|Evaluating the Efficacy of Autism Programs: Making Evidence Based Decisions
|Friday, May 27, 2005
|6:00 PM–9:00 PM
|Private Dining Room 3 (3rd floor)
|Area: AUT; Domain: Applied Research
|CE Instructor: Suzanne Letso, M.A.
|SUZANNE LETSO (Connecticut Center for Child Development), ERICA ROEST (Connecticut Center for Child Development)
|Description: Until recently, parents and professionals where faced with the task of single handedly creating a applied behavior analytic program for a child in need of educational services. Today, a host of programs and services are available throughout the country in both public and private settings. The more challenging question now is to determine whether or not any particular program is actually based on the educational principals of applied behavior analysis, or not. Secondarily, parents and professionals need to assess whether the potential behavioral services and learning environments are appropriate to meet the specific needs of a given child. This workshop will provide information and resources to assist parents and professionals making educational placement decisions. Key programmatic components, environmental considerations, and staff competencies will be discussed. Methods of collecting data to support the decision making process will be described, and samples provided.
|Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will have learned: - A general description of behavior analytic services for children with autism encompassing a wide range of environments will be provided. - Availability of assessment tools to determine a particular studentï¿½s readiness for active participation in different learning environments. - Basic program criteria including credentials of staff, staffing ratios, training, supervision, and access to peers and the community. - To create a customized check-list of critical features in relation to a studentï¿½s individual educational needs.
|Activities: Didactic lecture, group discussion and guided notes will be utilized. Handouts will include identification of additional resources, sample data collection systems, and sample IEP objectives.
|Audience: Behavior analysts, school administrators, or other educational service providers working in applied settings with individuals with autism or related disorders. Participants should have knowledge of applied behavior analysis and autism treatment.
|Content Area: Practice
|Instruction Level: Basic