Association for Behavior Analysis International

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38th Annual Convention; Seattle, WA; 2012

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Workshop #W56
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
CANCELED: Creating Sustainable Services for Children With Autism in Developing Countries
Saturday, May 26, 2012
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
4C-2 (Convention Center)
Area: AUT/TBA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Mareile A. Koenig, Ph.D.
TRACY VAIL (Let's Talk Speech and Language Services, Inc.), MAREILE A. KOENIG (West Chester University)
Description: This workshop will present a model training program to create sustainable behavioral services for children with autism in developing countries. Participants will receive guidelines and materials for raising capital to develop programs, determining countries/programs with the leadership needed to sustain services, determining training needs based on the current knowledge base of the leadership in the developing country, developing training materials based on needs assessments, finding and training volunteers to provide trainings, the process of transferring "ownership" to the leadership in the country, and developing political influence to increase the service options.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

Develop a fundraising plan for initiating programs

Measure the capacity of a leadership team in a developing country to provide sustainable services for children with autism

Conduct a needs assessment to determine training needed

Evaluate volunteers' applications to match specified needs

Develop a training program with materials and data collection systems to ensure sustainability of services to children with autism

Develop strategies and contacts for meeting with political leaders in developing countries

Activities: Participants will review the progress of an ongoing effort in Nepal to create sustainable services for children with autism. Video samples of training sessions, assessment results, training protocols, and assessments of leadership and volunteer applications will be shared.
Audience: This workshop is appropriate for speech pathologists, behavior analysts, parents, students, and anyone with a passion for increasing the availability of behavioral programs for children with autism in developing countries.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): autism, communication, international, verbal behavior



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