Association for Behavior Analysis International

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42nd Annual Convention; Downtown Chicago, IL; 2016

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Symposium #419
CE Offered: BACB
New Horizons in Training Parents of Children With Autism
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
9:00 AM–9:50 AM
Grand Ballroom CD South, Hyatt Regency, Gold East
Area: DDA/EAB; Domain: Applied Research
Chair: Evelyn R. Gould (FirstSteps for Kids)
Discussant: Karen Kate Kellum (University of Mississippi)
CE Instructor: Evelyn R. Gould, M.A.

Ample research has demonstrated that behavioral interventions implemented directly with children with autism are effective in producing a large variety of socially meaningful behavior changes. However, parents will always be the ones who have the greatest influence on the outcome of their children. Parent training, therefore, continues to be a major priority, if behavior change is to be broad and enduring. This symposium brings together two presentations that push the envelope of standard behavioral parent training. The first presentation, by Taira Lanagan, consists of an evaluation of a tele health approach to training parents to treat their children's food selectivity. The second presentation, by Evelyn Gould, consists of an evaluation of a acceptance and commitment-based approach to training parents of children with autism. The symposium concludes with a discussion by Dr. Karen Kate Kellum.

Keyword(s): ACT, feeding, parent training, telehealth

A Telemedicine Approach to Training Parents to Treat Their Child's Food Selectivity

TAIRA LANAGAN (FirstSteps for Kids, Inc.), Jonathan J. Tarbox (FirstSteps for Kids), Courtney Tarbox Lanagan (FirstSteps for Kids, Inc.)

Ample research has established the effectiveness of behavior analytic approaches to treating feeding disorders in children with autism. However, very few experts in feeding disorders are available to provide treatment. Therefore, methods for disseminating expertise more broadly are needed. This presentation consists of a study that evaluated a telemedicine approach to training parents to treat their child's food selectivity. Overall, parents were amenable to training at great distances and child gains resembled that which is normally obtained with behavior analysts directly implementing treatment.


Acceptance and Commitment Approach to Training Parents of Children With Autism

EVELYN R. GOULD (FirstSteps for Kids), Jonathan J. Tarbox (FirstSteps for Kids)

Behavioral parent training is a critical component of effective treatment for children with autism, however, practitioners frequently encounter challenges with respect to parent involvement and the delivery of parent training. The potential role of covert verbal behavior in parenting interactions and compliance with treatment protocols has not been addressed significantly by the behavioral parent training literature. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a behavior analytic intervention that seeks to increase adaptive, flexible responding by decreasing the influence of problematic private events, such as overly rigid rule-deriving and rule-following. ACT has been shown to be effective with a wide-range of populations and issues, however, research involving parents of children with ASD is currently in its infancy. This ongoing study will examine the effects of a brief ACT-based parent training protocol on involvement (e.g., attendance and participation in team meetings), treatment adherence, and child problem behavior. In addition, this study will assess the feasibility and benefits of implementing this brief protocol within the context of community-based ABA service delivery.




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