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Functional Communication Training for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Presenter: Dana Battaglia, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Handout and Activity Sheet 1 and 2  Please print and bring to workshop.

Date: Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Sign In: 5:30pm

Conference: 5:45pm-9:00pm

LISHA Member: $60.00 (You must Sign-In to receive member pricing)

LISHA Student Member: $25.00

New LISHA Member: $110.00 (*includes 2018 LISHA dues)

New LISHA Student Member: $50.00 (*includes 2018 LISHA dues)

Non-Member Professional: $85.00

This program is offered for .3 CEU's Intermediate Level: Professional Area



Dana Battaglia, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, will receive an honorarium for her session from LISHA.


Dana Battaglia, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is a past president and past board member of LISHA.


Campo Salisbury Center, 718 The Plain Road, Westbury, NY 11590

Workshop Coordinator

Emily Santamarian, M.A., CCC-SLP

Director of Speech-Language Pathology


Functional communication training (FCT) is an intervention procedure in which practitioners address the underlying cause of a behavior (i.e., the function), and replace this behavior with some form of an appropriate communication skill. This new language behavior should meet the underlying function of the previous maladaptive behavior. In this workshop, the presenter will guide attendees through the essential steps to using FCT as a strategy for language – based intervention for speech-language pathologists, within the framework of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).


Dana Battaglia, Ph.D., CCC-SLP received her Bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from C.W. Post/Long Island University, and her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from St. John’s University in Queens, New York.  She holds a Ph.D. in the Speech-Language Hearing Sciences from the City University of New York. Dana is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and Teacher of the Speech and Hearing Handicapped in New York State.  She holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA).  Dana has conducted presentations on autism and speech-language related topics at the local, state, national and international levels. Dana has worked in a variety of settings, including private and public schools, private practice, and Early Intervention.  Currently, Dana is working as a Consultant for the Eden II/Genesis Program. In addition, she is an Associate Professor and Chair-Elect at Adelphi University.  She is a past president of the Long Island Speech-Language-Hearing Association.  

**LISHA speaker selection does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products or procedures. We reserve the right to substitute speakers due to circumstances beyond our control**

Learning Objectives

Participants will:  

1. Discuss the five functions of an observed behavior.

2. Identify two critical components of functional communication training (FCT).

3. Develop treatment objectives for individuals with ASD focusing on FCT and reducing maladaptive behavior and increasing communication.


5:30-5:45 Registration/Light Refreshments

5:45-6:15 Introduction and Definition of Functional Communication Training

6:15-6:45 Naturalistic Developmental Behavior Interventions (NDBIs)

6:45-7:15 Stimulus Control and Reinforcement Systems

7:15-7:30 Break

7:30-8:00 Introduction and Definition Functional Communication Training

8:00-8:45 Case Study Review and Clinical Implications

8:45-9:00 Questions and Answers


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Cancellations and CEU's

Cancellations are refundable if received 72 business hours prior to the event.  Please note: Registrants will receive a certificate of completion when the course has been successfully completed.  If you wish to earn ASHA CEUs you must complete ASHA CEU forms and hand them in at the completion of the workshop. 


PowerPoint/Handout Presentations will be emailed to confirmed attendees, 72 hours prior to the workshop. There will be no internet access at the venue to download handouts. You will need to either print a copy or download the file to a computer, tablet or phone before the workshop. Paper Handouts will NOT be available at the workshop.

July 11th, 2018 5:30 PM   through   9:00 PM
718 The Plain Road
Campo Salisbury Center
Westbury, NY 11590
United States
Phone: 516-626-8000
Event Fee(s)
Individual Fee $ 85.00

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