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.


48th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2022

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Panel #340
CE Offered: BACB
Bridging Transitions Gaps: Best Practice Model to Ensure Health, Independence, and Happiness for Adults With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Sunday, May 29, 2022
5:00 PM–5:50 PM
Meeting Level 2; Room 252A
Area: DDA/CSS; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Amanda P. Laprime, Ph.D.
Chair: Amanda P. Laprime (University of Rochester Medical Center )
JOSEPH D. DRACOBLY (University of North Texas)
JENNIFER MORRISON-DIALLO (Kings County Hospital Center)
JULIE ROBYN RUSSELL (Brooklyn Autism Center)

Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) are vulnerable to “falling off the cliff” when they transition from childhood to adulthood. Although pediatric services systems (medical, mental and behavioral health, and educational) have been developed to be highly integrated, interprofessional, and supportive, adult service systems are often criticized as being disconnected, insufficiently funded, poorly resourced, and given secondary prioritization in terms relative to pediatric systems. With the sheer number of children with autism and I/DD turning 18/21 in the next few years, it is essential that behavior analysts utilize their science to operationalize evidence based approaches, and consider how to advocate for, establish roles in, analyze the effects of, and substantially expand clinical programs for adults with I/DD. In this panel, behavior analytic leaders in integrated healthcare, vocation, education, and behavioral and mental health will discuss the current barriers in achieving success in each of these areas for transition-aged adolescents and adults with I/DD. Each panelist will identify key elements of successful models, and describe how behavior analysts can partner with the individuals themselves, their families, advocates, and service systems, to ensure health, happiness, and independence for those we have the privilege of supporting in their adult lives.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

This is for clinicians and practitioners who service transition aged youth and adults across educational, vocational, residential, or medical/behavioral health settings. Clinicians must have an advanced skill set in applying behavior analytic interventions.

Learning Objectives: Participants will identify barriers to adequate transition-related services across areas identified in the discussion Participants will define and describe the key components of adequate adult service models across vocational, medical, and behavioral health systems Participants will equate observable and operationalized behaviors to the qualities of health, happiness, and independence
Keyword(s): behavioral health, independence, vocation, medical



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