Association for Behavior Analysis International

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40th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2014

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Workshop #W33
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Systematic Program Evaluation of Educational Services for Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders
Friday, May 23, 2014
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
W179b (McCormick Place Convention Center)
Area: AUT/PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Jessica R. Everett, Ph.D.
JESSICA R. EVERETT (Melmark New England), BARBARA O'MALLEY CANNON (Melmark New England), JAMES T. ELLIS (Step By Step Behavioral Solutions)
Description: The number of students with autism spectrum disorders currently being serviced within the educational system has increased tremendously in the past several years. These students function at varying levels and have varying educational needs. As a result, a variety of programming options have been developed to meet the needs of these students. Systematic evaluation of these programs is necessary to ensure effective progress and efficient delivery of services. Additionally, behavior analysts may be asked to evaluate the effectiveness of individual student programming. The current workshop will review evidence-based practice for educating students with autism spectrum disorders, effective programmatic evaluation strategies, and effective collaboration to best help educational teams and families meet the complicated needs of these students. Programmatic evaluation tools will be reviewed, and discussion will center around tying evaluation results to effective educational recommendations. Collaboration strategies will be reviewed in terms of sharing evaluation results with team members in ways that increase the likelihood of the results being implemented.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, the participant will be able to (1) identify the various components involved in individual and programmatic evaluation of student progress in learners with ASD, (2) select evaluation tools to be used in programmatic and individual evaluation of student progress, (3) develop recommendations for students with ASD that reflect best practice, and (4) present evaluation results in a collaborative way that increases the likelihood that recommendations will be implemented.
Activities: Open discussion, lecture, question and answer, video examples, small group work, and completion of observational record tools.
Audience: The target audience is BACB certificants and licensed psychologists, including behavior analysts working with students with autism spectrum disorders who may be asked to complete programmatic evaluation reviews. Behavior analysts who are asked to complete programmatic reviews of effective services related to individual students will also benefit from this workshop.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Autism Spectrum, Evidence-Based Practice, Interdisciplinary Collaboration, Program Evaluation



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