Making Sense of Autism:
A Personal Perspective
By Astrid Liddel
My name is Astrid Liddel, and I have autism. You probably have lots of ideas about what I might be like, just by seeing the word ‘autism’ in conjunction with my name. Some of those ideas might have some truth to them, while others might not. So I will tell you about myself so you can see what I am actually like. Hopefully, this will inspire you to see autistic people in a different light.
We are excited to announce that CBS will open a new location on June 15, 2018, in San Diego! Located at 4025 Camino Del Rio South, Suite 300 in Mission Valley, the San Diego Training Center is on the south side of Interstate 8 and one block east of Interstate 15 — about 8 miles from downtown. It is CBS’ third physical location and is for recruiting and staff training only.
Dr. Joyce Tu, Ed.D., BCBA-D, Director of Center for Behavioral Sciences was an invited lecturer again this week, at Pepperdine University’s Irvine Graduate Campus. Dr. Tu’s presentation was entitled “A Brief Introduction to Effective ABA Programs for Individuals with Autism,” for a class of future clinical psychologists. This provided an overview of ABA and best practices in clinical settings. It is always great to work with a new group of future practitioners, ready to improve lives!
On March 9, 2018, CBS’ Director Dr. Joyce Tu, along with CBS’ Assistant Director Ronald Moreno, Clinical Manager Alex Silva, and behavior consultant Angie Montero presented two original behavior analytic research studies in a poster session, as part of the California Association for Applied Behavior Analysis 36th Annual Western Regional Conference in Santa Clara. The studies are entitled “Teaching Metaphorical Tacts to Individuals Diagnosed with Autism,” and “Teaching Autoclitic Responses to Children Diagnosed with Autism.” CBS is proud of its ongoing contributions to the field of applied behavior analysis, and we are grateful to all study participants.
Center for Behavioral Sciences, Inc. is excited to announce the addition of Dr. Shaji Haq to the CBS team! Dr. Haq will serve as CBS’ Clinical Director, effective January 16, 2018. Dr. Haq is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst‒Doctoral (BCBA-D) with a Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Oregon. Dr. Haq earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego, in 2009, his Educational Specialist (Ed.S) degree in School Psychology at California State University, Fresno, in 2012, and he has been a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) since 2012.
By Dr. Joyce Tu, Ed.D., BCBA-D
Caring for a loved one with developmental disabilities can pose unique challenges, which are not always adequately addressed by conventional methods. We have covered how to tackle toilet troubles and chronic sleeping issues. Below, Dr. Joyce Tu, Ed.D, BCBA-D, shares one program to help parents and caretakers introduce new foods to picky eaters. From a behavior analyst’s perspective, eating may be addressed using the following framework: