Association for Behavior Analysis International

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31st Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2005

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Workshop #W57
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Toilet Training for Autistic & Encopretic Children: Data-Based Bio-Behavioral Intervention
Saturday, May 28, 2005
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
Williford B (3rd floor)
Area: AUT; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Michael Ben-Zvi, M.A.
MICHAEL BEN-ZVI (NATAV Private Practice, Israel)
Description: While early intensive interventions are widely used to improve communicative, cognitive and other skills, toilet training for autistic children is still a challenge to behavior analysis. Encopresis is a very disturbing illness, not so rare with normal children. The combination of those two is even worse. The use of Reflexes and Respondent conditioning (in combination with operant conditioning) is needed for complex behaviors that are only partly Operant. The purpose of this workshop is to address that need, especially for the acquiring of proper bowl movement on toilet, both for Encopretic and Autistic children. The workshop will cover the theoretical assumptions behind the intervention, the protocol of treatment and its accommodations to each child. Ethical considerations, Data collection and decision making in the course of intervention will be discussed. Case studies will be presented, and the toilet training of urination will be addressed shortly.
Learning Objectives: At the completion of the workshop, participant will be able to: - Know and understand the protocol of intervention - Explain the intervention to parent of non trained child - Gather the required data for decision making before and through the intervention - Detect the relevant symptom of Encopresis and apply the proper intervention. - Address ethical considerations and rejections. - Support parents through implementation of the intervention.
Activities: Activities will include presentation of both rational and practical issues, analyzing data records, practicing the collection of data on relevant Data sheets, and discussion of questions.
Audience: Behavior analysts, consultants and program managers of interventions with autistic population, clinicians who address Encopresis, parent of Encopretic and autistic children.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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