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Consultant Information
Region(s) Served
Profile of Cilents Served
Services Provided Directly Relating to Autism
Education
Formal Coursework/Programs Specific to Autism
Supervised Practical Training Related to Autism (academic and workplace)
Professional Experience
Publications & Presentations
Snapshot of Practice as Professionals Working with Individuals with Autism
Description of fee schedule
References

Consultant Information

 

Title:

Mr

Last Name:

Stock

First Name:

Richard

Profession:

Program Manager

Agency Affiliation:

ABA Learning Centre

Street Address:

21320 Gordon Way

City:

Richmond

Province/State:

British Columbia

Postal Code/Zip Code:

V6W 1J8

Telephone: (including area code)

604.232.4122

Fax: 604.232.9515

E-mail:

richard@abacentre.ca

Website:

www.abacentre.ca

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Region Served

 

Fraser

 

Interior

 

Vancouver Coastal

X

Vancouver Island

 

North

 

Areas served within region

Primarily the North Shore, but some other areas in the Lower Mainland (e.g., Burnaby and Vancouver)


Profile of Clients Served:

Preschoolers

Ages 6 -12

Ages 13-18

 

Asperger's Syndrome

X

X

X

 

Rett's Syndrome

X

X

X

 

Autism (Autistic Disorder)

X

X

X

 

Pervasive Development Disorder Not Otherwise Specified

X

X

X


Services Provided Directly Relating to Autism

 

Individual assessment, establishing goals and priorities for treatment

X

Overall design of an individualized intervention program

X

Development of specific teaching strategies/programs

X

Training of interventionists and/or parents

X

Supervision of data collection and analysis, monitoring progress

X

Behavioural consulting, designing and supervising interventions for challenging behaviour

X

Designing, implementing, and supervising language and communication programs

X

Designing, implementing, and supervising programs related to motor skills

X

Designing, implementing, and supervising programs related to activities of daily living

X

Designing, implementing, and supervising programs related to sensory problems

X

Designing, implementing, and supervising programs related to teaching social skills

X

Designing, implementing, and supervising programs to teach academic skills

X

Designing, implementing, and supervising programs to teach vocational and job skills
X

Community training sessions and workshops

X

Other services

BCABA and BCBA Supervision


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Education (specify area of study)

 

 

Degrees/Diplomas/Certificates

Name of Institution

Year Degree Obtained

M.S. Applied Behavior Analysis

St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minnesota
320.308.0121

2005

B.A. (Hons) Psychology

University of Manitoba
204.474.8880
800.432.1960 (within North America)

1999

BCBA

Behavior Analyst Certification Board
(Metro Building - Suite 102
1705 Metropolitan Boulevard
Tallahassee, Florida 32308-3796)

2006


A. Formal Coursework/Programs Specific to Autism
 
Applied Behaviour Analysis Principles & Methods
Behavioural
Assessment & Measurement
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Child Development
and/or Speech Language Development
 
Full
Partial
Full
Partial
Full
Partial
Full
Partial
University Graduate level coursework
x
 
x
 
x
x
University Undergraduate coursework
x
x
 
x
x
College coursework  
 
       
Certificate Programs (e.g, Douglas College Autism Specialty)
 
 
   
Other Courses (e.g., Hansen; describe)  

B. Supervised Practical Training Related to Autism (academic and workplace)

1. Working directly with children with autism

Practicum/Internship

Graduate ABA Practicum: Behavioral Intervention for Pediatric Sleep Disturbances.
The practicum included a "hands-on" clinical intervention for a 5 yr old child with autism with a history of severe, self-injurious behavior. The clinical intervention included a functional assessment of the sleep problem to determine why it was happening, program design, data collection and analysis to evaluate the effectiveness of the program, parent education, and follow-up. The practicum lasted 3 months and was supervised by Dr. Kimberley Schulze, BCBA (St. Cloud State University, MN; and Dr. Angela Cornick, C.Psych (Clinical Director at St. Amant Centre - Psychology Services and Pre-School ABA Program).

Supervised Graduate Clinical Internship in Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention for Children with Autism (600 hrs):
The clinical internship was conducted in the St. Amant Centre Pre-School ABA Program (Winnipeg, Manitoba). The internship was supervised by Dr. Kimberley Schulze and Dr. Angela Cornick. Additional supervision was provided by Ms. Daniela Fazzio, M.A., BCBA (Coordinator of Treatment Programs at St. Amant Centre, Pre-School ABA Program). The internship consisted of providing standardized and child-specific assessments,  developing goals for behaviour-change, and training and supervision associated with the behaviour support plan. Children’s progress was reviewed twice per week via team meetings, which included modeling by me of behaviour interventions of program-related strategies and procedures. I also provided feedback and ongoing training in behavioral principles and applications. Services were delivered in homes and preschools to 8 pre-school children with autism. Each child had a team of two behavior interventionists and one senior behavior interventionist who I trained and supervised.

Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA):
In addition to meeting the Behaviour Analyst Certification Board educational criteria for certification as a BCBA, I was supervised by Dr. Angela Cornick of the St. Amant Centre for 34 months. During this time, I worked 40+ hours per week designing, monitoring, and implementing behavior analysis programs for children with autism and overseeing the implementation of behavior analysis programs by others.

Employment/Practice-Related

Current (Voluntary) Mentorship: I am currently being mentored by Dr. Suzanne Jacobsen, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Registered Psychologist (R. Psych.). This mentorship began in July 2005. I meet with Dr. Jacobsen several times a month in person and daily via email or telephone. Whether directly or behind the scenes, she is actively involved with all of the children I serve.  

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2. Developing treatment plans and programs

Practicum/Internship

Graduate ABA Practicum: Behavioral Intervention for Pediatric Sleep Disturbances.
The practicum included a written review of the literature on behavioral interventions for children who experience sleep disturbances and a clinical intervention for a 5 year-old child with autism with a history of severe self-injurious behavior. The clinical intervention included a functional assessment to identify why the sleep problem was occurring,  program design, hands-on intervention, data collection and analysis, parent training, and follow-up. The practicum lasted 3 months and was supervised by Dr. Kimberley Schulze, BCBA (St. Cloud State University) and Dr. Angela Cornick of the St.
Amant Centre.

Supervised Graduate Clinical Internship in Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention for Children with Autism (600 hrs):
 As per Part 1 of this section, the clinical internship was conducted in the St. Amant Centre Pre-School ABA Program in Winnipeg. The internship was supervised by Dr. Kimberley Schulze, BCBA; and Dr. Angela Cornick. Additional supervision was provided by Daniela Fazzio, BCBA. The internship consisted of providing standardized and child-specific assessments, developing goals and behavior-change programs, and training and supervising associated with putting the behaviour program in place. The Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills (ABLLS) was used as a curriculum guide and extensive data collection and analysis was conducted to monitor progress.  In addition to developing programs aimed at helping the children to acquire language, academic, play and social, adaptive daily living, and other skills,  we also developed programs designed to reduce self- injurious behavior, aggression, and other challenging behaviours. Services were delivered in homes and preschools for 8 pre-school children with autism by 24 junior and 8 senior behavior interventionists; 3 hour team meetings were held twice per month

Board Certified Behavior Analyst:
As per Part 1

Employment/Practice-Related

As per Part 1


3. Behavioural measurement, data collection and analysis

Practicum/Internship

Graduate ABA Practicum:
As per Part 2

Supervised Graduate Clinical Internship in Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention for Children with Autism (600 hrs):

See Parts 1 and 2 for a description of the clinical internship. Behavioral assessments were conducted prior to the start of behavior intervention programs, with the data from the assessments used to guide intervention decisions. Additionally, data on skill acquisition was entered into an Excel computer database that allowed for the precise analysis of individual learning rates.

Board Certified Behavior Analyst
As per previous sections 

Employment/Practice-Related

Current (Voluntary) Mentorship:

I am being mentored by Dr. Suzanne Jacobsen, with whom I meet several times a month and daily via email or telephone. We collect functional assessment-related data whenever necessary, using a variety of methods.

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4. Functional Behaviour Assessment and Designing Behaviour Support Plans

 

Practicum/Internship

During both my supervised graduate clinical internship in early intensive behavioral intervention for children with autism and my BCBA supervision (see above), I conducted functional behavioral assessments, including functional analysis, and developed corresponding positive behavior intervention plans. Functional assessment and interventions were conducted for a variety of challenging behaviors including aggression and self-injurious behaviors.

Employment/Practice-Related

I am currently voluntarily supervised by Dr. Suzanne Jacobsen, BCBA. Dr. Jacobsen reviews and supervises my functional assessments and interventions for challenging behaviors for children
with autism.



5. Teaching, training and supervising others

Practicum/Internship

Graduate ABA Practicum, sleep disturbances (see previous sections)
The clinical intervention included parent training and follow-up. The practicum lasted 3 months and was supervised by Dr. Kimberley Schulze and Dr. Angela Cornick.

Supervised Graduate Clinical Internship in Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention for Children with Autism (600 hrs)
The internship included teaching parents about behaviour change strategies, as well as toilet training, play, and other daily living skills. Each child had two behavior Interventionists who received 3 hrs bi-weekly of direct supervision and training, and a senior behavior interventionist who also received weekly or twice weekly individual consultation and training. Behavioral consultation was also provided to local pre-schools and daycare centers. (See also previous sections)

Board Certified Behavior Analyst
As per previous sections

Employment/Practice-Related

Under the mentorship of Dr. Suzanne Jacobsen, I provide (a) workshop training to behavior interventionists; (b) in-home training and supervision to behavior interventionists (e.g., modeling of skills and providing supervision and direction); (c)  weekly consultations, training, and supervision to the behavior interventionists at the Group Applied Behavior Analysis (GABA) program; and (d) consultation to local school districts.


Professional Experience:

 

I was first exposed to behavior analysis as an undergraduate at the University of Manitoba in 1996. I began applying this knowledge to children with autism in 1999. I worked "hands on" in home-based EIBI programs as a behavior interventionist and a senior behavior Interventionist from June 1999 to March 2003. During that time I worked with nearly 20 different children in homes, daycares, and pre-schools, as well as kindergarten and Grade 1 classes.

In March 2003, as a graduate student in Applied Behavior Analysis, I was promoted to clinical consultant. I have worked with nearly 40 children as a behavior consultant. The children I have served have ranged in age from 2- to 14 years-old and have a wide range of skills and abilities. In June 2005, I moved to Vancouver and joined ABA Learning Centre, where I am the Program Manager for the North Shore. I currently serve children in home programs, schools, and the GABA program.

As a doctoral student in Special Education at the University of British Columbia, I am an evaluator for the "Autism Spectrum Disorders: Pathways to Better Diagnosis and Outcomes" study with the Autism and Related Disorders Lab (Advisor, Dr. Pat Mirenda, BCBA).


Snapshot of Your Philosophy and Approach to Working with Individuals and Families with Autism

 

I am committed to supporting families by providing services to address their unique needs. At ABALC, we provide intensive intervention using applied behavior analysis following Skinner's Analysis of Verbal Behavior. The Verbal Behavior Approach focuses on aspects of acquiring language that are not typically emphasized by the Lovaas method. The instructor focuses on positive interactions with the child by engaging him or her in social play, teaching fundamental skills in the natural environment, and providing high levels of reinforcement and praise in order to establish a positive relationship with the child. Furthermore, it emphasizes natural environment teaching with a focus on the child's immediate interests and activities as a guide for instruction, along with the intensive teaching component. This helps to motivate the child during therapy sessions.

We use the Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills – Revised (ABLLS-R) as a curriculum guide, and design individual child programs based on the ABLLS-R objectives. We incorporate proven techniques and activities demonstrated to be effective in teaching children and encouraging their development. We have been providing verbal behavior intervention programs for 4 years in British Columbia.

Professional Development Activities:

 

The following is a small sample of professional development activities I have undertaken:

  • The Revised ABLLS: An Analysis of the content changes and implications for program planning. November 10, 2006. Presented by Dr. James W. Partington, Ph.D., BCBA. Workshop presented by Behavior Analysts, Inc., Seattle, WA.
  • Clinical Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) Training. June 27 & 28, 2006. Presented by Dr. Jennifer Olson Psy.D. Workshop presented at Sunny Hill Health Centre by the British Columbia Autism Assessment Network (BCAAN), Vancouver, BC.
  • Research Reliable Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) Training. June 29 & 30, 2006. Presented by Dr. Jennifer Olson Psy.D. Workshop presented at Sunny Hill Health Centre by the British Columbia Autism Assessment Network (BCAAN), Vancouver, BC.
  • Verbal Behavior Training for Educators. August 29, 30, & 31, 2005. Presented by Gina Zecchin M.Sc. (Ed.), BCBA, and Kelle Wood M.Sc. (Ed.), BCBA (Carbone Associates). Workshop presented by Autism Community Training, Vancouver, BC.
  • Autism: A Comprehensive Behavior Analytic Treatment Package. May 23, 2003. Presented by Dr. Sebastien Bosch BCBA, Dr. Matthew Normand BCBA, Marla Saltzman, and Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh (Center for Autism and Related Disorders). Workshop presented at the 29th Annual Convention for the Association for Behavior Analysis, San Francisco, CA.
  • Consulting the Behavioral Way: The Pyramid Approach to Shaping Performance in Autism Educational Services. May 23, 2003. Presented by Dr. Andrew Bondy and Dr. Beth Sulzer-Azaroff (Pyramid Educational Consultants). Workshop presented at the 29th Annual Convention for the Association for Behavior Analysis, San Francisco, CA.
  • Using Skinner’s Analysis of Verbal Behavior to Teach Language Skills during Daily Activities to Children with Autism or Other Developmental Delays. May 25, 2002. Presented by Dr. James W. Partington (Behavior Workshop presented at the 28th Annual Convention for the Association for Behavior Analysis, Toronto, ON.
  • Developing Appropriate and Effective Language Intervention Programs. March 16 & 17, 2001. Presented by Dr. Mark Sundberg (Behavior Analysts, Inc./STARS School). Workshop presented by Manitoba Families for Effective Autism Treatment, Winnipeg, MB.
  • Solving Behavior Problems and Developing Social and Play Skills: For social inclusion and classroom integration of young children with autism and related behavioral disorders. October 24 & 25, 2000. Presented by Dr. Mary Jane Weiss and Dr. Beth Glasberg (Rutgers Autism Program/Center for Applied Psychology, Rutgers University Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center). Workshop presented by Manitoba Families for Effective Autism Treatment, Winnipeg, MB.
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Publications and Presentations

 

Teaching

Instructor, September 2004 ­ April 2005, University of Manitoba: Management, Professional and Community Programs Division, Faculty of Continuing Education.
Courses taught: Supervised Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis I; and  Supervised Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis II.

Conference Presentations

Simard, C., Stock, R. A., & Williams, H. H. (October 2006). Toilet training children diagnosed with autism: A training package to establish independent toileting. Symposium presented at the 15th Annual Conference
on Developmental Disabilities and Autism, sponsored by St. Amant Centre, Winnipeg, MB.

Stock, R. A. & Schulze, K. A. (May, 2006). A Comparison of Stimulus-Stimulus Pairing, Standard Echoic Training, and Control Procedures on the Vocal Behavior of Children with Autism. Poster presented at the 32nd Annual Association for Behavior Analysis Convention, Atlanta, GA.

Stock, R. A. & Williams, H. H. (October, 2001). A review of the use of applied behavioral analysis in the treatment of autism. Poster presented at the 10th Annual Conference on Research and Applications Related to Developmental Disabilities, sponsored by St. Amant Centre, Winnipeg, MB

Stock, R. A., Martin, G., Yu, D., Vause, T., & Harapiak, S. (October, 1999). Rapid training of a visual-visual non-identity matching discrimination. Poster presented at the 8th Annual Conference on Research and Applications Related to Developmental Disabilities, sponsored by St. Amant Centre, Winnipeg, MB.

Bergman, A. E., Holborn, S. W., Scott-Huyghebaert, V., & Stock, R. A. (May, 1999). Functional analysis of self-injurious behavior in an individual with Lesch-Nyhan Syndrome. Poster presented at the 25th Annual Association for Behavior Analysis Convention, Chicago, IL.

Bergman, A. E., Holborn, S. W., Scott-Huyghebaert, V., & Stock, R. A. (October, 1998). Functional analysis of self-injurious behavior in an individual with Lesch-Nyhan Syndrome. Poster presented at the 7th Annual Conference on Research and Applications Related to Developmental Disabilities, sponsored by St. Amant Centre, Winnipeg, MB.


Description of fee schedule

 

Fees for ABALC program staff vary with level of education, training and experience. For new program development, initial set-up fee covers administration of ABLLS, program development, ITP for MCFD, training of interventionists, and some materials for program implementation. Monthly fees are charged for actual hours of work in providing program and vary according to the unique needs and requests of families.


References (Academic, Clinical, Family )

 

Parent and professional references available upon request via admin@abacentre.ca

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