2017 Michigan Autism Conference will be held on the October 11–October 13, 2017 and will take place at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in downtown Kalamazoo, MI. We are delighted to announce the following workshops will take place at the conference.

Wednesday October 11, 2017: Half-Day Workshop

Dr. Wayne Fuqua

Wayne Fuqua

BACB Ethics: Developing Problem-Solving Strategies Through Interactive Team-Based Learning

8:00am - 12:00pm


This workshop is designed primarily for practitioners who have some familiarity with the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysis from the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB) and wish to improve their skills to (a) identify andnanalyze ethical challenges, (b) develop strategies to resolve ethical challenges, (c) refine their skills to tactfully and effectively resolve ethical challenges, and (d) obtain CEUs in the ethics domain as required for BACB recertification. Others, including licensed psychologists, who are interested in applying BACB ethical guidelines to real-world ethical challenges in practice and research are also encouraged to attend. Participants should be prepared to describe and discuss real world ethics cases in a manner that protects the identity of those individuals involved in the ethics cases.


Dr. Wayne Fuqua is a Professor of Psychology and the former Chair of the Psychology Department at Western Michigan University (1999-2013). He currently teaches courses and mentors graduate students in Clinical Psychology and Behavior Analysis at WMU. Fuqua also conducts research across a range of areas including health psychology, ethics, dissemination and developmental disabilities. A Fellow of the Association for Behavior Analysis, Dr. Fuqua has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and given numerous presentations and workshops at national and regional conferences. He has collaborated with researchers from WMU’s Sociology and Philosophy Departments on two NSF-funded projects on research ethics. He is actively involved with a number of community-based agencies that provide services to individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental and physical
disabilities. In his role as a member of the Michigan Autism Council (2013-2016), he was involved in developing, implementing and evaluating a state-wide plan to improve the quality and availability of autism services in the state of Michigan. He was recently honored with a Distinguished Service Award from Western Michigan University. He has developed a series of ABA training videos for BCBA practitioners that are available, free of charge, at

Wednesday October 11, 2017: Full-Day Workshops

Dr. James Partington

James Partington

Using the ABLLS-R® and the AFLS® to Assess Skills and Design Developmentally Appropriate Intervention Programs for Individuals with Autism

8:00am - 5:00pm


Attendees will learn to assess and analyze learners’ skills and deficits, and develop a comprehensive curriculum for learners of all ages. This workshop will teach participants
how to design developmentally appropriate instruction using the Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills- Revised (The ABLLS-R®) and the Assessment of Functional Living Skills (The AFLS®). The ABLLS-R® and the AFLS® are parent and teacher friendly assessment tools, and skills-tracking systems used to help guide the instruction of critical skills to individuals with autism or other developmental disabilities. Individuals of all ages need to learn many critical functional living skills in order to successfully participate in a wide range of home, school, and community-based activities. The AFLS® contains an extensive range of skills—some of which include traveling in the community, making purchases, seeking assistance as required, preparing meals, helping with household chores, and participating in social and leisure activities. Workshop participants will learn how to conduct an AFLS® assessment and transfer the results to the skills tracking grids. An emphasis will be placed on helping parents, other caregivers, and educators identify and prioritize functional skills that their learner needs to develop. Additionally, Dr. Partington will review the concept of conducting a task analysis—a practical and easy to implement method to break down complex tasks to help learners develop the targeted skills. By identifying skill deficits, prioritizing some learning targets for daily activities, and setting up quality instructional programs, one can make a quick and significant impact.


James W. Partington, PhD, BCBA-D is the director of Behavior Analysts, Inc., and provides services to children and their families at the STARS Clinics in Walnut Creek, California. He is a licensed psychologist and a board certified behavior analyst, doctoral level (BCBA-D), and has more than 45 years experience working with children with developmental disabilities. His expertise is in language-based intervention with children who are experiencing language delays as a result of autism and other related developmental disorders. Dr. Partington is the co-founder of a school that specialized in language-based instruction for children with autism (STARS School) and has helped several public school systems establish similar classrooms within their own districts. He has been a faculty member of several universities including West Virginia University, University of San Francisco and St. Mary’s College. Dr. Partington is a former President of the Northern California Association for Behavior Analysis and has served as a member of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. Dr. Partington has received several professional awards including the Public Service Award for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis in Florida, presented by the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis. He has co-authored the book, Teaching Language to Children with Autism or Other Developmental Disabilities, and The Assessment of Functional Living Skills (The AFLS®). He is the author of several books including The Assessment of Language and Learning Skills-Revised (The ABLLS-R®), Capturing the Motivation of Children with Autism, and Getting Started: Developing Critical Learning Skills for Children on the Autism Spectrum.

Dr. Heather McGee

Heather McGee

BCBA 8-Hour Supervision Training

8:00am - 5:00pm

Wednesday October 11, 2017: Half-Day Workshops

Dr. Williams and Dr. Seiverling


Increasing Diet Variety Among Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

8:00am - 12:00pm


Among children with autism spectrum disorders, selective eating or eating a narrow range of foods is a common problem. Selective eating is also a source of concern for both caregivers and care providers. In this presentation, selective eating among children with autism spectrum disorders is reviewed. This presentation will also describe a range of interventions that can be used by caregivers in the home setting. The interventions will be described and case examples will be provided. The goal of this information is to provide parents with practical information for use in home and community settings.


Dr. Keith Williams is a licensed psychologist and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. He has been the Director of the Feeding Program at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center for 20 years. Dr. Williams is a Professor of Pediatrics at the Penn State College of Medicine where he teaches medical students, graduate students, and medical residents. He has written over 50 book chapters and articles in the area of feeding problems and child nutrition. He is co-author of Treating eating problems of children with autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities: Interventions for professionals and parents.

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