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

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Symposium #24
Service Delivery Models for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their Families: Providing Services Across Home, Community and School Settings
Saturday, May 28, 2005
1:00 PM–2:20 PM
Stevens 5 (Lower Level)
Area: AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Linda S. Meyer (Alpine Learning Group)
Discussant: Linda S. Meyer (Alpine Learning Group)
Abstract: There is much agreement among educators, families and clinicians that services provided within the framework of applied behavior analysis is beneficial in addressing the needs of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). However, there are many questions regarding the relative benefit or effectiveness of various service delivery models. Decisions regarding the selection of service are often bound by the limitations set by the public school district and the financial resources of the family. The purpose of this symposium is to provide a description of 3 different service delivery models for children with ASD and their families. The unique aspect of this symposium is that all three models provide services to children and their families in the home/community. As well, each model is affiliated with a center-based program or collaborates with the child’s public school program. Thus, the service providers all face individualized challenges particular to their service delivery model with regard to curriculum development, behavior assessment and treatment, programming for generalization, parent participation, staffing needs and the like. Educators and clinicians will benefit from the discussion regarding the strengths and needs of each model and the problem solving process involved in ameliorating their own challenges.
ABA Outreach Services for Children with Autism: A Presentation of a Comprehensive and Effective Service Model
JUDITH L. PALAZZO (Connecticut Center for Child Development, Inc.), Erik A. Mayville (Connecticut Center for Child Development, Inc.)
Abstract: The Connecticut Center for Child Development Outreach Program model, providing home-based programs and consultative services for children with autism and their families, will be presented. A complete description of the model and its services for children with autism including intake assessment procedures, staffing, program development, and training will be outlined. Common problems concerning this type of model including difficulties with hiring, training and maintaining staff, training parents, and establishing and maintaining a cohesive educational team will be addressed. A sample of a consumer satisfaction survey will be presented.
Some Unique Challenges Providing Services Across Home and School Settings
ESTRELLA EDITH WELLS (ESU Burlington County Special Services), Rebecca L. Null (ESU Burlington County Special Services)
Abstract: There are a great many clinical challenges involved in providing home-based consultation services for individuals with autism and their families. Parent training and the creation of specific programming to promote generalization are just two of the familiar challenges facing clinicians and special educators. This presentation will include an overview and description of a county public school agency that currently provides home programming to approximately 48 developmentally delayed children. Therapeutic services in the home include academic programming, functional skill-building relevant to the home and community, pre-vocational and vocational skill development, behavior interventions, behavior management techniques, as well as the generalization of learned skills across environments. Somewhat unique to this agency is that the number of instructional hours can vary from 4-15 hours per week with only limited involvement by certain primary school service providers. This presentation will describe how services can be arranged to coordinate the home and school programs through observations, meetings, and monthly clinics. Student progress will be reviewed and tracked through the implementation of a specific form and parent training protocol designed to encourage effective generalization of skills.
Home Consultation Services for Families of the Ivymount Autism Program: An Extension of the Center-Based Program Addressing Behavior, Skill Acquisition and Generalization
LISA MARIE ANGELLO (The May Institute), Carrie Clark (Ivymount Autism Program), Tamara J. Marder (Ivymount Autism Program), Susan E. Holt (Ivymount Autism Program)
Abstract: Many families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders struggle with creating greater independence for their child at home, increasing much needed self-care skills, or managing challenging behavior. Additionally, generalization of skills mastered in the classroom to the home/community is often limited. Home Consultation Services were designed to provide individualized support to families of a center-based autism program. Consultation is family-directed and all services are designed to be conducted in a collaborative manner to work toward the ultimate goal of facilitating independence for students across settings. Three types of consultation services are available and include a) Individualized Consultation, b) the Proactive Generalization Program, and 3) the Workshop Program. Services are based on the most contemporary “best practice” approaches to assessment, education and treatment and are delivered through a behavioral model of consultation. The presentation will focus on program development, a description of the service delivery model as well as each type of service available, and report data regarding demand, service utilization, parent participation, and parent satisfaction.



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