Association for Behavior Analysis International

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38th Annual Convention; Seattle, WA; 2012

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Workshop #W33
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Intensive Early Intervention: Staff Training and Management Through a Dynamic Programming System
Friday, May 25, 2012
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
4C-4 (Convention Center)
Area: AUT/OBM; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Eric V. Larsson, Ph.D.
ERIC V. LARSSON (Lovaas Institute Midwest), ANGELA M. KEENE (University of Kansas), KARA L. RIEDESEL (Lovaas Institute Midwest), CHARRYSE M. LUCKEY (University of Kansas)
Description: In order to deliver effective early intervention services to children with autism, staff must possess a complete set of behavior analysis skills. The demands for sophisticated staff skills are extreme, requiring extensive individualization of each child's program. The purpose of this workshop is to identify a comprehensive set of programming and implementation skills and present a training and management program that has been developed and validated to both establish these skills and maintain the staff's behavior so that the skills are used consistently throughout the child's life. A particular challenge is to train staff to use independent clinical judgment and make the dynamic programming decisions on a daily basis that support optimal rates of child behavior development. In addition, the team leaders must possess the skills to organize and progress programming as the child's behavior rapidly develops. The skills necessary in the third year of programming are much more complex and varied than are those in the first year of programming. Dynamic self-feedback systems give staff daily, weekly, and 6-month feedback on the success of their treatment decisions, enabling the most cost-effective therapy for achieving the best outcomes. This workshop will make use of videos of actual staff training activities. The workshop will also present a data-collection system for staff management at the child and programmatic levels.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

Identify a comprehensive array of programming and implementation competencies

Identify effective methods for teaching these competencies

Identify a system of management to manage consistent staff behavior

Identify an evaluation system for staff training

Identify a system of dynamically self-adjusting staff training

Activities: Participants will participate in didactic presentations, discussions, and problem-solving sessions. Video models of staff training activities will be used. Participants will obtain specific program materials provided by the instructor.
Audience: This workshop is appropriate for supervisors in intensive early intervention programs, supervisor trainees, and graduate students.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Advanced
Keyword(s): dynamic programming



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