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

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Panel #411
Applied Behavior Analysis in Theory and Practice: Practical Implications of Coordinating Efforts Between Clinics and University Internships
Monday, May 31, 2010
1:30 PM–2:20 PM
201 (CC)
Area: AUT/EDC; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
Chair: Kristine Turko (Mount Union College)
JULIE KNAPP (Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism)
MICHAEL J. MANOS (Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism)
ALLISON NEWMAN (Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism)
Abstract: The number of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is increasing, with new prevalence rates indicating that 1 in 92 are diagnosed. Thus, the need for treatment providers who are trained to effectively use the techniques of ABA is paramount. This need can be met by coordinating the efforts of clinic-based treatment programs and universities via internships specializing in ASD. Currently, there are few specialized internships in ASD across the country. This panel will discuss 1. how internship programs can be established and the logistical considerations involved; 2. how internship programs can provide a cost-effective means of supplementing clinical staff, while training students who are planning to seek employment in a related field or enter graduate school; 3. the clinical outcomes of the children serviced by previous interns which demonstrates the success of such programs; and 4. how program assessment can benefit the future partnering internships by documenting their effectiveness and providing recommendations for incorporating formal educational components to compliment the applied internship activities. The panel will focus on the advantages of internship programs, while addressing important considerations and recommendations to optimize the experience of all parties, especially children with ASD.



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