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Promoting Functional Communication Within and Outside the ABA Paradigm

CARD Winter Training Series

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Dr. Biji Philip will present the training  “Promoting Functional Communication Within and Outside the ABA Paradigm” as part of the CARD Winter Training Series, a special virtual live and on-demand event, on Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Healthcare professionals and researchers working in the autism spectrum disorder (ASD) field, family members, and community members are all welcome to register at Professionals will be able to earn continuing education units (CEUs) for a small fee. 

Training Description:

Social communication deficits are the hallmark symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and often impact social communication across different contexts (school, home, community) and across different communication partners (teachers, peers, family). This presentation primarily provides an overview of intervention strategies that promote context-specific communication and identify functionally relevant goals within ABA-based interventions and semi-structured or naturalistic interventions.


  • Participants will gain knowledge of evidence-based practices for intervention for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
  • Participants will gain an understanding of intervention approaches used in children with ASD (traditional ABA, contemporary ABA, and naturalistic interventions).
  • Participants will understand the intricacies of the ABA dilemma (maintenance goals, generalization to multiple contexts) as it relates to interventions.
  • Participants will identify functionally relevant goals (within and outside the ABA paradigm) with clinical case examples.
  • Participants will learn strategies to promote functional communication (contexts, conversational partners)—examples for therapists, educators, and parents/families.

About the Speaker:

Biji Philip, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an assistant director, clinical operations, at Kennedy Krieger Institute's Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD). She graduated with her doctoral degree in communication disorders from Bowling Green State University, Ohio, specializing in children with autism spectrum disorders. Prior to joining CARD, Dr. Philip worked as the Head of the Special Education Department in an IB school overseeing the multi-disciplinary services students received to address their needs. She also provided speech and language intervention services for students with significant communication difficulties in a variety of classroom contexts (general education classrooms, self-contained classrooms). Her clinical experience includes diagnosing children with autism spectrum disorders using the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2) and state-of-the-art speech and language assessment tools. She also has several years of experience providing evidence-based interventions (e.g. Discrete Trial Training, Pivotal Response Treatment, Picture Exchange Communication System, Incidental/Milieu teaching, routine-based teaching the use of alternative and/or augmentative communication devices) to promote communicative success in children with ASD. Her research interests include effective language assessments and interventions in autism spectrum disorders, enhancing narrative language abilities in children with communicative impairments, communication.


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Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) does not take responsibility for information shared in this public event. Please keep all questions general and do not disclose personal health information (PHI).

Tuesday, March 9 at 11:30am to 12:30pm

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