Association for Behavior Analysis International

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34th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2008

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Paper Session #272
Topics in Autism Service Delivery
Sunday, May 25, 2008
4:00 PM–5:20 PM
Area: AUT
Chair: Barbara Haas-Givler (Elwyn)
ABA Professionals' Knowledge and Utilization of Resources About Fragile X Syndrome.
Domain: Applied Research
BARBARA HAAS-GIVLER (Elwyn), Brenda Finucane (Elwyn), Elliott Simon (Elwyn)
Abstract: Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is the most common known hereditary cause of developmental disabilities in all populations. A majority of children with this condition meet criteria for an autism spectrum disorder. FXS is associated with a specific cognitive and behavioral profile which has direct clinical relevance for treatment. We assessed awareness and utilization of fragile X-specific resources among ABA professionals, as well as their overall attitudes and knowledge about genetic causes of developmental disabilities. We surveyed over 300 ABA therapists and related professionals working with children who have autism spectrum disorders. Participants were ascertained through voluntary recruitment at conferences sponsored by ABA International and NATTAP (Network of Autism Training and Technical Assistance Programs) in 2007. Our results support the hypothesis that ABA professionals lack specific knowledge about FXS and have a limited understanding of the practical implications of this diagnosis for ABA treatment approaches. These professionals rarely access widely-available FXS resources which could directly effect intervention. Survey participants also had a relatively poor understanding of the contribution of genetic factors in developmental disabilities, and they generally lacked formal training in this area. Results will be discussed in terms of relevance to ABA therapeutic practices and future training.
Prevention of Autism: A Case Presentation.
Domain: Applied Research
KRISTIN MILLER (F.A.C.E.S.), Monica Miyahara (F.A.C.E.S.)
Abstract: Three recent studies (Drash & Tutor 2006, 2004, 2004a) reported on an ABA intervention as a prevention for autism for at-risk children. Specifically, a six-step sequence based on Sundberg's verbal behavior was used to target language acquisition and to teach typical social behavior. This paper will describe an attempt to replicate the results of Drash and Tutor, and the additions that were made to further increase expressive language, decrease stereotypical behavior and remediate social deficits in an 18-month-old child who was diagnosed at-risk for autism at age 6-months. The child's outcome data will be presented and program discussed.
Diagnosis and Treatment for Unusual Autism Spectrum Disorder Cases in a Private Practice.
Domain: Applied Research
PATRICIA M. MEINHOLD (Private Practice)
Abstract: People with Autism Spectrum Disorders present a range of symptoms and needs which sometimes may include medical, movement or psychiatric problems. Behavior analysts may be challenged by the inter-disciplinary nature of such atypical cases. This presentation will review the diagnostic and treatment implications of unexpected co-morbidities in three youngsters seen in a clinical-behavior analytic private practice. Details about the unique features and progress of each will be discussed. Suggestions are made for how behavioral clinicians might improve our attention to differences among people with Autistic symptoms to improve client-treatment matching and outcomes.



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