Association for Behavior Analysis International

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32nd Annual Convention; Atlanta, GA; 2006

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Symposium #483
Service Provision for ASD and Related Disorders
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
12:30 PM–1:50 PM
Chicago A-F
Area: AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Patricia R. Massoth (BEST Consulting)
Discussant: Marc A. Adams (BEST Consulting)
Abstract: Service provision for children diagnosed with autism is, in a word, difficult. Some of the common difficult aspects of service provision across many agencies are Quality Control, Personnel Recruitment and Retention, Public Relations, and Clinical Administration. In addition, some agencies may be providing services in rural or limited population areas. BEST Consulting is a non-public agency in northern California, and the focus of this symposium is to highlight some of the key issues relevant to the aspects of service provision mentioned above in the context of this agency as it has grown from 2 children in one community to over 60 children served in several states, in a time span of less than 4 years. Those interested in establishing or those involved in behavioral services for children diagnosed with autism at administrative, management and/or training levels will benefit.
Quality Control, Recruitment, Retention and Public Relations within an Non-Public Agency Providing Services for Children Diagnosed with Autism.
DANIELLE L. NUZUM (BEST Consulting), Amy Silva (BEST Consulting)
Abstract: Recruitment of staff, retention of staff, the maintenance of quality outcomes for clients and in the training of staff, as well as public relations each present a variety of potential struggles for agencies providing services for children diagnosed with autism. This presentation will describe the struggle with the issues as faced by a non-public agency providing services for approximately 50 children and 75 full and part-time direct and indirect-contact staff.
Clinical Administration within a Non-Public Agency Providing Services for Children Diagnosed with Autism: How to Meet Children’s Needs within Agency Resources.
Abstract: The administration of effective clinical services for children with autism is paramount to the continuation of a particular agency as well as for the acceptance of ABA as a viable treatment or therapy for children and adults diagnosed with autism. AS adequate levels of staffing, intense scheduling responsibilities on a week by week basis, evaluation of therapists administrative skills, such as completing time sheets, time-off requests, etc…. This administrative responsibility is described in the context of an agency that has grown significantly in its 4 years of existence. Lessons learned and administrative guidelines for behavioral service provision will be presented.
Providing Autism Services in a Rural Community: How to Meet Children’s Needs with Resources Available within a Community.
SELENA SCHEXNAYDER (BEST Consulting), Mark Adams (BEST Consulting)
Abstract: One of the most difficult aspects of attempting to model excellent service provision is to try to do so in a context of community where resources are limited and many barriers, not experienced in urban settings and unique to specific to an area or region are encountered. This presentation will describe the provision of autism services in a rural community where the population is declining and the resources for services are also on the same declining trend. Although there have been struggles, there is continued growth and support for this successful program, despite the current community and school districts’ unfortunate circumstances.



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