Melissa Olive

Melissa Olive


Melissa Olive, Ph.D., BCBA-D, is the Executive Director of Applied Behavioral Strategies LLC. Prior to entering private practice, Missy spent 9 years conducting research and training special education teachers and behavior analysts at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Nevada, Reno. Missy has also served as adjunct faculty at the University of Saint Joseph teaching required coursework as approved the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB).

Missy has been an active member of CT-ABA since moving to Connecticut in 2009. She served as an elected Member At Large from 2011-2013 and currently serves as Co-Chair of the Legislative Committee. Missy currently serves on the Editorial Board of Young Exceptional Children, Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, and she is a frequent guest reviewer for the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. She also served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Early Intervention for 8 years.

Missy has published 30 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters focusing on assessment and treatment of challenging behaviors, communication intervention, feeding disorders, and ethical issues for behavior analysts.

Using ABA to Address Challenging Behaviors and to Teach Functional Life Skills such as Toileting and Feeding

The presenter will discuss how to use Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to teach functional life skills to children with autism spectrum disorders. First, participants will learn the essential components of ABA such as setting program goals, using data collection, reliance on reinforcement, and explicit teaching procedures such as prompting and shaping. Then participants will learn to apply those procedures to address toileting and feeding. Finally, applications to address challenging behaviors such as tantrums will be applied. Video examples will be shown to demonstrate procedures.