Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


36th Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2010

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Paper Session #501
Evaluations of Applied Behavior Analysis Programming
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
9:00 AM–10:20 AM
207AB (CC)
Area: AUT
Chair: Bobby Newman (Full Inclusion Living and Learning Unitarian Unive)
The St. Amant School-Age Applied Behavior Analysis Program 2010: Characteristics, Outcomes, and Challenges
Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
KIRSTEN M. WIRTH (St. Amant Research Centre, the University of Manitoba)
Abstract: ABA service models for preschool children with autism are well-established, while similar services for school-aged children with autism have only recently entered the spotlight. This presentation will provide a review of the behaviour analysis literature in schools with typical students and students with autism. This presentation will also provide characteristics of a publicly funded ABA program for school-age children through the St. Amant ABA program in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. In a unique model recently approved by government partners, this program provides a 3-year ABA service to both school and home, including extensive training and programming to all teams working with each child. Further, changes in program development, definition of services, and staff roles within both settings will be shared. Data will be presented for 69 children participating in the ABA program in the 2009-2010 school year on skill acquisition and comparisons of acquisition at school versus home. Challenges with working in school and home settings such as difficulties with staff and parent training, working around extracurricular activities, misconceptions of behaviour analysis, and lack of effect on normative test outcomes will be discussed. Finally, strategies used that have been successful in breaking into the education system will be shared.
Full Inclusion of People With Developmental Disabilities in Faith-Based Communities: What Applied Behavior Analysis has to Offer
Domain: Service Delivery
BOBBY NEWMAN (Room to Grow)
Abstract: If ever there were an area where one would expect unconditional acceptance, it would be within faith-based communities. Sadly, this is often not the case, however. The behaviours displayed by some individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders often lead to their exclusion from faith-based communities. This puts further stress and removes a source of support for families. The paper will describe efforts and tools necessary to help individuals who demonstrate challenging behaviour to become functioning and accepted members of faith-based communities.
CANCELLED Home-Based Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders: Results of 2010 Parent Survey
Domain: Service Delivery
JACK SCOTT (Florida Atlantic University), Kyle Bennett (Florida Atlantic University), Bairbre Flood (Florida Atlantic University), Linda Peirce (Florida Atlantic University)
Abstract: This paper shares results of the 2010 survey of parents who are conducting home-based early intensive behavioral intervention (EIBI) programs for their young children with ASD. Parents will typically hire a behavior analyst with expertise in EIBI to develop and then supervise the program. Most families also hire several teaching assistants to increase the total number of intervention hours delivered each week. We contacted parents through bulletins and ads placed in autism publications and through autism services agencies. Parents replied directly via an Internet survey on Survey Monkey. Questions focused on costs associated with the program, source of funding (insurance, government financed or self-pay), training for staff and hours of professional supervision and total program hours. A series of questions explored issues with professional services and parent willingness to pay for board certified behavior analysts. The end of the survey provided the parents with free response opportunities. These are qualitatively analyzed. This survey, with refinements, has been conducted each year since 2001 and now yields a rich source of information on trends in home-based behavioral intervention. Results from this survey will be compared with those of previous surveys to consider trends in this intervention format.



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