Instructor: Peter Gerhardt

Peter Gerhardt


Dr. Peter Gerhardt is the director of education, upper school, for the McCarton School and the founding chair of the Scientific Council of the Organization for Autism Research (OAR). Dr. Gerhardt has over 30 years' experience utilizing the principles of applied behavior analysis in support of adolescents and adults with ASD in educational, employment, residential and community-based settings. He is the author or co-author of articles and book chapters on the needs of adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorder, and he has presented nationally and internationally on this topic. Dr. Gerhardt serves on the editorial board of Behavior Analysis in Practice and on numerous professional advisory boards. He received his doctorate from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Graduate School of Education.

Classes by this instructor

Sexuality and Instructing Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorder

SEXUALITY AND INSTRUCTING LEARNERS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER (ASD) - BEHP1096 Covers the role of the behavior analyst and the context it plays in defining appropriate sexual behavior. Includes why sexuality should be addressed and defines how the responsibilities of this education falls under the purview of the behavior analyst. Also includes proactive behavioral interventions that can be used to teach sexuality competencies. Discusses the challenges and myths associated with teaching the importance of sexuality to learners with ASD.

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July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022, Canvas 2
Adolescents and Adults with Autism

ADOLESCENTS AND ADULTS WITH AUTISM - BEHP1097 Provides an overview of the implications of ABA as an evidence-based practice with adolescents and adults, and the challenges related to effective design, implementation and oversight. Emphasizes the importance of defining and measuring outcomes in terms much broader than the acquisition of individual skills. Discusses how the majority of evidence-based practice for individuals with ASD focuses on young children with little attention paid to adolescents or adults.

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July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022, Canvas 2
Adaptive Behavior
ADAPTIVE BEHAVIOR - BEHP1139 Introduces adaptive behavior as a complex set of skills enabling personal independence across a variety of life domains. Explains the complexity of adaptive behavior as a challenge to behavior analysts who teach skills in clinics or classrooms where many relevant variables are in their control. Provides an overview of adaptive behavior in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and its relationship to community living, safety, independence and personal competence, and components for providing intervention.

July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022, Canvas 2