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 #W36
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Successful Behavioral Consultation in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs): Parent and Professional Perspectives
Friday, May 26, 2006
6:00 PM–9:00 PM
Regency V
Area: AUT; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Jane M. Barbin, Ph.D.
JANE M. BARBIN (Behavioral Directions, LLC), LINDA S. MEYER (Linda S. Meyer Consulting, LLC), SUZANNE LETSO (Connecticut Center for Child Development), ERIK A. MAYVILLE (Institute for Educational Planning), LISA HEILBRONNER (Parent)
Description: Extensive research supports the effectiveness of a behavioral approach for individuals with ASD and their families. Behavioral consultation, that is professional consultative guidance in educational, vocational, residential, and family systems based on ABA principles, is often the avenue in which families, agencies, and learners access behavioral intervention. Consultation often involves sharing of information on instructional strategies, skill acquisition, behavior reduction, curricula, motivational systems, and organizational systems and occurs in home, school, community, and other settings. An effective behavioral consultant must understand and become proficient in the contingencies which establish effectiveness for consumers. In addition to assuring the consultant has adequate credentials, parents and agency staff must explore that sufficient resources are available and that empirically-supported interventions are utilized. Response data from parents and professionals (consultants, home-based instructional staff, and vocational, residential school staff) will be presented to clarify essential factors for best outcome in the consultation relationship. This workshop will explore the importance of making data-based decisions and the importance of ongoing training with effective feedback. Other related success elements will be discussed (e.g., generalization, immediacy of change). Parent and professional similarities and differences will be reviewed as they relate to building better collaboration and coordination between team members.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to: 1. Identify three key factors related to successful behavioral consultation. 2. Understand important credentialing requirements for professionals which sets up successful consultation. 3. Identify strategies for increasing communication and collaboration within the treatment team, including use of consultation contracting. 4. Demonstrate an increased appreciation for the impact of family (e.g., sibling, marital) and agency (e.g., resources, treatment philosophy) issues which impinge on service delivery.
Activities: Classroom presentation and discussion will be provided. Participants will also engage in a brief problem-solving session in which participants will break into groups to discuss how the presented information can be directly applied to their own consultation activity. Each participant will receive an information folder containing samples and supportive reading materials for exploration.
Audience: Behavior analysts, psychologists, related service providers, and other consultants who provide behavioral consultation services; agency staff or caregivers who deliver or receive consultation services; parents or caregivers of individuals with autism and professionals who support them.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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