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.


31st Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2005

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W11
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Promoting Participation in Activity Among People with Severe Intellectual Disabilities Through the Active Support Model
Friday, May 27, 2005
10:00 AM–5:00 PM
5G (5th floor)
Area: DDA; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Sandy Toogood, Ph.D.
SANDY TOOGOOD (University of Wales, Bangor), VASO TOTSIKA (University of Wales, Bangor)
Description: Active Support (AS) describes an empirically tested group of procedures for organizing small community homes to maximize opportunities for adults and young persons with severe or profound intellectual impairments to participate fully in everyday, life-defining activity and social interaction. Active Support has integrated procedures for Activity Support Planning, Individual Program Planning, Community Access Logs, Opportunity Planning, Structured Teaching, data based Team Meetings and Interactive Training. Interactive Training is a structured behavioral approach to on-site staff training that is individually tailored to each staff-client combination. Interactive Training typically covers a) activity preparation and presentation, b) providing support and assistance, c) making participation rewarding, and d) managing personal behavior and the social environment. AS exploits the relationship between active participation and effective antecedent assistance from staff. AS also generates rich data for routinely monitoring service effort (inputs) and individual client experience (outcome). AS complements bespoke behavioral intervention (e.g. via establishing operations) and augmented communication systems where they are clinically relevant.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to: - Relate the ethics and theoretical basis of ABA to the philosophical orientation and core values of Active Support. - Describe the components of Active Support functionally and structurally. - Develop Activity Support Plans in his/her own services settings. - Operate a system of Opportunity Planning using behavioral objectives. - Cite applied research into Active Support as it relates to core concepts and methods in ABA. - Relate, compare and contrast Active Support with other applied behavior analytic approaches (e.g. Positive Behavior Support).
Activities: Data based presentation and discussion; Multi-media description and discussion; Rehearsing a selection of training exercises; Discussing and reviewing Active Support and other applied approaches. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to take part in, or observe and critically evaluate, a simulated behavioral observation and on-site training exercise.
Audience: Behavior analysts and other professionals working into small community homes for adults with intellectual disabilities.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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