Association for Behavior Analysis International

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10th International Conference; Stockholm, Sweden; 2019

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Paper Session #74
Traumatic Brain Injury and ABA
Monday, September 30, 2019
9:00 AM–9:50 AM
Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre, Level 2, C3
Chair: Barbara O'Malley Cannon (Melmark New England)
The Use of Applied Behavior Analysis Beyond Autism in a Public School Setting
Area: DDA
Domain: Service Delivery
BARBARA O'MALLEY CANNON (Melmark New England), Jessica R. Everett (Melmark New England)
Abstract: Although the use of Applied Behavior Analysis is most prevalent in the treatment of autism in the public schools, it is beginning to gather acceptance for use across many developmental disabilities and neurological disorders. This paper will discuss the implementation of a behavioral program for a young boy with a traumatic brain injury from birth. The paper will discuss the precedent for the use of applied behavior analysis in such cases and review the literature supporting its success. Further, a case study will be presented outlining the steps taken, the data collection, and the outcomes of the case.
Considerations for Working With Individuals With Brain Injury and Case Examples
Area: CBM
Domain: Service Delivery
ANNEKA HOFSCHNEIDER (Centre for Neuro Skills), Chris Persel (Centre for Neuro Skills)
Abstract: According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC, 2017), about 2.5 million people sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the United States. TBI, called the “silent epidemic”, affects an individual’s physical, cognitive, sensational, emotional, and behavioral functioning and may have long-lasting effects (2017). This paper will briefly review the medical and behavioral sequelae that follow brain injury survivors, outline useful antecedent/ consequence interventions, and discuss behavior analytic applications. Behavioral principles (i.e., escape extinction, token economy, and self-monitoring) addressing severe problem behavior from four unique cases- ranging from severe traumatic to encephalitis-based injuries –showing significant decrements (0% levels at discharge compared to 20 – 50% at baseline) in exiting, inappropriate crying, and socially inappropriate behaviors will be reviewed. Data and limitations will be discussed.



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