Centre for Applied Disability Studies




Dr. Ivy Chong


Early Indicators of Autism Spectrum Disorders and the Power of Behavior Analysis

November 20, 2015
Abstract - Highlighting the critical role of early diagnosis and intervention in ameliorating the symptoms of ASD, this presentation will focus on early indicators for developmental delay and behavior problems. The purpose of this presentation is to convey the power of ABA by describing an array of behavior analytic treatment methods, all of which are readily applicable to persons with ASD and, the behavior of all organisms. Skilled ABA practice requires expertise in the basic science of behavior, methods of measuring and evaluating behavior change, the technology of ABA, and its conceptual framework.

Biography - Dr. Ivy Chong is visiting from the Florida Institute of Technology and has worked in the area of developmental disabilities for 20 years, is a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA-D), and a licensed psychologist in Michigan and Florida. She has substantial clinical experience in supervising intensive treatment programs for children diagnosed with autism and related disabilities, and training students at the graduate and undergraduate level. Currently, Dr. Chong is the Director of Autism Services and Training at the Scott Center for Autism Treatment and an associate professor with the College of Psychology and Liberal Arts. She oversees the pediatric assessment clinic to diagnose or rule out autism spectrum disorders and has an special interest in children from birth to five.


CADS 4th edition ABA Course Sequence gets BACB APPROVAL!

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® has approved the following course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Examination®. In addition to completion of their course sequence, applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify to write the exam per the BCBA requirements at their time of application (e.g. supervised experience). The courses in CADS BCBA APPROVED SEQUENCE include, ADST 5P70, ADST 5P71, ADST 5P72, ADST 5P73, ADST 5P74, ADST 5P75, ADST 5P76, and ADST 5P42 or ADST 5V70 (electives-students are required to take only one of these two options).

This approval means that, when graduates from the CADS MA, MADS, and Diploma ABA stream programs apply for BCBA certification, they will not be required to submit specific course information as our course sequence is approved. The on-line application will allow you to select Brock University and then select the course numbers that you have taken from a pull-down menu. The interim measures & memo put into place for students who graduated in June 2014 with the new sequence are no longer required. However, when you upload your coursework before the 4th Edition Task list takes effect on January 1, 2015, you will see a message that states, "You have NOT entered a sufficient number of hours to meet the BACB coursework Requirements."  This is  a known bug in the application system, as it is still configured to accept 3rd Edition Task List Course Sequences. Do not be concerned, the BACB is aware of this, and I received the following correspondence from our contact,

"The online application only reflects the standards under which applicants are currently qualifying, which is the 3rd Edition. If a student has completed an entire 4th Edition sequence, we will accept that as having met the 3rd Edition requirements. However, the system doesn't “know” that and may say they don’t have enough hours, especially in assessment. The system will allow anyone to continue through and submit their application even if they appear not to have met the coursework requirements. Our staff members know to accept 4th Edition sequences when they are processing transcripts."  

Please rest assured that these are typical glitches during a transition period, and happen to most, if not all, 4th edition sequence grads from other universities as well.  If you have any further questions related to BCBA course sequence can be directed to Dr. Rosemary Condillac.

CADS In the News

Master's student research helps children with Autism Spectrum Disorder - complete article available here.

Brock researchers help autistic youth develop communication and social skills - complete article available here.
October Podcast: Autism with Dr. Dr. Maureen Connolly, Dr. Kimberly Maich, Dr. Rebecca Ward - available here.


CADS Congratulates

Congratulations to Naomi Johnson for receiving the Volunteer of the Year Award at Bethesda Services, Thorold - read the full article in Brock News.

Congratulations to Dr. Andrew McNamara on receiving the ONTABA Teaching Award for Excellence in Behaviour Analysis, December 2014.  This is the 2nd time Dr. Andrew McNamara has been the recipient of this distinguished teaching award.

Congratulations to Dr. Julie Koudys & Dr. Kimberley Zonneveld on being appointed to the ONTABA Board of Directors.


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