Association for Behavior Analysis International

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40th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2014

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Panel #36
CE Offered: BACB
What Comprehensive Evaluation Can Contribute to Complex Behavioral Programs for the Treatment of Autism
Saturday, May 24, 2014
2:00 PM–2:50 PM
W184d (McCormick Place Convention Center)
Area: AUT/EDC; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Daniel E. Hursh, Ph.D.
Chair: Dana Cihelkova (West Virginia University)
DANIEL E. HURSH (West Virginia University)
SUSANNAH POE (West Virginia University)
VICCI TUCCI (Tucci Learning Solutions, Inc.)
Abstract: Complex behavioral programs for the treatment of autism have not been comprehensively evaluated for many reasons. One of the reasons is methodological difficulty, another methodological inflexibility, and yet another is methodological insufficiency. These reasons and others are barriers to notably and meaningfully advancing the field of ABA and the overall understanding of Autism. The panel members will briefly present a model for comprehensive evaluation and how it can contribute to two complex behavioral programs that have produced positive results for persons with autism. The audience will then be invited to contribute their suggestions and comments. The comprehensive evaluation model includes three dimensions: the specific symptoms manifested by persons with autism, the treatment components of the complex behavioral programs, and the outcomes produced by the programs. The person who developed the comprehensive evaluation model will discuss the model. The complex behavioral programs are Discrete Trials Training, represented by a professional with more than 20 years of Discrete Trials Training program implementation and management, AND the Competent Learner Model, represented by the developer of the Competent Learner Model with more than 30 years of development, implementation, and management of the model.
Keyword(s): Autism Treatments, Program Evaluation



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