Instructor: Andy Bondy

Andy Bondy
M.A., Ph.D.

Andy Bondy is president and co-founder of Pyramid Educational Consultants. Dr. Bondy is an innovative leader in the field of autism and applied behavior analysis. For 14 years, he directed a statewide public school system for students with autism. He is co-author of the PECS Training Manual. He also wrote The Pyramid Approach to Education, a ranking manual that offers an integrated orientation to developing effective educational environments, blending applied behavior analysis with functional activities and creative communication strategies.

Dr. Bondy received his M.A. and Ph.D. from UNC Greensboro and completed his clinical internship in 1976 at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Bondy has presented numerous papers, lectures and workshops in regional, national and international conferences and conventions on behavior analysis, PECS and The Pyramid Approach to Education. He has remained active in research and writing and continues to develop new and innovative methods of helping children with autism and related developmental disorders.

Classes by this instructor

Language of Emotions
LANGUAGE OF EMOTIONS - BEHP1126 Reviews traditional approaches to teaching children with autism to communicate emotions as well as responses to such language from other people. Incorporates B.F. Skinner's analysis into the design of effective lessons with very young children, teenagers or adults. Suggests teaching strategies for those with autism that may lead to successful acquisition of these complex language skills.

July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022, Canvas 2
The Use & Benefits of the Picture Exchange Comm System (PECS)
THE USE AND BENEFITS OF THE PICTURE EXCHANGE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM (PECS) - BEHP1127 Overviews the Pyramid Approach to Education with the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) as an evidence-based strategy used to rapidly teach communication skills to those with limited functional speech. Begins by teaching a spontaneous request and goes on to teach additional communicative functions such as responding to questions, using a variety of attributes and commenting. Reviews PECS research with outcome measures showing many preschool children with autism acquiring independent speech.

July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022, Canvas 2
The Pyramid Approach to Education: An Overview
THE PYRAMID APPROACH TO EDUCATION: AN OVERVIEW - BEHP1128 Shows how to create effective educational environments for students with autism and/or related developmental disabilities while attending to data collection and analysis by using the Pyramid Approach. Implements key elements from applied behavior analysis. Emphasizes functional communication and includes functional activities, reinforcement systems, communication/social skills and inappropriate behaviors and alternatives. Also includes generalization, creating effective lessons, specific teaching strategies, and minimizing and correcting errors.

July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022, Canvas 2
Skinner's Verbal Behavior and its Relation to PECS
SKINNER'S VERBAL BEHAVIOR AND ITS RELATION TO PECS - BEHP1129 Helps learners master simple and complex parts of language using Skinner's basic units of language and environmental relations. Includes understanding how these language units (verbal operants) are acquired. Describes core language functions by its functional relevance. Covers the subtle changes in teaching complex verbal operants that may result in significant differences in student learning, regardless of modality. Also shows why certain parts of language are so difficult for individuals with autism to learn.

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