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 #W67
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Running Your Home-Based ABA Program: A Parent-Professional Perspective
Saturday, May 27, 2006
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
International Ballroom North
Area: CBM; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Sharon E. Baxter, M.A.
SHARON E. BAXTER (ABLE Clinic), MICHELLE KARREN (St. Cloud State University), TYLA M. FREWING (University of Victoria)
Description: This workshop will use a behavioral perspective to examine the challenges of creating and maintaining an effective ABA home program. This workshop will provide a comprehensive overview of these issues from three perspectives: an ABA trained parent who also works in the field, a practicing Behavioral Consultant and a behavioral tutor. The goal of the workshop is to discuss how those perspectives can work together both in theory and in practice. Participants will learn how the principles of applied behaviour analysis can be applied to hiring, training and the ongoing supervision of staff, and how these principles can be integrated into the structure of family life. This workshop will outline the importance of a team approach between the behavioral consultant, parent and therapists/tutors to run a maximally effective home-based ABA program.
Learning Objectives: o Describe the implications of parent training and involvement in a home program o List the necessary training components of a successful ABA home program o Identify the risks and challenges of a home program that does not incorporate a partnership approach o Describe of how the rules of behavior govern both family and staff approaches o Be able to apply these principles to practical �real life� home programming issues o Set up practical contingencies within the home to make programs effective o Describe the importance of practical, relevant behavior plan design and how parents must actively participate in both the training and implementation of behavior plans o List at least three common pitfalls that parents run into and potential real life solutions for each o Discuss what a consultant needs from a family for program success and ways to ensure these needs are met o List what a therapist/tutor needs from a family and how both parties can actively participate to make this relationship work. o Identify at least three ways you can provide your tutors with positive reinforcement. o Identify at least three examples of boundaries that should be upheld between parents and tutors. o Describe strategies that can be used to improve the way a team works and operates
Activities: Active group discussions as well as seminar type learning, with real life problem solving within the workshop; examples of successful programs and the approaches used, video presentation of successful strategies in action.
Audience: Behavior Analysts, parents who have or are setting up and managing a home program, Graduate students training to provide home programming consulting, Autism therapists/tutors, direct care staff, teachers and school personnel
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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