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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Paper Session #418
Int'l Paper Session - Delivering Home-Based Behavioral Services
Tuesday, May 31, 2005
9:00 AM–10:20 AM
Williford A (3rd floor)
Area: CBM
Chair: Mark A. Balazs (Learning Consultant)
Power to the People: Delivery of ABA Services to Individual Consumers over the World Wide Web
Domain: Service Delivery
CRIS T. CLAY (University of the Pacific), Peter C. Patch (Northeast Behavioral Associates)
Abstract: A model for ABA service delivery over the world-wide-web focusing on habit change is presented. Elements of service delivery include indirect analysis via questionnaire and live internet chat, behavior change plans developed and posted via automated database, implementation and monitoring of behavior change plan by the consumer, live behavioral coaching sessions for monitoring and adjustment, and graphic feedback provided via automated database. Results of an intervention case are presented, and advantages and disadvantages of the service delivery method are discussed.
Applied Behavior Analysis in Home Settings
Domain: Applied Research
Abstract: Applied Behavior Analysis continues to make inroads into community treatment settings (e.g. schools, counseling and mental health centers, delinquency programs), but often at the hands of marginally trained staff. Generalization of such treatment into families' homes is often limited, and not specifically included in formal program plans. This presentation addresses methods and benefits of moving behavioral treatment interventions into the home. Topics include rationale for home-based services, selling the plan to parents and families, specific behavioral applications, treatment and evaluation methods, and coordination with other community services for the family. Data from case studies will be presented.
Home Programs for Developmental Disabilities: Interventions to Support Parents and Other Family Members
Domain: Service Delivery
MARK A. BALAZS (Learning Consultant)
Abstract: A child with a developmental disability has an enormous impact on parents, siblings and other family members. The impact is inevitably emotional and is also likely to involve behaviors that affect both family life and the effectiveness of a home-based ABA program. I am the father of a 5 year old boy who has autism, am a therapist on his home program, and am studying for ABA board certification. I help UK parents implement their own ABA home programs. I therefore have experience, both first-hand and professionally, of these family implications. I was formerly a psychotherapist, counselor, and college teacher of therapists. Few ABA professionals delivering home programs have experience of therapeutic counseling. As well as designing and implementing ABA programs, for which they have the repertoire, and delivering training, for which they may, they must often respond to emotionally charged requests for help from parents and may well find themselves involved in a highly stressed family situation.In this paper I will explore the forms family issues can take and their impact on home programs. I will suggest strategies for enabling analysts to respond more effectively to reduce distress and increase parents’ effectiveness in their children’s programs.



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