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Fourth International Conference; Australia, 2007

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Symposium #38
CE Offered: BACB
Widespread Training and Dissemination in Australia and New Zealand of a Non-Linear ABA Model for Supporting People with Challenging Behavior Part B
Monday, August 13, 2007
4:00 PM–4:50 PM
L2 Room 4
Area: DDA; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
Chair: Gary W. LaVigna (Institute for Applied Behavior Analysis)
Discussant: Wendi Beamish (Centre For Learning Research)
CE Instructor: Gary W. LaVigna, Ph.D.

For more than 15-years, the Institute for Applied Behavior Analysis (IABA) has been engaged in widespread training and dissemination of ABA in support of people with challenging behavior in Australia and New Zealand. This has included lecture courses covering basic principles; practicum training; and the training of trainers. Well over a thousand trainees have participated in these programs from all seven Australian states and from both the North and South Islands of New Zealand. The results of this training and dissemination program have been reported in the literature in a number of journal articles. This two part symposium brings this literature up to date, with reports at the state and agency levels on systems impact (Part A) and with a number of Type III case studies demonstrating effectiveness across a wide range of behaviors and clientele, including those typically not represented in the published literature (Part B).

Titus Jabaltjari – Central Australian Desert Traditional Arrente Man: Out of the Locked Ward and on the Journey Home.
DARYL MURDOCK (Disability Support Team, Aged and Disability Program)
Abstract: This presentation describes the application of IABA’s non-linear, multi-element model in support of an Aboriginal man whose challenging behavior had resulted in years of incarceration in various psychiatric and forensic settings. As a result of ABA, he has been living in the community successfully and has been reunited with his family. The implications of this for the introduction of ABA to help people from other cultural backgrounds and settings are discussed as well as are the necessary considerations for such applications.
Type III Case Studies of Non-Linear Behavioral Support Working with Adults and Children.
MONIQUE GILLISSEN (Egmont Terrace Specialists Rooms), Lyn Platt (Waimokaia School), Gail Palmer (Hills Community Support Group, Western Australia), Adam Nobilia (Eastern Respite and Recreation; New South Wales; Australia), Charlotte Howell (Hills Community Support Group; Western Australia )
Abstract: Type III case studies are presented which add to the empirical base demonstrating the efficacy of positive, non-linear behavior analysis with both children and adults. The target behaviors addressed range from serious physical aggression toward others and self-injury to refusal to eat. The settings included public schools, a residential school, adult day service settings and a residential program. A school-wide application is also described.
Applications of IABA’s Multi-Element Model with Severe Self-Injury.
Abstract: The implications of IABA’s non-linear model for the treatment of self-injury are discussed. Among the issues is the need to observe and measure episodic severity when working with behavior that is potentially life threatening. Unfortunately, this measure is missing from the published literature. A literature review and case study data are used to outline a research agenda for the future.



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