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ABA and SLP: Strategies for Improving Quality Outcomes

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Presenters: Joanne Gerenser, Ph.D., CCC-SLP and Mary McDonald, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA 

Date: Wednesday, June 20, 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 Intermendiate Level: Professional Area



Joanne Gerenser, Ph.D., CCC-SLP and Mary MacDonald, Ph.D., BCBA-D, B.A. are both receiving Honoraruims and donating it to the Eden II/Genesis Programs of which they are employed.


Joanne Gerenser, Ph.D., CCC-SLP and Mary MacDonald, Ph.D., BCBA-D, B.A. have no non-financial relationships to disclose.


The Radisson Hotel, 110 Vandrebilt Motor Parkway, Hauppauge, NY 11788

Workshop Coordinator

Emily Santamarina, M.A., CCC-SLP

Director of Speech-Language Pathology


This presentation will feature a discussion on the meeting of the minds between speech pathologists and behavior analysts.  We believe these fields have much to offer each other and together they equal more than the sum of their parts.  There will be discussion about interventions used with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder as well as the language used by each discipline to describe interventions.  Specific strategies based in applied behavior analysis will be reviewed as to how they can be utilized to enhance speech and language programming.  Case study discussion will also be included.  The importance of being interdisciplinary and working together to produce better outcomes will be an area of focus. 


Joanne Gerenser, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Dr. Gerenser began working at Eden II in 1982 as a speech therapist. She received her Master’s degree in Speech and Hearing at the Ohio State University and her Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Science at the City University of New York Graduate Center. She is an adjunct Assistant Professor at Brooklyn College as well as Penn State University. Dr. Gerenser is a member of the Scientific Advisory Council for the Organization for Autism Research. She is on the boards of Heaven’s Hands Community Services, the Interagency Council of New York, the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis, and the Staten Island Not for Profit Association. Dr. Gerenser has also co-authored the interactive CD-ROM entitled ‘Behavioral Programming for Children with Autism. She has authored several book chapters and articles on autism and developmental disabilities. She is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis. She sits on a number of Professional Advisory Boards for several programs serving children and adults with autism in the US and abroad. She has received numerous awards for her work with children and adults with autism, including the Nassau Suffolk Autism Lifetime Achievement Award, the Mosaic Foundation’s Educator of Excellence Award, the Elija Chariot Award, and the Lou Miller Business Leadership Award. 

Mary McDonald, Ph.D., BCBA-D LBA 

Dr. McDonald is the Associate Executive Director for Long Island Programs and Chairperson of Eden II’s Research Review Committee. In addition, she is an Associate Professor in the Special Education Program at Hofstra University where she directs and teaches a course sequence in applied behavior analysis. She has nearly 25 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-Doctoral level and a licensed behavior analyst. Dr. McDonald currently serves on a number of advisory boards. 

**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. Identify at least 2 ways in which a speech pathologist and a behavior analyst can collaborate to improve quality outcomes.

2. Identify at least 2 ways in which behavior analysts can provide support to a speech pathologist working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. 

3. Identify at least one intervention that can be used by both speech pathologists and behavior analysts to increase communication/socialization. 

4. Describe an example of how speech pathology and behavior analysis can compliment each other and work together to promote student outcomes.


5:30-5:45 Registration/Light Refreshments

5:45-6:15 Introduction and Discussion of Speech and Behavior Analysis Disciplines

6:15-6:45 Discussion of the Importance of Collaboration in Promoting Quality Outcomes and Student Success

6:45-7:00 Discussion of the Importance of the Behavior Analyst’s Expertise Working with Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

7:00-7:15 Break

7:15-8:00 Discussion of Specific Behavior Analytic Strategies that can be used to Promote Quality Outcome for Students with ASD

8:00-8:45 Discussion of Case Studies Depicting Collaboration and use of Behavioral Principles

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.



June 20th, 2018 5:30 PM   through   June 28th, 2018 9:00 PM
110 Vanderbilt Motor Parkway
Hauppauge, NY 11788
United States
Event Fee(s)
Individual Fee $ 85.00