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 #W32
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Too Many Children, Not Enough Time: Teaching Others to Provide Intensive Behavior Therapy to Children with Autism
Friday, May 27, 2005
6:00 PM–9:00 PM
Williford B (3rd floor)
Area: AUT; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Colin Peeler, Ph.D.
COLIN PEELER (Florida State University)
Description: In 1987, Lovaas published the results of the UCLA Young Autism Project, in which 47% of the children receiving intensive behavior therapy (IBT) were mainstreamed into regular education classrooms. Since then there has been an ever increasing demand for well trained therapists that has exceeded the supply. Unfortunately, because of this the quality or quantity of services these children receive is typically below the standard and as such their gains are not maximized. However, it is possible through better training and supervision (i.e., better consultation) behavior analysts can teach almost anyone how to provide quality behavioral services and thereby increase the quantity and quality of therapy a child receives. This workshop will focus on three main sets of skills essential to achieving this outcome: basic therapy skills, consultation skills, and training skills.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to: - 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: In the first hour the presenter will focus on the difference between best practice as defined by the literature and actual practice as it is affected by training and funding issues. In the second hour the presenter will focus on the key skills all therapists should know and how to assess and train them. In the third hour the presenter will focus on how to efficiently supervise an in home program given a limited amount of time to do so. Video examples will be used throughout.
Audience: Behavior analysts, parents looking to set up and manage an in home program, autism program directors or consultants, autism therapists, direct care staff, teachers and school personnel.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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