Association for Behavior Analysis International

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35th Annual Convention; Phoenix, AZ; 2009

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Panel #536
CE Offered: BACB
Residential Program Models for Adolescents and Adults with Aggressive and Other Challenging Behaviors
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
10:30 AM–11:50 AM
North 128
Area: AUT/DDA; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
CE Instructor: David Lee, Ph.D.
Chair: Richard M. Foxx (Pennsylvania State University)
SHARON E. BAXTER (The Children's Foundation)
CARLOS V. GONZALEZ (Behavioral Services of Tennessee)
CLAYTON R. CEA (Behavioral Services of Tennessee)
Abstract: Some adolescents with severe aggressive and other challenging behaviors cannot live with their families because of the multitude of problems that they present. Adults displaying these behaviors often fail in residential settings because of low quality behavioral programming. This panel will present two related models for providing high quality residential programming for adolescents and adults. The Canadian model was developed for adolescents with autism and the US model for adults with autism and developmental disabilities. In both models, behavioral principles were utilized to develop comprehensive staff management, treatment, and data collection systems. The discussion will include the factors that led to the creation of the models, the development of the models, the sources of the funding, and an evaluation of each model’s success. Special emphasis will be given to difficulties encountered in establishing the models and to the strategy for ensuring their survival. Factors that contributed to success will be identified and discussed.



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