|Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention: Family Characteristics Affecting Choice of Service Intensity and Child Outcomes
|Monday, May 31, 2010
|4:00 PM–4:50 PM
|Area: AUT/CBM; Domain: Service Delivery
|CE Instructor: Thomas Zane, Ph.D.
|Chair: Robert F. Littleton Jr. (Evergreen Center)
|ROBERT F. LITTLETON JR. (Evergreen Center)
|STEVEN WOOLF (BEACON Services)
|ROBERT K. ROSS (BEACON Services)
|Abstract: Across the United States, individual states have recently enacted or initiated legislation supporting early intensive behavioral intervention (EIBI) services to families and children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Research has demonstrated the effectiveness of EIBI services in controlled settings. However, there is minimal research demonstrating the effectiveness of EIBI within home-based settings. Panel members will discuss the implications of providing home-based EIBI within the context of outcome data collected on 200 children below 36 months of age diagnosed with ASD. These data were collected across large geographic regions with culturally diverse populations. The panel shall address treatment data categorized relative to the number of weekly home-based ABA treatment hours. Additionally, panel members will examine characteristics of families (socio-economic status, parents educational levels, number of siblings, and culture) affecting the selection various service intensity levels. The panel will explore solutions to challenges posed by providing EIBI services across a large geographic region and varying family demographics, while inviting participation from attendees.