Dr. Amanda DiGangi is back, (with a new name) to share research updates on Play Based ABA. This webinar will give an outline of play and extend beyond her 2017 & 2019 talks with updated research and applications for play-based ABA.

As we see an increasing trend toward earlier diagnosis of children on the autism spectrum, we are also seeing an increased need for ABA therapy for all children with developmental disabilities and delays. Our field is growing and expanding in so many ways, yet young children with diagnoses other than ASD are being left behind due to limits on the insurance mandates for ABA therapy. This presentation, an expansion of the first two, will provide an overview of the benefits of a play-based approach for young learners and describe the components that mak e a play-based approach effective. Case studies on its use with infants as young as 4 months old as well as BST training for RBT fluency will also be shared. Dr. DiGangi will make the case for the importance of reaching more and more of your communities through service expansion beyond ASD, to other vulnerable populations. The presentation will outline basic types of play and their importance to overall development, as well as review some of the play deficits commonly seen in youngsters with autism, developmental disabilities, or developmental delays. Finally, the presentation will describe in detail how to conduct a play-based ABA program with a young child, the importance of family input and participation, data collection, and compare and contrast this approach with more traditional ABA programming.

About the Presenter

Amanda DiGangi
Dr. Amanda DiGangi is a clinical associate professor of applied behavior analysis in Arizona State University’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. She has worked in the field for over 30 years, starting out as a teacher and therapist and moving on to specialist and consultant as she earned her graduate degrees. Most famously, she has the distinction of being the last doctoral student of Dr. Jim Gilliam (Gilliam Autism Rating Scale; Gilliam Asperger Disorder Scale). As a doctoral level Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D), she has served roles including consultant to public schools and community based centers, trainer, program supervisor, expert witness, researcher and university faculty. She has presented worldwide on ABA, autism, developmental disabilities, early intervention, and play. She has authored numerous peer reviewed professional publications, and authored/co-authored and/or edited several books, book chapters. Amanda’s research interests lie primarily with infants and toddlers, using play-based approaches to increasing functional skills. Amanda’s newest hobby is applied animal behavior and she currently volunteers with both shelter dogs and zoo animals! When not teaching, writing, presenting, researching or volunteering, Amanda can be found enjoying walks and outings with her husband and their two Great Pyrenees rescues.

Course information

  • Title: Play with Purpose
  • Presenter: Amanda DiGangi Ph.D., BCBA-D
  • Duration: 1 hour and 40 minutes
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