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.


10th International Conference; Stockholm, Sweden; 2019

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Panel #78
Supporting Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorder in Successful Transitions to Adulthood: Pathways, Pitfalls, and Progress
Monday, September 30, 2019
10:30 AM–11:20 AM
Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre, Level 6, A2
Area: AUT/EDC; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Eileen Hopkins (Eden II Programs)
PAIGE RAETZ (Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center)
RANDY I. HOROWITZ (Nassau Suffolk Services for Autism)

Despite the ongoing advances in effective intervention for children with autism spectrum disorder, outcomes in adulthood remain highly variable. This panel will discuss the literature on adult outcomes and the factors that appear to play a role. Presenters will share perspectives and experiences on how families, supporting organizations, and individuals with autism spectrum disorder can work together to plan early and effectively for the transition to adulthood. Gaps encountered in ABA-based educational settings with regard to planning and programming for adulthood will be shared, along with successful strategies to ensure essential skills are identified and developed. The panel will integrate information from available research on adult outcomes, and direct experience as service providers in areas including: identifying appropriate curricular targets, consideration of different approaches to build essential skills, assessment, progress monitoring, risk analysis, individual choice making, and approaches to service delivery fidelity and accountability. Panel presenters will share experiences and insights from three different service organizations across the United States of America, each of which utilizes different approaches, models, and funding sources, while maintaining a strong commitment to effective services grounded in applied behavior analysis.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): adult outcomes, autism education, transition planning



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