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.


32nd Annual Convention; Atlanta, GA; 2006

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W20
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Teaching Others to Teach Children with Autism: What to Teach and How to Teach It
Friday, May 26, 2006
10:00 AM–5:00 PM
International Ballroom North
Area: TBA; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Colin Peeler, Ph.D.
COLIN PEELER (Behavior Solutions, Inc.)
Description: Increases in the prevalence of autism, a growing body of literature supporting ABA, and recognition among the government that ABA is the best treatment for autism have all led to a demand for ABA services greater than the current supply of qualified providers. Unfortunately, because of this the quality and/or quantity of services these children receive is typically below the best practice standard and as such their gains are not maximized. However, it is possible through better training and supervision (i.e., better consultation) that behavior analysts and other trained autism therapists (including parents) can teach almost anyone how to provide intensive behavior therapy thereby improving the quality and quantity of providers available. The presenter will discuss the difference between best practice standards as defined by the literature and actual practice as it is affected by training and funding issues. A large portion of the workshop will focus on the 3 key skills all therapists should know (therapy skills, training skills, consultation skills) and how to assess and train them. Lastly, the presenter will discuss how to efficiently supervise an in home program given a limited amount of time to do so.
Learning Objectives: - Describe findings from the literature on IBT as a treatment for Autism - Identify critical components of an IBT program that are associated with improved outcomes - Describe funding/training issues and how they impact one�s ability to implement the most effective IBT program - Describe the sequence of training events to maximize the effectiveness of a new therapist working with a child with autism - Describe the 10 Basic Therapist Skills for working with a child with autism and correctly score them from videotapes - Learn basic consultation skills each therapist should know that will improve the consistency and efficacy of the therapy across therapists - Describe how to supervise and manage a team of therapists within current funding issues
Activities: Video examples will be used throughout and participants will learn how to score therapist skills from the video examples.
Audience: Behavior Analysts, autism therapists and consultants, parents looking to set up and manage an in home program, those who want to learn the basics of intensive behavior therapy or those who are responsible for training these skills to others.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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