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.

30th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2004

Workshop Details


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Workshop #W19
CE Offered: None
Evaluating the Efficacy of Autism Programs: Making Evidence Based Decisions
Friday, May 28, 2004
10:00 AM–1:00 PM
Beacon A
Area: PRA; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Suzanne Letso, Ed.D.
SUZANNE LETSO (Connecticut Center for Child Development, Inc.), ERICA ROEST (Institute for Educational Planning, LLC)
Description: As recently as five years ago, parents and professionals were faced with the task of single-handedly creating an applied behavior analytic program for a child in need of educational services. Today, a host of programs and services are available throughout the country in both public and private settings. The more challenging question now is to determine whether or not any particular program is actually based on the educational principals of applied behavior analysis. Secondarily, parents and professionals need to assess whether the potential behavioral services and learning environments are appropriate to meet the specific needs of a given child. This workshop will provide information and resources to assist parents and professionals making educational placement decisions. Key programmatic components, environmental considerations, and staff competencies will be discussed. Methods of collecting data to support the decision making process will be described, and samples provided.
Learning Objectives: At the completion of the workshop, participants will be able to: Understand a general description of behavior analytic services for children with autism encompassing a wide range of environments. Identify assessment tools to determine a particular student�s readiness for active participation in different learning environments. Determine basic program criteria including credentials of staff, staffing ratios, training, supervision, and access to peers and the community. Create a customized check-list of critical features in relation to a student�s individual educational needs.
Activities: Didactic lecture, group discussion and guided notes will be utilized. Handouts will include identification of additional resources, sample data collection systems, and sample IEP objectives.
Audience: Behavior analysts, program administrators, parents, and other educational service providers working in applied settings with children with autism or related disorders. Participants should have some knowledge of applied behavior analysis and autism treatment.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic

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