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.


40th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2014

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Paper Session #50
Comparing Efficacy, Effectiveness and Efficiency of Individualized Programs for Children with a Disability after 2 Years of Applied Practice in Public schools, Homes and Learning Centers
Saturday, May 24, 2014
3:00 PM–3:20 PM
W185d (McCormick Place Convention Center)
Area: AUT
Chair: Fabiola Casarini (Tice Learning Centre)

Comparing Efficacy, Effectiveness, and Efficiency of Individualized Programs for Children With a Disability after Two Years of Applied Practice in Public Schools, Homes, and Learning Centers

Domain: Applied Research
FABIOLA CASARINI (Tice Learning Centre), Francesca Cavallini (University of Parma), Vanessa Artoni (Universita degli Studi di Parma), Valentina Tirelli (Tice Learning Centre)

We applied CABAS-based interventions in learning centers, in schools, and at home for 21 children with autism and other disabilities, comparing their performance and their development with criterion-based assessment tools at different intensivity conditions (25 versus 12 hours a week). Participants were 24 male and 6 female, 3 to 11 years old, born and living in Italy, ranging from emergent-listener emergent-speaker to emergent-reader emergent-writer levels of Verbal Behavior (Greer & Ross, 2008). Dependent variables were monthly number of objectives and rate of learning (Learn Units to Criterion) for each participant. Parents and teachers' written answers to questions were used to compare parents' verbal behavior about low versus high intensivity and home versus school or center based interventions preferences. The independent variables were individualized center-based or school plus home plus center-based treatments, with a multielement design for each Participant. Early data suggest that despite low intensivity center-based treatments and high-intensivity home-based treatments were labeled as "more effective" by most parents and teachers, center-based 12 to 25 hours a week interventions seemed to be consistently the most efficient treatment option. We will discuss the significance of these data in terms of researchers' need to collect and spread data on different treatment "packages" costs and effects.




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