Presented by: Dawn Holman, Ph.D.
Hosted by: FAU CARD
About the Presenter:
Dr. Holman is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, doctoral level. She received her BA in Psychology from UCLA, where she worked with Dr. Ivar Lovaas for the Young Autism Project from 1991-1993. Dr. Holman is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Masters in Clinical Psychology. She received her Doctorate in Educational Psychology and Instructional Technology from USC in 2003 where her research in the area of reading comprehension and autism won her a dissertation of merit award: It also gave her the opportunity to give the key-note address at the graduation ceremony. Dr. Holman has worked in the field of behavioral therapy for over 20 years, as a clinician and Executive Director of Autism Spectrum Consultants, Inc in San Diego. Dr. Holman has presented both nationally and internationally for a variety of institutions such as the Autism Society of America, the California Association of Behavior Analysts and the International Association of Behavior Analysts at their annual conventions. She has presented workshops and in-services for both private and non-profit organizations around the world.
Students on the autism spectrum can often present as proficient readers, especially in the early elementary grades. By the time they reach 2nd or 3rd grade however, deficits in reading comprehension begin to become more apparent. One possible explanation for this is actually due to a more global deficit in comprehension, specially in social inferential comprehension. The Theory of Mind deficit that was identified in even the highest functioning children on the spectrum in the 1980’s is still the leading explanation. To have a Theory of Mind is to be able to attribute mental states to oneself and others. Simply put, it is the ability to take someone else’s perspective. If perspective taking abilities are deficient in the "real world”, they may serve to explain why there are reading comprehension deficits that often plague our students when it comes to understanding emotions, cause and effect, making predictions and inferences within a text.
This presentation will offer a thorough explanation of Theory of Mind, reading comprehension and offer suggestions on how to teach requisite skills in order to help students become better social inferential comprehenders – and readers!
Additionally, 6 ASHA, BCBA, Social Work, Mental Health, M&F CEUs for $75 during advanced registration ($90 onsite). Registration for the conference is required. Please note: CEU's are available for onsite attendees only!
Registration is required.
Online registration ends February 2nd at 12 p.m. Onsite registration will be available on campus the day of the event.