AlphaBee is excited to host

Dr. Francesca degli Espinosa

This exciting two-day conference will focus on the concepts and applications for establishing social and verbal behaviour in both early and advanced learners with autism.

The first day will be dedicated to outlining the main theoretical tenets and the related applied interventions to establish joint attention and eye contact as a conditioned reinforcer. Following this, discussion will move to illustrating applied techniques for teaching generalised question discrimination of items and events and the importance of teaching children to understand questions under intraverbal stimulus control rather than teaching rote intraverbal responses.

This will provide the ideal springboard for the topics of the second day, in which the teaching of more advanced social and verbal skills will be addressed. Particular focus will be given to role of problem solving in the establishment of listing skills and narrating past events (e.g., retelling a heard story and events) and finally, conversational skills, how to move from mands for information to a conversation. On this last topic, discussion will address the difference between interventions that focus on contingency shaped approaches and those that employ a more rule-governed approach such as behavioural skills training, scripts or teaching interaction.

Earn Type 2 CEUs

The conference is designed for behaviour analysts, teachers, therapists, and others whose role it is to design and implement methods to increase the verbal behaviour of children with autism in home, school, or centre-based programs. Also, the conference is designed for attendees who are already familiar with the basics of Skinner's analysis of verbal behaviour.

About Dr. degli Espinosa

My principal interests lie within the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis and its application to individuals with autism, developmental disabilities, and/or challenging behaviour. During the past 19 years, I have designed behavioural and educational programmes for more than 300 children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities between the ages of 2 and 25 years, both in the UK and Italy. For the past 15 years, I have specialised in the teaching of language using procedures derived from behaviour analytic accounts of verbal behaviour—research into the application of which also formed the basis of my Doctoral thesis. I have extensive experience of academic teaching and staff training both in the UK and Italy. Since 1999, I have presented more than 200 lectures and workshops on behaviour analysis and autism to undergraduates, postgraduates, and clinical staff, as well as providing lectures and invited addresses to professional audiences including psychologists, psychiatrists, speech and language therapists, and both mainstream and Special Needs teachers.

degli Espinosa, F.,(2015). Retrieved from:

Conference Location:

The conference will be held at the Crystal Grand Banquet Hall.

2110 Dundas Street East,
Mississauga, ON L4X 1L9
905 277 2800

Conference rate includes
a continental breakfast, hot lunch,
morning & afternoon snacks,
coffee & tea and
14.5 Type 2 CEUs

Conference Rates:

Early Bird
(until February 16, 2018)
Regular Rate
Student $275.00 $325.00
Professional $325.00 $375.00
AlphaBee Parent $275.00 $325.00

Group discount rate: Groups of 5 or more 5%.
Groups of 10 or more 10%.
*all registrations must be received together to qualify