch Country Club.  Your effort to meet up with and carpool with family, friends or colleagues is necessary and appreciated.  We will host a free raffle for all those who carpool so please meet up and arrive at the workshop with a full car.  Plenty of street parking is available in the neighborhoods surrounding the Old Ranch.

LUNCH-There will be a lunch break when participants can leave to pick up a quick lunch. For your convenience, we will provide directions to restaurants about one mile away.  There are many choices: In & Out, Subway, Chipotle, Panera Bread, Pei Wei, Rubio’s Mexican grill, Z-Pizza and much, much more.

If you prefer, you can pre-purchase a box lunch or salad offered by Old Ranch Country Club for $12.50.  They have a beautiful patio off the golf course where you can dine.  More information and Pre-ordering procedures are available at our website  (www.autismpartnership.com) through  April 3, 2013  

AVAILABLE PRODUCTS-Autism Partnership's Books and Instructional Booklets with Demonstration DVDs will be available for purchase. Pre-ordering is available!  To learn more about our materials and how to pre-order and pick up purchases at the workshop, check out our website at www.autismpartnership.com.

OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS:  Ayres Hotels, an upscale boutique hotel, is location very close to Old Ranch Country Club.  Contact Ayres Hotels directly to make your reservation.   Mention “Autism Partnership” by March 15th to receive a special rate of $ 139 per night.   Rooms sell out quickly.  Ayres Hotel Seal Beach location and contact info:  12850 Seal Beach Blvd., Seal Beach, CA  90740  phone--562-596-8330   www.ayreshotels.com.

ADDITIONAL INFO If you have any questions or if there is anything we can do to make your workshop experience more pleasant and beneficial for you, do not hesitate to contact: Shelli Imfeld via email simfeld@autismpartnership.com (preferred) or (562) 485-7036.

“Bullying and ASD:  The Perfect Storm”

Presented by: Ronald Leaf, Ph.D., Tracee Parker, Ph.D. and Mitchell Taubman, Ph.D. 


Bullying has become a prominent issue in today’s world. Interactive Autism Network (2012) surveyed 1,167 parents and found that 63% of children with ASD have been bullied at some point in their life. Whether in the form of cyber bullying, verbal abuse or physical assault, students with ASD are being intimidated and tormented by peers on an ongoing basis. The increase in prevalence is staggering and what we are doing is simply not working.

A number of strategies have been employed to decrease bullying.  All too often they are simply ineffective.  Sometimes they even result in an even worse situation with bullies becoming more emboldened and cruel. Since traditional strategies have been largely ineffective for children with ASD, this workshop will explore using strategies that are outside the box.

o    Prevalence of Bullying in Children with ASD

o    Vulnerability of Student’s with ASD       

o    Psychology of Bullying

o    Effects of Bullying       

o    Traditional Approaches to Dealing with Bullying 

o     Alternative Approaches 

About the Presenters


Dr. Ronald Leaf is a licensed psychologist who has over thirty years of experience in the field of autism. Dr. Leaf began his career working with Professor Ivar Lovaas, while receiving his undergraduate degree at UCLA.  Subsequently, he received his doctorate under the direction of Dr. Lovaas. During his professional training at UCLA, he served as Clinic Supervisor, Research Psychologist, Lecturer, and Interim Director of the Young Autism Project. He was extensively involved in many of the Young Autism Project research investigations, contributed to The Me Book, and is co-author of The Me Book Videotapes, a series of instructional tapes offering training for teaching autistic children. He is co-author of A Work in Progress, a manual on behavioral treatment of autism, It’s Time for School! Building Quality ABA Educational Programs For Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Sense And Nonsense In The Behavioral Treatment of Autism: It Has To Be Said and Crafting Connections: Contemporary Applied Behavior Analysis for Enriching the Social Lives of Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Dr. Leaf has consulted nationally and internationally to families, school districts, day programs and residential treatment facilities. Dr. Leaf served as the Director of Straight Talk’s Developmental Disabilities Services division for 15 years. This program provided residential and day treatment for adults with developmental disabilities. Dr. Leaf is also the Executive Director of Behavior Therapy and Learning Center, a mental health agency providing treatment, consultation and related services to parents, program staff and school personnel in the United States.

Dr. Tracee Parker has over 25 years of treatment and research experience in the field of Autism and Developmental Disabilities and earned a Doctoral Degree in Psychology from UCLA in 1990.  Her training experience included five years working on the UCLA Young Autism Project directed by Dr. Ivar Lovaas.  During this time she served in the capacities of teaching and research assistant as well as Clinic Supervisor.  As a research assistant, Dr. Parker was closely involved in a number of studies including long term treatment follow-up of young autistic children and changes in self-stimulatory behavior during treatment.  Dr. Parker worked 12 years at Straight Talk Clinic, Inc., a residential and day behavioral treatment program, serving adults with developmental disabilities. She served as Associate Director until 1997.  Dr. Parker is currently a Clinical Associate with Autism Partnership and Associate Director for Behavior Therapy and Learning Center.  Dr. Parker has presented at national and international conferences in the areas of behavioral treatment, autism and social/sexual issues and intervention.  Over the past 20 years, she has provided consultation to residential and day programs, school districts, families and other related agencies

Dr. Mitchell Taubman worked with Dr. Lovaas as an undergraduate at UCLA in the early 1970s. He treated children with autism, ADHD and other disorders. He then attended the University of Kansas, studying with such founders of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) as Dr. Donald Baer, Dr. Todd Risely, Dr. James Sherman, and his doctoral advisor, Dr. Montrose Wolf.  After completing his Ph.D., Dr. Taubman returned to UCLA and served as adjunct assistant professor of psychology and as co-principal investigator with Dr. Lovaas on a federal grant directed at autism treatment. One of his special interests in Teaching Interactions which he brought from the Kansas model to autism treatment. After his post-doctoral work, Dr. Taubman obtained his license as a clinical psychologist and served as clinical director of Straight Talk, a program providing residential and day treatment services to adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. He currently serves as Director of Autism Partnership, where he provides treatment oversight, training and consultation around the world. Dr. Taubman is the co-author of It’s Time for School! Building Quality ABA Educational Programs For Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders and Sense And Nonsense In The Behavioral Treatment of Autism: It Has To Be Said and Crafting Connections: Contemporary Applied Behavior Analysis for Enriching the Social Lives of Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder.





Have questions about Bullying and ASD: The Perfect Storm? Contact Center for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis at Autism Partnership

When & Where

Old Ranch Country Club
3901 Lampson Avenue
Seal Beach, CA 90740

Thursday, April 11, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM (PDT)

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