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.


35th Annual Convention; Phoenix, AZ; 2009

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Symposium #353
Highlights of the CARD Model of Service Delivery for Children with Autism
Monday, May 25, 2009
9:00 AM–10:20 AM
North 129 B
Area: AUT/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Michele R. Bishop (Center for Autism and Related Disorders)
Abstract: The Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) is a large-scale service delivery agency that provides treatment, training, and consultative services to hundreds of individuals with autism around the world. CARD’s mission is to extend top-quality behavioral treatment to the maximum number of individuals with autism possible. Neither quality nor quantity can be compromised in this mission. The purpose of this symposium is to highlight some of the recent developments at CARD, in hopes of further fostering the development and dissemination of behavior analysis and autism treatment globally.
The CARD Curriculum: A Systematic Behavioral Attempt to Teach Everything Human Children Know How to Do
Doreen Granpeesheh (Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc.), Adel C. Najdowski (C.A.R.D., Inc.), MICHELE R. BISHOP (Center for Autism and Related Disorders)
Abstract: This paper will provide an overview of the structure and content of the CARD curriculum. The CARD was developed by attempting to identify every skill that a typically developing human child knows how to do, up to age 7. The rationale for such a comprehensive scope is that any particular client with autism may lack particular skills in virtually any area of functioning and those skills must then be taught. The CARD curriculum consists of systematic teaching programs in the areas of language, cognition, social skills, play, adaptive skills, motor skills, and academic skills.
Shaping Knowledge through Individual Life Learning Systems (SKILLS): A Comprehensive, Web-Based System for Assessing, Programming, and Training Intervention in Autism
Doreen Granpeesheh (Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc.), SIENNA GREENER-WOOTEN (Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc.), Adel C. Najdowski (C.A.R.D., Inc.), Dennis Dixon (Center for Autism and Related Disorders)
Abstract: The CARD SKILLS is a comprehensive web-based system for assessing skills, programming intervention targets, and training introductory-level therapists. The purpose of the development of SKILLS was to extend access to knowledge of applied behavior analysis to all regions of the world, as well as to increase quality and accessibility in our own backyard. This presentation will describe the development and deployment of SKILLS.
The CARD Specialized Outpatient Services Treatment Program
ARTHUR E. WILKE (Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc.), Katharine Gutshall (Center for Autism and Related Disorders), Taira Lanagan (Center for Autism and Related Disorders)
Abstract: This presentation will provide a description of CARD Specialized Outpatient Services (SOS). CARD SOS provides a suite of services targeted at making meaningful and rapid changes in high-priority behaviors. CARD SOS provides assessment and treatment of pediatric feeding disorders, assessment and treatment of severe behavior disorders, and facilitation of compliance with medical procedures, such as blood drawing. CARD SOS services are provided on a home-based, school-based, and outpatient basis, for as long as necessary depending on the unique needs of each individual client. Services include direct intervention, caregiver and teacher training, and planning for generalization and maintenance. CARD SOS serves individuals with and without developmental disabilities.
CARD II: A Description of the CARD Service Delivery Model for Older and Adolescents with Autism
SARAH CHO (Center for Autism and Related Disorders), Jonathan J. Tarbox (Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc.), Kathy Thompson (Center For Autism and Related Disorders, Inc.), Carolyn Bredek (Center for Autism and Related Disorders)
Abstract: Behavioral intervention for young children with autism is well-known and has received increased media attention in recent years. However, behavioral intervention for older children with autism can be particularly effective and often does not receive the recognition or attention it is due. This presentation will describe CARD II, CARD’s approach to service delivery for older children and young adults with autism. The presentation will be augmented with case examples.



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