Association for Behavior Analysis International

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42nd Annual Convention; Downtown Chicago, IL; 2016

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Symposium #167
CE Offered: BACB
Widescale Implementation for Children With Autism and Adults With Intellectual Disabilities Using the PEAK Relational Training System
Monday, May 30, 2016
8:00 AM–8:50 AM
Randolph, Hyatt Regency, Bronze East
Area: AUT/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Leah Verkuylen (Southern Illinois University- Carbondale)
CE Instructor: Karen R. Harper, M.A.
Abstract: Several treatment protocols that are applied behavior analytic have become available to consumers over the past decade, conferring the advantages of large scale implementation and dissemination of behavior analytic techniques for teaching a variety of skills. The Promoting the Emergence of Advanced Knowledge Relational Training System (PEAK) is one such protocol that incorporates aspects of verbal behavior therapy and contemporary advances in the application of Stimulus Equivalence and Relational Frame Theory. Several studies have recently been published that support the psychometric reliability and validity of the PEAK assessments, as well as the effectiveness of the corresponding PEAK curricula. The present set of studies will outline how to modify the PEAK curriculum for implementation at an agency level, how to use empirical evaluations of PEAK to maximize insurance reimbursement, and how to train staff at an agency in order to improve implementation fidelity and increase corresponding participant outcomes.
Keyword(s): Insurance, OBM, PEAK, Procedural Integrity
PEAK for IBI: Effectiveness of the PEAK Relational Training System Guides on Strengthening Procedural Integrity in Intensive Behavioral Intervention in Ontario
SARAH M. DUNKEL-JACKSON (Kinark Child and Family Services)
Abstract: In Ontario, the Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS) funds Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder aged 0 to 18 years. By utilizing evidence- based best practices founded upon the principles of behavior analysis (ABA), IBI service providers implement intervention programs to increase the developmental trajectory of children diagnosed with ASD. Curriculum assessments based primarily on Skinner’s (1957) Verbal Behavior and procedures such as discrete trial training (DTT) have proven useful to service providers when designing IBI programming. A new curriculum guide based on a contemporary behavior-analytic approach, the PEAK Relational Training System, may prove to further enhance quality IBI services for children with ASD in Ontario. The current study will provide an examination of the effectiveness of the PEAK curriculum and assessment guides on the procedural integrity of IBI staff conducting PEAK DTT sessions. Supplemental staff training resources and data management systems will also be discussed.
PEAK on the Front Lines: A System-Wide Roll Out in a Large Organization
MARK R. DIXON (Southern Illinois University), Brooke Diane Walker (Easter Seals Bay Area), Puja Chocha (Easter Seals Bay Area), Liza Marquie (Easter Seals Bay Area)
Abstract: When ABA providers seek financial reimbursement from insurance companies, they must justify the need for services as well as the intensity of such services. Less than optimal funding may occur when behavior analysts rely on single case designs, assessments with little to no reliability or validity, or clinical opinion about treatment intensity. This presentation will walk through how our agency was able to maximize insurance authorizations using service requests built upon data via PEAK's correlations with IQ, randomized control trials, and norm referencing data. Sample authorization requests will be presented along with a brief review of PEAK's extensive psychometric evidence as an effective ABA assessment and curriculum.
Real World Implementation of PEAK With Adults in a Large Multi-State Community-Based ABA Provider
KAREN R. HARPER (ABA of Illinois, LLC), Dena Kime (Southern Illinois University), Jaime A. Rische (ABA of Illinois, LLC), Jamie Matas (ABA of Illinois, LLC)
Abstract: Transferring ABA technologies from laboratory to practice is a daunting task. Too often the clinician on the front line is left with either a complex experimental procedure to extract utility, or an overly basic practice technique which fails to account for the complete needs of the client. This presentation will tell the tale of a large multiple-state organization who has successfully implemented the PEAK Relational Training System to teach new skills to adults with intellectual disabilities. Using a series of randomized controlled trials we were able to produce effective clinical outcomes for our consumers by implementing PEAK and comparing it to treatment as usual. These data suggest that learning does not stop when an individual ages out of the educational system, and also suggests that the curriculum presented in PEAK has utility for adults with disabilities.



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