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Jennifer B. Symon, Ph.D. BCBA is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Special Education at California State University, Los Angeles. She is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Dr. Symon coordinates the Autism programs at CSULA including the university autism certificate and the Master of Arts degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Autism. She is the Project Director and Principal Investigator for the Preparing Autism Spectrum Specialists (PASS) Project at CSULA. This grant supports masters level students from a variety of disciplines to gain specialized knowledge and skills in autism. Dr. Symon's background includes work in homes, schools, and communities with individuals with mild to severe disabilities. Most recently, she has worked with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), their families, and other key support providers. Previously she coordinated a comprehensive parent education support program for families of children with ASD living in areas that are geographically distant from a center that specializes in interventions in autism.
Additionally, Jennifer has worked collaboratively on other projects to develop and evaluate a service delivery system to expand the quality and quantity of services available to families. The project consisted of training paraprofessionals to implement procedures that have been well documented in the literature to improve motivation in children in with autism. This project served to (1) provide additional intervention for children in the targeted areas of social communication skills, (2) respond to families who desired additional services for their child but have difficulty finding well-trained paraprofessionals, and (3) recruit interested college students to obtain fieldwork positions and training in the field of special education.
Autism, Functional Communication Training, Positive Behavior Support in the classroom
and School-wide Positive Behavior Support. Cognitive and Linguistic Development:
Intervention for children with Communication Disabilities Consultation and Collaboration
in homes, school, and community settings
Dr. Symon's research interests include positive behavior interventions
for children with ASD, family support, consultation in classrooms, and
development and evaluation of service delivery models. She has recently
published several research articles evaluating the positive effects that
resulted from participation in a parent education program for families
of children with autism living in geographically distant locations. She
is currently working on completing additional qualitative and quantitative
research articles that measure the generalized spread of effect, including
quality of life issues in this programmatic line of research.
Representative Professional Activities
||Openden, D., Symon, J.B., Koegel, L.K., & KOegel, R. L. (in press). Developing a Student Respite Provider System for Children with Autism. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions
||Symon, J.B., Koegel, R.L., & Singer, G.H.S. (2005). Parent Perspectives of Parent Education Programs. In KOegel, R.L., & Koegel, L. K. (Eds.) Pivotal Response Treatments for Autism: Communication, Social and Academic Development (pp. 93-115). Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes
||Symon, J.B. (2005) Expanding interventions for children with autism: Parents as trainers. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 7(3), 159-173.
||Falvey, M. & Symon, J. B. (2003). Preparing Teachers to Work in Inclusive Settings. The Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps, Chicago, IL
||Koegel, L. K., & Symon, J. B. (2003). Pivotal Response Interventions for Children with Autism. The World of PBS: Science, Values, & Vision. Orlando, FL.
||Symon, J. B. (2003). Assessing the Processes and Long-Term Impacts of Comprehensive Positive Behavior Support for Severe Problem Behaviors. The California Association for Applied Behavioral Analysis.
||Symon, J. B. (2003). Parent Education Programs for Families of Children with Autism Living in Geographically Distant Locations: Generalized Spread of Effects. The California Association for Applied Behavioral Analysis.
||Koegel, L. K., Koegel, R. L., Openden, D., McNerney, E., Symon,
J. B., Sze, K. & McLain, W. (2003) A Model for Increasing In-Home
Services to Children with Autism
||Boettcher, M., McNerney, E. K., Symon, J. B., Openden, D., Koegel, L. K., & Koegel, R. L., (2002). Service Coordination and Positive Behavior Support: Developing a Model for use Across Systems. The Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps, Boston, MA.
||Symon, J. B. (2002) Early Intervention Strategies for Children with Autism: From Practice to Research. The Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps, Boston, MA.
||Symon, J. B., & Falvey, M. (2002). Supporting Children with Disabilities: Empowering Families and Teachers.
The Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps Conference, Boston, MA,
||Koegel, R. L., Symon, J. B., & Koegel, L. K., (2001). Parent
education for families of children with autism living in geographically
distant areas. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 4 (2), 88-103.
||Symon, J. B., (2001). Parent education for autism: Issues in providing
services at a distance. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 3 (3),
PhD Educational Psychology 2002
University of California
MA Special Education Disabilities and Risk Studies 2000
University of California
MA Child Study 1995
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BA Psychology 1992
University of California