Association for Behavior Analysis International

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35th Annual Convention; Phoenix, AZ; 2009

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Symposium #228
Considerations in starting an ABA autism service
Sunday, May 24, 2009
1:30 PM–2:50 PM
North 124 A
Area: AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Amanda N. Adams (California State University, Fresno)
Discussant: Marianne L. Jackson (California State Unversity, Fresno)
Abstract: This symposium examines several methods of bringing autism services to communities with different issues and considerations that challenge service providers. ONe talk will focus on building relationships with community service providers, a second on training parents in areas of lack of funding for austim services, and the final presentation on possible benefits of center based programs for children with autism. Time for questions and discussion will be alloted at the end of the presentations.
Community Partnerships and Funding: Being Effective and Timely
CHRISTINA SEXTON (UNR), Ashley Greenwald (University of Nevada, Reno), Marianne L. Jackson (California State Unversity, Fresno), Melissa Nosik (TEAM Centers), Holly Seniuk (University Nevada Reno), Christine Walsh (UNR), Chelsea Wilhite (UNR), W. Larry Williams (University of Nevada, Reno)
Abstract: Acquiring funding for autism services in some areas can be a major obstacle in getting behavioral intervention. This presentation will provide an overview of some of the important areas related to funding acquisition, contract development, and will also provide tips for working effectively with existing community service providers who have political and government significance. Fawcette’s(1978) community Psychology principles will be related to these variables
A Service Delivery Model for families in areas with few or no in-home intensive services
HOLLY SENIUK (University Nevada Reno), Lavonne Brooks (UNR), Ashley Greenwald (University of Nevada, Reno), Marianne L. Jackson (California State Unversity, Fresno), Melissa Nosik (TEAM Centers), Christina Sexton (UNR), Christine Walsh (UNR), Chelsea Wilhite (California State University, Fresno)
Abstract: Autism has received much press recently, and while there is much research supporting intensive behavioral intervention, there are situations in which this is not within a family’s resources. This presentation will provide an overview of a behavioral consultant service delivery model for those with autism that may fall into this category. This model utilizes a two prong approach to amelioration of the symptoms of this disorder: comprehensive functional assessment of the individual and competency-based instruction on basic behavior techniques to parents. After an overview of this model, we will suggest some modifications scaled to available resources. One of the most innovative features of this training model is the incorporation of the skill acquisition of the parents occurring in tandem with the in-home assessments and interventions. Aspects of these training classes include several methods which have demonstrated generality to the home environment. Data will be presented on acquisition and maintenance of those skills after completion of the instruction.
Beginning a center-based autism program
AMANDA N. ADAMS (California State University, Fresno)
Abstract: The Central California Autism Center (CCAC) is a center based program for young children with autism housed on the grounds of California State university, Fresno. This program was begun by the Behavior Analysis program in the Department of Psychology and runs as a cooperative project with the Colleges of Science and Mathematics and the College of Education. The center took a year to establish and a second year to build to a financially viable operation. State funding was procured, university and state paperwork filed, student recruited and trained, referrals sought, and finally, treatment programs initiated. Now, at the beginning of its second year, the CCAC provides over 350 hours of ABA therapy per week to 16 children, employees over 30 students and is engaging in an active research program. Our purpose is three-fold: 1) to provide excellent training and experience for undergraduate and graduate students , 2) to conduct and promote active research in best practices for behavioral treatment for autism , and 3) to provide the community with outstanding behavioral therapy programs. This presentation will discuss how to replicate this or similar models in university and non-university settings.



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