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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Symposium #181
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Applied Behavior Analysis in Educational, Hospital, and Residential Settings: Foundations for Individual Programming and Program Management
Sunday, May 30, 2010
10:30 AM–11:50 AM
217D (CC)
Area: DDA/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Michael F. Cataldo (Kennedy Krieger Institute)
CE Instructor: Jessica Doucette, M.S.
Abstract: This symposium will feature speakers who will discuss programs representing a range of settings in which behavior analytic services are provided, including a public and a private school, an inpatient unit, and a residential program. Specific programs to be discussed will be the New England Center for Children’s ABA classroom in a public school setting; the Alpine Learning Group’s ABA school-based program; the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s inpatient behavioral unit; and Advoserve’s residential program. Presenters will discuss the structure and function of these programs, including how a behavior analytic conceptual framework guides clinical programming as well as program management.
Using Applied Behavior Analysis in Public Schools: A Fruitful, Yet Challenging Endeavor
AMY S. GECKELER (The New England Center for Children), William H. Ahearn (The New England Center for Children)
Abstract: The New England Center for Children began addressing the challenge of delivering services in the public schools fourteen years ago, starting with one classroom for children with autism. Since then, NECC has set up 18 Partner Program Model Classrooms in 13 school districts and 2 states. One hundred and seventy three children with autism and related disabilities have been served in this model. Approximately 90 children are currently served and about 20 children graduate or leave the model classrooms yearly, due either to progress or aging out of the service. Of the 91 children who have left the Model Classrooms, 29 children have graduated to general education classrooms and 46 have successfully transitioned into special education classrooms. This talk will outline key components of establishing an ABA model in this setting, discuss how classrooms are structured and give examples of how individualized curriculum are developed, training programs are implemented, and supervision systems are established in a public school system. Challenges faced in this setting and options for addressing these challenges will be addressed. We will also discuss the need for bringing the often resource-intense ABA model to scale in order to meet the needs of as many children as possible.
Applied Behavior Analysis in a School Setting: Systematic Staff Training and Program Evaluation
BRIDGET A. TAYLOR (Alpine Learning Group), Kate Britton (Alpine Learning Group)
Abstract: For twenty years Alpine Learning Group has been designing and implementing systems of instruction for learners with autism. Alpine’s philosophy, based on the scientific principles of learning, sets the occasion for a number of essential program components, including the implementation of individualized instruction, on-going measurement of learner performance, systematic staff training, and program-wide evaluation measures. This presentation will provide an overview of Alpine Learning Group’s systems of accountability, staff training and program evaluation protocols. Case studies will be used to illustrate Alpine Learning Group’s core program components.
When worlds collide good things can happen: Applied behavior analysis in an inpatient hospital setting
LOUIS P. HAGOPIAN (Kennedy Krieger Institute), Lynn G. Bowman (Kennedy Krieger Institute), Marilyn D. Cataldo (Kennedy Krieger Institute), SungWoo Kahng (Kennedy Krieger Institute), Heather K. Jennett (Kennedy Krieger Institute), Patricia F. Kurtz (Kennedy Krieger Institute), Natalie Rolider (Kennedy Krieger Institute), Michael F. Cataldo (Kennedy Krieger Institute)
Abstract: The Neurobehavioral Unit at the Kennedy Krieger Institute is an inpatient behavioral unit specializing in the treatment of severe problem behavior displayed by children and adolescents with developmental and intellectual disabilities. The program has been in existence for 30 years, and has served individuals from over 25 states. This presentation will discuss how a behavior analytic framework has been foundational to the provision of behavioral assessment and treatment services, as well as: the evaluation and analysis of pharmacologic interventions; staff training, management, and retention; collaboration with other professionals in an interdisciplinary hospital setting; and obtaining funding for services by commercial insurance and state Medicaid programs.
AdvoServ: Behavioral Treatment Services for Severe Behavior Disorders
JUDITH E. FAVELL (AdvoServ), James F. McGimsey (AdvoServ), Terry J. Page (AdvoServ), Cheryl L. Ecott (AdvoServ), Kelly A. Dancho (AdvoServ)
Abstract: The treatment of severe behavior problems with individuals with developmental disabilities and mental health disorders remains a significant social and clinical challenge. This presentation describes the structure and processes of a multi-state residential program serving individuals exhibiting problems such as extreme aggression and self-injury. The program strives to employ and embody behavior analytic principles and practices in all aspects of its operation, from individual treatment programs, to staff management and motivation, to organizational development and quality assurance. Data and descriptions of the effects of this behavioral orientation to service delivery will be presented. The presentation will further address the current regulatory, political and social environment, as contexts which directly effect the efficacy of behavioral services in the United States.



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