Association for Behavior Analysis International

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40th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2014

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Workshop #W51
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
No More Diapers: Using a Behavioral Approach for Toilet Training Success!
Saturday, May 24, 2014
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
W185bc (McCormick Place Convention Center)
Area: AUT/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Mary Lynch Barbera, Ph.D.
MARY LYNCH BARBERA (Barbera Behavior Consulting)
Description: Independent toileting is one of the most important life skills for children with autism and other disabilities. Whether a child is toilet trained impacts many areas of life including school placement options, access to childcare, and the ability to participate in some leisure activities. In this workshop, Dr. Barbera will review past and current literature in this area and will present the results of a 2013 toilet training survey she conducted of parents and caregivers. Participants will learn about using a behavioral approach to toilet training and the role of parents, therapists, and educators in the toilet training process. Strategies for assessing toileting needs, developing toilet training plans, implementation of research-based strategies, and the need for making data-based toileting decisions will be presented. Participants will leave the workshop with a Toilet Training Toolkit, which will include an assessment tool, sample data sheets, and strategies to start or re-start toilet training immediately with a variety of children.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, the participant will be able to (1) discuss the pertinent toilet training literature; (2) state the purpose and role of a toilet training manager; (3) state the three steps usually needed for toilet training and discuss the reasons why dry pants checks and positive practice have often not been utilized in recent years; and (4) complete forms including the assessment form, plan, and data sheets.
Activities: Lecture, video review, role-playing, and small group activities.
Audience: The primary audience for this workshop is BCBAs, licensed psychologists, and educators. Direct therapists, students, parents, and anyone involved or interested in toilet training are also welcome.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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