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.


36th Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2010

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W37
CE Offered: BACB
It Takes a Village: Integrating Services for Students With Autism—a Collaborative and Cohesive Approach
Friday, May 28, 2010
6:00 PM–9:00 PM
Bonham B (Grand Hyatt)
Area: AUT/EDC; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
CE Instructor: Timothy Ludwig, Ph.D.
KATHLEEN MCCABE-ODRI (Advance, Inc.), LAURA KENNEALLY (Advance, Inc.), ANN MICHAEL (Partners in Learning, Inc.), PAMELA MODUGNO (Partners in Learning, Inc.), LORI A. LORENZETTI (Advance, Inc.), JENNIFER CORNELY (Partners in Learning, Inc.), NICOLE M. SWANFELD (Partners in Learning, Inc.)
Description: Integrating applied behavior analysis (ABA) programming with other service delivery disciplines has been historically challenging in inclusive settings. Often, professionals from varied backgrounds do not design cohesive curriculum, resulting in disjointed programming and confusion for the student with autism. A traditional pull-out model for speech and occupational therapy limits contact and training opportunities among professionals and often results in inconsistent expectations for student performance. Research shows that removal models do not foster generalized skills application, particularly in the area of communication. As generalization and the need for systematic and repeated opportunities to acquire new skills is part of the learning profile for those on the autism spectrum, it is critical for service providers to communicate and address the needs of students via best practice recommendations. This workshop addresses the concern for cohesive curriculum among service providers, offering a sample model of integrated services that unite both the classroom and the home environment to better serve the needs of students with autism.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to do the following: 1. utilize ABA principles and protocols to objectively measure progress during school-based integrated speech sessions, 2. utilize ABA principles and protocols to objectively measure progress during school-based integrated occupational therapy sessions, 3. integrate school-based therapy goals and curriculum into home and family settings via ABA methodology, 4. integrate school-based therapy goals and curriculum into classroom and individualized instruction sessions via ABA methodology.
Activities: The workhop will include a lecture, video samples, sample data sheets and assignments, and curriculum development references and guidelines.
Audience: This workshop is appropriate for members of child study teams including teachers, speech therapists, occupational therapists, behavior specialists, and consultants, as well as those serving students with autism in inclusive settings.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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