Western New England University

University of Massachusetts Medical School


Noncompliance, problem behavior and sleep disturbances

Bologna, Hotel NH De La Gare, Piazza XX Settembre, 2



Registration and payment must be received by Feb 14th, 2015.

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Dr. Hanley has been applying the principles of learning to improve socially important behaviors of children and adults with and without disabilities for over 20 years. He worked and trained at the Spurwink School, the Groden Center, and the Kennedy Krieger Institute, was degreed at the University of Florida, was tenured at the University of Kansas, and is currently a Professor of Psychology and Director of the Behavior Analysis Doctoral Program at Western New England University, an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and Director of the Children’s Sleep Program at WNEU.


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Dr. Hanley has published over 75 articles in peer-reviewed journals in areas such as the assessment, treatment, and prevention of problem behavior, teaching tactics for young children, and evidence-based values. Dr. Hanley is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 25), past Editor of Behavior Analysis in Practice (BAP), and a past Associate Editor of The Behavior Analyst, the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, and BAP.


Recommended for Parents, Teachers, Behavior Therapists, Speech-Language Therapists, Schools, and Agencies


13 BCBA CEU credits available upon request.


March 14

Understanding and Preventing Noncompliance and Problem Behavior


Although a diagnosis of autism is not dependent on problem behaviors like self-injury, aggression, disruptive behavior, or noncompliance, the probability of two or more of these problem behaviors occurring with regularity is higher in children with autism than in children with other developmental disabilities. The first goal of this full-day seminar is to develop knowledge relevant to the learning principles that are useful for understanding the development of noncompliance and problem behavior and that provide the foundation for a comprehensive prevention program. The second goal is to impart capacity for implementing class-wide, small group, and individualized prevention programs aimed at promoting fundamental social skills that have been shown to compete with the development or persistence of noncompliance and problem behavior.



  1. Attendees should be able to describe the fundamental components of a reinforcing contingency and the importance of this concept to the development of noncompliance and problem behaviors like self-injury, aggression, and disruptive behavior.
  2. Attendees should be able to describe a 10-step program for developing high levels of compliance in young leaners with autism.
  3. Attendees should be able to describe the critical social skills that when developed appear to prevent the development of problem behavior as well as describe the different strategies used to teach these skills.


March 15

Understanding and Addressing Sleep Problems of Children and Young Adults with Autism


Sleep problems are prevalent among children, especially children with autism. Addressing sleep problems can be challenging, and when left unaddressed, sleep problems can lead to or worsen other behavior problems such as aggression and noncompliance while also making learning in school difficult. The goal of this workshop is to provide attendees with a sound understanding of factors that worsen and improve children’s ability to achieve age-appropriate amounts of sleep as well as strategies for addressing common issues such as difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep and nighttime routine noncompliance.

As a result, attendees will have a better understanding of how family members and support staff can work as a team to promote the healthy sleep of the children in their care. The seminar will involve opportunities to design individualized and parent-friendly treatments for specific sleep problems and a review of strategies to prevent sleep problems from occurring.



  1. An attendee will be able describe the assessment process that allows for the identification of likely causes of persistent delayed sleep onset and night awakenings in young children.
  2. An attendee will be able to describe aspects of nighttime routines and schedules that promote or inhibit healthy sleep.
  3. An attendee will be able to describe the important characteristics of healthy and unhealthy sleep dependencies.
  4. An attendee will be able to describe the various function-based treatments for nighttime problem behavior that interferes with sleep onset or the resumption of sleep.


08.30 – 09.00 Registration

09.00 – 11.00 Morning session 1

11.00 – 11.30 Break

11.30 – 13.00 Morning session 2

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch on your own

14.00 – 15.30 Afternoon session 1

15.30 – 16.00 Break

16.00 – 17.30 Afternoon session 2


Registration and payment

Fee: 230 euros

Registration is not complete and seat is not guaranteed until payment is received.

13 BCBA CEU credits available upon request.

Payment is due upon registration

IBAN: IT64C0888337070013000067635 – SWIFT: BDBOIT22XXX

Banca di Bologna – Pane e Cioccolata – Bologna



50% is refundable prior to Feb 20th, 2015

No refund after this date