Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis InternationalĀ® (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.


40th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2014

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Paper Session #329
Collaboration and Community Outreach: Establishing Comprehensive Service Delivery for Individuals with Autism
Monday, May 26, 2014
9:00 AM–10:50 AM
W184a (McCormick Place Convention Center)
Area: AUT
Chair: Amy-Jane Griffiths (The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Chapman University)

Interagency Collaboration: Working Together to Improve Behavior Intervention Outcomes for Youth With Autism Spectrum Disorders

Domain: Service Delivery
AMY-JANE GRIFFITHS (The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Chapman University), Kelly McKinnon (Kelly McKinnon & Associates), Hayley Taitz (Chapman University), Jared Izumi (Chapman University)

Improving the quality of life and the education of children with disabilities and their families requires the collective knowledge, skills, experience and expertise of all family members and professionals. Many youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and neurodevelopmental disorders receive support and services from a variety of agencies, including schools, physicians, ABA providers, and other rehabilitative services. Although these service providers are working very hard to assist the child and family, they may be working in isolation, and could potentially contradict the work done in other settings. In this session, we will discuss an interagency collaboration model that we have used in our agency in order to bring together service systems, identify common goals, and improve outcomes for our children and their families. Specifically, we will discuss the importance of collaboration, a series of steps and tips for developing collaborative interagency relationships, and positive outcomes associated with such collaborations. With an emphasis on working together, children will benefit from continuity in delivery of services and support and improved outcomes in their areas of need.


Collaboration With a Community-Based Preschool on Implementing a Positive Behavior Support Plan

Domain: Applied Research
DAISY WANG (Autism Spectrum Therapies)

Collaboration with community-based childcare facilities can be a challenging or a fruitful experience. When the community partner feel their methods or beliefs are challenged, it is difficult to achieve "buy in" and work seamlessly as a team. On the other hand, with genuine collaboration, it is possible to partner with early childhood educators to develop contextually sensitive and clinically sound interventions. This presentation outlines a successful experience of working with a community-based preschool in Vancouver, British Columbia. The participant exhibited aggression toward other children in the facility, which had severe negative impact with establishing friendships and even his placement in the classroom. Through weekly team meetings, the author helped facilitate the development, implementation, and ongoing monitoring of a Positive Behavior Support plan for challenging behaviors for a young child with autism. At the end of a 3 month period, aggression was completely eliminated and the child had developed friendship with a few children in the class. A workable model and video feedback from the preschool staff are provided.


Autism Intervention Via Parental Training in Northern Brazil

Domain: Applied Research
MARILU MICHELLY CRUZ DE BORBA (Universidade Federal do Para), Romariz Barros (Universidade Federal do Para)

Early and intensive, one-to-one, behavioral intervention to autism is highly effective but inaccessible to a great portion of the affected population in northern Brazil. This applied research evaluated the efficacy of an parental-based ABA intervention program to develop basic repertoire in six children (2 to 6 years old) diagnosed with autism in Belm, Par State - northern Brazil. The following repertoires were focused in the intervention: "sit down", "attend when called by name", "wait", "visual tracking", "imitation with and without objects". Phase 1 (lasting 32 hours) was to teach basic behavior-analysis concepts to caregivers via PSI. Meanwhile, children were evaluated to establish individualized intervention plans. In Phase 2, the caregivers were taught to carry out the intervention programs, using role-playing and demonstration with teaching assistants. In Phase 3, caregivers carried out the intervention programs with their children in the laboratory setting. In Phase 4, the caregivers were allowed to administer the intervention programs at home. Five of the children reached independent responding in all programs (with exception of one program for one child). The data reported here shows that our simplified parental intervention program is a promising alternative to give a more comprehensive access to ABA intervention to autism.


The Reality of Working With Individuals With Autism in Peru using an ABA Approach

Domain: Service Delivery
MAPY CHAVEZ CUETO (Alcanzando), Antuanete Chavez (Alcanzando)

Working with individuals with autism has particular challenges in every culture. We have met these challenges as a newly funded organizacion in Lima, Peru. Six-Years after relocating to Lima, Peru, a Peruvian-born, American-raised certified behavior analyst shares what the data show in Alcanzando, an ABA Early Intervention Center located in Lima, Peru. We will discuss the challenges of working in our home country, as well as dissemination and outreach.




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