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.


42nd Annual Convention; Downtown Chicago, IL; 2016

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Panel #74
PDS: Consideration of Performance Management in Autism Service Delivery
Sunday, May 29, 2016
2:00 PM–2:50 PM
Vevey 3 & 4, Swissotel
Area: OBM/AUT; Domain: Theory
Chair: Trista Linn (St. Cloud State University)
LINDA A. LEBLANC (Trumpet Behavioral Health)
HEATHER M. MCGEE (Western Michigan University)
KAREN R. WAGNER (Behavior Services of Brevard, Inc;

For a field that capitalizes on the utility of feedback and motivation to influence behavior, behavior analysts working in service delivery may be able to improve the way that they manage the performance of employees who provide direct behavior analytic services. Applied behavior analysis has been accepted as the most effective treatment for deficit and excessive behaviors associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder. As a result, there is a dire need for therapists trained in the principles of behavior to provide one-on-one therapy to children diagnosed with autism. Unfortunately, qualified therapists are limited in number and potentially difficult to retain for long employment durations. In theory, those who have been extensively trained in the principles of behavior should be the most effective in performance management, however, this may not be the case. This panel will discuss how those working in behavior analytic service delivery are currently doing with respect to the management of employee behavior, how they could improve, and practical explanations for why constraints exist.

Keyword(s): Behavior Therapist, Employee incentives, Employee training, Performance Management



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