Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Interventions (NDBIs) combine ABA strategies with the science of developmental psychology to affect developmentally important and socially acceptable outcomes for young children with autism. This presentation will provide an overview of practical methods to implement NDBI strategies within behavioral treatment programs. Examples highlighting the application of NDBI strategies across a range of learners and feasible tips for including NDBI strategies within comprehensive ABA-based programs will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Attendees will be able to identify NDBI strategies.
  2. Attendees will identify practical methods for implementing NDBI strategies within comprehensive ABA programs.
  3. Attendees will learn about ways to implement NDBI strategies across a range of settings.

About the Presenter

Melanie Pellecchia
Dr. Pellecchia is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Psychiatry Department at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. She is a licensed clinical psychologist, Nationally Certified School Psychologist, and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Dr. Pellecchia's clinical and research interests lie in improving the implementation of evidence-based treatments for children with autism spectrum disorders in under-served communities. She is an expert in delivering, and training others to deliver, high quality treatments for young children with autism. She has extensive experience developing and evaluating publicly-funded programs for children with autism spectrum disorder, and working with teachers, staff, and administrators to improve their implementation of evidence-based practices. Dr. Pellecchia's research is focused on partnering with community-stakeholders to develop implementation strategies that are feasible, sustainable, and appropriate for use in community settings, and that increase the use of evidence-based intervention strategies. Her most recent body of work is centered around developing strategies to improve the implementation of parent coaching and successfully engaging parents of young children with autism in their child's treatment.
Meghan Kane
Meghan Kane is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and has a master's degree from Temple University's applied behavior analysis program. She is currently working at the Penn Center for Mental Health at the University of Pennsylvania providing support for programs servicing children with autism. She is the Clinical Director for the Early Childhood Program at Hall Mercer and oversees the implementation of naturalistic developmental behavioral intervention (NDBI) in a group setting.. Meghan also has experience with parent-mediated interventions, as well as staff supervision and professional development for those working in the field of autism intervention.

Course information

  • Title: Practical Applications of NDBI
  • Presenter: Melanie Pellecchia PhD, BCBA, NCSP, Meghan Kane MSEd, BCBA
  • Duration: 1 hour and 40 minutes
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