A Behavior Analytic Approach to Teaching Writing to Students with Disabilities

A Behavior Analytic Approach to Teaching Writing to Students with Disabilities ​
Robert Pennington, Ph.D., BCBA-D
University of Louisville
Friday, July 14th, 2017, 2:30pm - 3:50m
1.5 BACB Type II CEUs (included in the price of registration)

Despite the critical role that writing plays in the lives of persons with and without disabilities, there are few studies demonstrating the efficacy of intervention on the written expression of individuals with developmental disabilities. In this session, Dr. Pennington will offer a behavior analytic approach to the instruction of written expression for learners with ASD and Intellectual Disability. He will present a series of single case investigations and highlight key intervention components for behavior analysts and teachers to employ in their own practice.
Learning Objectives

  • Participants will identify key components of writing interventions for students with ASD/ID
  • Participants will identify software packages for use in teaching written expression for learners with ASD/ID


Robert Pennington, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Robert Pennington PhD, BCBA-D, is an Associate Professor at the University of Louisville in the Department of Special Education. He is a co-director of UofL’s programs in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Applied Behavior Analysis, served as a past director of the Kentucky Autism Training, and is a past president of the American Council on Rural Special Education. He has over 25 years of experience implementing behavior analytic practices with individuals with disabilities, their families and teachers. He graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2010, and has had accepted for publication over 30 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters related to working with persons with ASD and intellectual disability. Robert is passionate about the dissemination of research-based practice and has provided well over 200 refereed and invited presentations to practitioners, parents, and researchers. He currently sits on seven journal editorial boards and on multiple advisory panels and committees including Governor’s Advisory Council on ASD, Jefferson County Public Schools ECE advisory board, and Kentucky Peer Support Network. He also has served on the KYABA executive committee since 2013. His current research interests involve behavior analytic communication instruction and developing high quality programs for students with significant intellectual disabilities.