Event Details:
Thursday, July 20, 2017, 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Naturalistic Developmental Behavior Interventions (NDBIs) and the Meta-play Method: A Novel Treatment Approach for Toddlers with Autism

Professional Continuing Education Seminar Series

Instructor Name: Cooper R. Woodard, Ph.D., BCBA

Event description: Naturalistic Developmental Behavior Interventions (NDBIs) build upon proven behavior analytic techniques, concepts and interventions to create effective treatment strategies for toddlers and young children with autism. These interventions are implemented in natural settings, make use of the 3-term contingency model, involve shared control between child and therapist, shift from artificial to natural reinforcement, and employ proven behavioral teaching strategies.

NDBI’s employ fidelity checks and clear, manualized guidance to strengthen the accuracy of implementation. The Meta-play Method is an NDBI that has been shown to be useful for toddlers on the autism spectrum, and is based on a novel theoretical orientation that suggests autism is the cascading effects of an early failure to develop the ability to meta-represent. This new procedure focuses on behavioral strategies and activities to build the skills necessary to develop this early cognitive ability. Preliminary research suggests that these interventions may decrease the core symptoms of autism in toddlers.

CE Approved for: (Pending Review): 1 BCBA, and 1 APA CEU

May Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. May Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Register Below. Registration is required for all who attend. Registration for this event does commit you for attendance at this CE workshop. If you need to cancel, cancellations must be received 24 hours prior to the event by e-mail to

Fee: $30 for guests; May Institute employees may attend free-of-charge. Guests can pay by check or credit card on the day of the event.