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POSTED: JUN 05, 2012
Vicki Isler, Ed.D., BCBA-D, a clinical director and school principal at Children’s Care, will be the presenter. Isler has an extensive background in education and residential services. Before moving to South Dakota in January 2007, she was employed with the Eden Family of Services for 15 years in both the New Jersey and Florida programs.

The course is designed for parents and other family members interested in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), teaching participants to understand the learning characteristics of children with developmental disabilities and how they differ from children who develop typically.

The course also will teach ABA’s principles and how to use them effectively in a home environment; the importance of determining why behaviors occur; choosing and teaching replacement skills; understanding the importance of reinforcement in both teaching and behavior reduction, and earning how to make it all work with a family and its extended structure.

The hands-on workshop will meet weekly through April 25. During the sessions, participants will learn a skill to take home and implement throughout the week.

It also covers how to assess behavioral concerns in the home environment and includes developing a specifically designed behavior plan for the participant’s family.

The course is free. It will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 28, March 7, 14, 21 and 28, and April 11, 18 and 25.

Register online at and click on Applied Behavior Analysis for Parents.

Children’s Care provides ABA-based services for individuals with significant cognitive, medical and/or  behavioral deficits, including autism and related disorders.

Isler has received a BA in psychology from Rider University in New Jersey, a MA in school psychology from Rowan University in New Jersey and an Ed.D. in educational leadership at Nova Southeastern University in Florida.

She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at the doctoral level and holds PK-12 principal and career superintendent certifications through the South Dakota Department of Education. Isler is an adjunct professor in the psychology department at South Dakota State University in Brookings.

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