Association for Behavior Analysis International

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  • AUT: Autism

    BPH: Behavioral Pharmacology

    CBM: Clinical/Family/Behavioral Medicine

    CSE: Community Interventions, Social and Ethical Issues

    DDA: Developmental Disabilities

    DEV: Behavioral Development

    EAB: Experimental Analysis of Behavior

    EDC: Education

    OBM: Organizational Behavior Management

    TBA: Teaching Behavior Analysis

    TPC: Theoretical, Philosophical, and Conceptual Issues

    VRB: Verbal Behavior


Third Annual Autism Conference; Jacksonville, FL; 2009

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Invited Paper Session #8
CE Offered: PSY/BACB

Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention for Children with Autism: What Does the Research Tell Us?

Saturday, February 7, 2009
3:15 PM–4:15 PM
Grand Ballroom
Area: AUT; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Adrienne M. Perry, Ph.D.
Chair: James E. Carr (Auburn University)
ADRIENNE M. PERRY (York University)
Dr. Adrienne Perry is a Psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst specializing in children and adolescents with autism, including: assessment/diagnosis, treatment/intervention (especially Intensive Behavioural Intervention or IBI), research, and training of professionals and students. She is on faculty at York University in Toronto, Canada and is Director of Clinical Training for the Clinical-Developmental Psychology Graduate Program. She also works on a consulting/contractual basis for the autism program at Thistletown Regional Centre in Toronto and the Toronto IBI program at Surrey Place Centre. Dr. Perry was instrumental in the design of the Ontario publicly-funded province-wide IBI program, which began in 2000 and has grown to serve approximately 1,000 children. She has also taken a lead on research evaluating outcomes for children in the program, as well as several other related studies with colleagues from all nine autism IBI programs throughout the province. She and her students have also developed comprehensive measures to evaluate the quality of IBI teaching, programming, and service organizations. Dr. Perry and her students/colleagues present frequently at provincial and international conferences to disseminate knowledge regarding their research, as well as to promote evidence-based practice. Dr. Perry has over 30 publications and 200 presentations at professional conferences on autism-related topics. Dr. Perry has been honored by the Ontario Association on Behaviour Analysis, the Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities, and the Ontario government for her dedication to advancing research and services for children with autism.

Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) is a specialized form of intervention designed for young children with autism, based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). It is considered best practice for young children with autism, based on a body of research literature which has demonstrated superior outcomes relative to less intensive intervention, eclectic intervention, and special education. Yet, outcomes remain highly variable across children. This presentation will make the distinction between efficacy (can it be shown to work under ideal conditions?) and effectiveness (does it work in the real world under typical conditions in community-based services?) and will review what the literature tells us regarding both, as well as the literature on predictors of outcome (why do some children do well but not others?). The presentation will include a discussion of recent and current research on the province-wide, publicly-funded IBI program in Ontario, Canada. Challenges in conducting and interpreting this research will be outlined, as well as implications for practice.




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