Robert Putnam, Ph.D., L.P. LABA, BCBA-D, Featured Speaker in Abuja, Nigeria on World Autism Day


Randolph, Mass. — Robert Putnam, Ph.D., L.P. LABA, BCBA-D, May Institute’s Executive Vice President of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and Consultation, was a featured speaker at a virtual program for an audience in Abuja, Nigeria on World Autism Day 2021.

Dr. Putnam was recruited by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to participate in its Speaker Program. He provided a general overview of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and reviewed accessibility and inclusion practices in education for individuals with autism, and best practices for parents and caregivers.

The U.S. Speaker Program seeks out prominent American experts to engage international audiences on topics of strategic importance to the United States. In-person and virtual programs are conducted in partnership with World Learning, Inc., a nonprofit organization advancing leadership in more than 60 countries worldwide through education, exchange, and development programs.

Dr. Putnam serves as a national implementation partner and subject expert on autism with the Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Program’s National Technical Assistance Center for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports. He has consulted and presented nationally and internationally in Canada, China, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, and Oman.

At May Institute, Dr. Putnam oversees a team of school consultants who provide behavioral consultation to public schools in New England and across the country. As head of May’s research-based, school-wide behavioral support program, Dr. Putnam has provided consultation to districts throughout the country relative to effective emotional/social/behavioral support interventions.

He also serves as Senior Vice President of Research and Consultation at May Institute’s National Autism Center (NAC) and served as an Expert Panelist on the National Standards Project of the NAC. His research interests are in the use of function-based interventions to improve prosocial skills as well as behavioral support strategies with individuals with ASD.

See screenshots of this remarkable virtual event.
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