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10th Annual Autism Conference; New Orleans, LA; 2016

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Invited Paper Session #7
CE Offered: PSY/BACB

Parent Training in Young Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder and Disruptive Behavior: A Multisite Randomized Trial

Tuesday, January 19, 2016
4:00 PM–4:50 PM
The Celestin Ballroom
Area: AUT; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Naomi Swiezy, Ph.D.
Chair: Jennifer R. Zarcone (Kennedy Krieger Institute)
NAOMI SWIEZY (HANDS in Autism, Indiana University School of Medicine)
Dr. Swiezy specializes in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), caregiver training, and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She is the Alan H. Cohen Family Scholar of Psychiatry and Professor of Clinical Psychology in Clinical Psychiatry as well as the Founder and Director of the HANDS in Autism Interdisciplinary Training and Resource Center at the IU School of Medicine. The HANDS in Autism framework and curriculum provides engaging and interactive training of the comprehensive curriculum and process for serving those with ASD and related neurodevelopmental and behavioral disorders to a range of consumers and disciplines. Participants at the Center learn through shadowing, coaching and mentoring for more active learning processes. Bridging of information and resources across the community facilitate collaboration, local capacity and sustainability of efforts towards supporting the growth, development and success of individuals with ASD. Dr. Swiezy provides consultation relevant to the lifespan in clinic and community through state and local contracts and collaborations. Dr. Swiezy has served as a board member and committee member to a number of hospital, university and community organizations and is currently an editorial board member of the peer-reviewed journal, Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders and also serves as a standing member on an NIH review committee (SERV). Dr. Swiezy’s research interests focus on implementation science and efforts towards the empirical support for HANDS-developed measures, process and programming, implementation and local capacity building with ABA-based strategies and procedures in community-based settings. Dr. Swiezy presents and publishes widely in the area of autism and the development of the HANDS program.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) presents as a major public health concern. In addition to the core features of ASD, available evidence suggests that as many as 70% of children with ASD exhibit disruptive behaviors such as tantrums, noncompliance, aggression, and self-injury. Such behaviors can significantly limit the child's ability to make use of educational and other services, thereby interfering with the acquisition and performance of daily living skills as well as the exacerbation of social isolation. Given the rising prevalence of ASD and inadequate accessibility of specialists adequately trained in the disorder, our multisite network determined that the development of an exportable and cost-effective intervention was essential. Parent training (PT) has already been well-established and empirically supported as an intervention for children with disruptive behavior uncomplicated by ASD but not in those with ASD. Single-subject designs have established that behavior modification can be effectively trained to parents to reduce the behavioral problems of children with ASD. This presentation will describe more about the premise for the multisite development and testing of the manualized and potentially exportable PT model as a stand-alone intervention for young children with ASD and disruptive behaviors.




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