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.


34th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2008

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Paper Session #45
International Paper Session - Parent and Staff Training
Saturday, May 24, 2008
2:30 PM–3:20 PM
Continental A
Area: AUT
Chair: Stephen Gallagher (University of Ulster)
Training Parents in Applied Behavior Analysis through Multimedia Presentations.
Domain: Applied Research
STEPHEN GALLAGHER (University of Ulster)
Abstract: “Parents’ Education as Autism Therapists” (PEAT) is a registered charity in Northern Ireland whose aim is to help children and young people on the autistic spectrum realise their potential by providing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) training and support to their parents and caregivers. A key part of PEAT’s work is to ensure that parents who are using ABA with their children are fully trained in all aspects of the science of behavior. Therefore, as well as home visits and regular workshops for parents, PEAT has also created a multimedia training pack called “Simple Steps”. This pack uses video tutorials and a manual to train parents to use ABA in a wide variety of situations with their child. Because there is a shortage of professionals with appropriate training in ABA in the community in Northern Ireland there is an urgent need to develop training packages for parents and to provide them with quality supervision of their home programmes that meets international standards.
Behavior Management Winners: A Training Program for Clinical Staff.
Domain: Applied Research
JILL F. HARRIS (Children's Specialized Hospital), Ann Pate (Children's Specialized Hospital), Regina Freeman (Children's Specialized Hospital)
Abstract: Behavioral difficulties are common among children with autism and other children with special needs who are often seen within community practices. Behavioral difficulties may impair the ability of the child to benefit from treatment, may cause stress to patients, families and staff and may negatively affect patient safety. This paper describes an approach taken at a series of pediatric outpatient rehabilitation facilities in order to reduce behavioral problems among outpatients by reducing environmental triggers in the treatment facilities and providing behavioral training to clinical and support staff. Baseline information included behavioral incidents occurring within the outpatient centers, staff surveys about preventive and intervention strategies being used to deal with behavioral difficulties, and staff interviews and facility tours to detect potential environmental triggers. Intervention consisted of a series of workshops for staff focusing on applied behavior analysis training, and reducing potential physical triggers. Data of behavioral incidents subsequent to intervention will be collected and analyzed in order to determine effectiveness of intervention.



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