Behavior Analysis Association of Michigan Conference Agenda
Ypsilanti Radisson and Conference Center


Thursday, March 17, 1994


9-9:30 a.m.  Corporate Education Center Lobby

Registration (Open all day)


Workshop 1    Thursday 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. continues 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Teaching Language to Autistic and Developmentally Disabled Individuals   Mark L. Sundberg (Behavior Analysts, Inc., Danville, CA)

In this workshop participants will learn how to use the basic concepts from Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior (i.e., mands, tacts, and intraverbals) to assess and provide language skills training for autistic and developmentally disabled individuals.  In addition, participants will learn how to establish a language-based environment which can be implemented across both home and school settings.  A major emphasis will be placed on identifying methods to enhance and utilize motivational variables (establishing operations) to teach language in both structured teaching sessions and in on-going activities including playtime.  Methods of data collection and tracking will also be presented, along with techniques for coordinating the ongoing decision making necessary for effective language intervention.  Issues such as facilitated communication, sign language, symbol boards, and disruptive behavior will also be discussed.  This workshop would be appropriate for behavior analysts, students, teachers of autistic children and classroom instruction aids, as well as parents and in-home workers.

Cost:  $60 per person


Workshop 2    Thursday 9:30 a.m. – 12:30  p.m. 

Maximum Performance Management  I   J. Silva Goncalves (Maximum Performance Management, Inc, Ridgewood Psychology Center, and State of Michigan Corrections)

Learn and enjoy 19 MPM exercises for reengineering individual and group performance.  Master the three elements for success from the classroom to the corporate executive suite.  Participants will acquire skills to mentor, motivate self, and others.  Additionally, learn to control ambulatory delirium, the cause for conflict and unhappiness.  The MPM curriculum culminates in a Success Day to promote positive organizational cultures.

 Cost:  $35 per person (includes a free copy of the MPM workbook.)


Workshop 3  Thursday 9:30 a.m. – 12:30  p.m.

Behavioral Management of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) through the Lifespan Dan Nolan

In this workshop participants will learn the primary principles that guide behavioral interventions with ADHD.  They will also learn specific ways to develop and implement techniques that address problems characteristically experienced by individuals with ADHD at different stages of development (childhood through adulthood).  Strategies will focus on dealing with such concerns as classroom and home behavior, cooperation, academic productivity and accuracy, organization, attention, self-control and socialization.  Problem solving techniques will also be discussed.  Specific case examples will be presented.

Cost: $35 per person


Workshop 4    Thursday 1:30 p.m. –  4:30  p.m. 

Maximum Performance Management  II   J. Silva Goncalves(Maximum Performance Management, Inc, Ridgewood Psychology Center, and State of Michigan Corrections)

Become an MPM trainer in your own county or state.  Trainers and managers will learn to conduct individual and group sessions in business, educational and clinical settings.  The author will explain how to network and promote yourself, the rationale for the 19 exercises, and the basics for developing your own fill or part-time business.  This program will add to your income and satisfaction.

Cost: $30 per person (includes a free copy of the MPM workbook; $60 total if enrolling in both MPM I and MPM II)


Workshop 5    Thursday 1:30 p.m. –  4:30  p.m. 

Promoting the Generalization of Behavior Change:  Making your Instruction Stick   Kim Killu and Stacey Martz (Ohio State University)

Making programming and instruction relevant for learners necessarily involves ensuring that they maintain the skills that they are taught, and that they exhibit learned skills in relevant life settings.  Strategies to promote the generalization and maintenance of trained skills are the focus of this workshop.  Participants will learn the importance of programming for generalization that can make their instruction and behavior change programs relevant for learners.  The workshop will outline a number of generalization strategies that participants can incorporate into their training and teaching.  Workshop activities will emphasize the application of such strategies to participants’ everyday instructional situations.

Cost: $35 per person



Friday, March 18, 1994


8-9 a.m.  Corporate Education Center Lobby



9-10:30 a.m. Keynote Address  Auditorium II

Facilitated Communication:  What are the Issues and What are the Alternatives? Mark L. Sundberg (Behavior Analysts, Inc., Danville, CA)


10:45 a.m. – 12:00 noon   Room A

Roundtable Discussion Mark L. Sundberg (Behavior Analysts, Inc., Danville, CA)


10:45 a.m. – 12:00 noon  Room B 

Use of Antecedent Motivating Operations in Combination with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for the Treatment of Long-Term Bulimia Nervosa.  Michele L. Rosa & Galen Alessi (Western Michigan University)


10:45 a.m. – 12:00 noon  Room C 

Armed for Life:  Preliminary Evaluation of a Token Economy for Elementary Classrooms.  Sharon Bradley-Johnson, Carl Merle Johnson, Michael Urlaub, Char Kovall, Rena Sorenson, Dave Gough, & Chris Yule (Central Michigan University)


10:45 a.m. – 12:00 noon   Room D

“Duty to Warn: What Every Clinician Should Know.”  C.C. Tiffany (Wayne Center)


12:00 noon – 1:15 p.m.

Lunch and Business Meeting


1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.  Room A

An Analysis of the Modifiability of the Breakfast Cereal Preferences of Young Children at Risk of Poor Nutrition.  Grainne A. Matthews (Western Michigan University)

Organizational Uncertainty and Students with Challenging Behaviors.  Robert A. Pena (University of Michigan-Dearborn)

Guided Notes and Achievement on Learning Disabled Students:  Three Single-Subject Replications.  Belinda Davis Lazarus (University of Michigan-Dearborn)


1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.    Room B

Issues of Compliance and Collateral Concerns in Behavior Therapy.  Russell Reeves (Special Tree Rehabilitation and Cruz Clinic)


1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.  Room C

How to Stop Using Labor Budgets as After-the-Fact Reports and Begin Using Them as Proactive Management Tools.  Dora Lezovich (Meijer, Inc.)

Making a Difference in Retail with Systems Analysis.  Maria E. Malott (Malott & Associates)

Turning Data into Information.  Brad Frieswyk (Western Michigan University)

Improving Department Performance in Large Stores.  Pam Vunovich  (Western Michigan University)

Improving Profits Through Employee Incentives.  Michael Sharkey & Carl Johnson (Central Michigan University)


1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.    Room D

Plus-Notes:  A Staff Training and Documentation System for Shaping Behavior Through Natural Consequences.  Vaughn Guild (Western Michigan University)


3:00 p,m. –  4:15 p.m Room A

How to Teach Behavior Analysis.  Richard W. Malott & Pamela Vunovich (Western Michigan University)


3:00 p,m. –  4:15 p.m Room B

Memory Training with the Demented Elderly.  Mary F. Spence  (Walter Reuther Psychiatric Hospital) Debbie Kennard (Eastern Michigan University), & Gina E. Truesdell (Eastern Michigan University)

Alternatives to Institutionalization for Elderly Persons with Chronic Mental Illness  Bonnie Hess (Geriatric Specialist Lenawee CMH)


3:00 p,m. –  4:15 p.m Room C

Applied Animal Behavior:  Case Reports for Clinical Practice  Jim Lessenberry  (Animal Behavior Institute)


3:00 p,m. –  4:15 p.m Room D

Controversial Therapy for Difficult to Manage Persons.  Peter Holmes  (Eastern Michigan University), Pat Meinhold (Western Michigan University), Susan Phelan (Parent-Advocate), Denise MacKinnon (Parent-Advocate), Norma Van Duser (Parent-Advocate)


4:15 p.m. –  6:00 p.m.

Poster Session and Cash Bar