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.


43rd Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2017

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Paper Session #261
Outcome Measures of Applied Behavior Analysis Programming
Sunday, May 28, 2017
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
Convention Center Four Seasons Ballroom 2/3
Area: AUT
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Chair: Dana J. Stevens (Northwest Autism Center)
Evaluating the State Mandated 48 Day Intensive Applied Behavior Analysis Day Clinic
Domain: Applied Research
DANA J. STEVENS (Northwest Autism Center), Ryan Sain (Northwest Autism Center), Dawn M. Sidell (Northwest Autism Center), Mollie D. Roy (Northwest Autism Center), Gillian Brundage (Northwest Autism Center), Lauren M. Worcester (Northwest Autism Center), Jessica Leigh Wagner (Northwest Autism Center)
Abstract: The Washington State Healthcare Authority established standards of care for state approved early intensive ABA day treatment clinics for those with autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities. Due to insurance reform and alignment with Washington State’s mental health parity act, the Healthcare Authority, in cooperation with regional experts, developed treatment guidelines for Washington’s Managed Care Organizations (i.e., Medicaid providers). Northwest Autism Center was the second organization in Washington to implement the state prescribed 48 day treatment benefit. During the more than two years since inception of the early intensive ABA day treatment clinics we have served more than 60 clients. This action research completes an analysis of the treatment package. Clients were assessed using the ABLLS-R at pre, post, and when available, follow up. All individualized treatments were based on initial assessments and uses ABA practices overseen by a BCBA. Overall, significant gains on the ABLLS-R were demonstrated by our clients for pre-post comparisons. Further, differential analyses supported the notion that this intensive treatment clinic is useful across age spans, genders, those receiving outside services, and comorbidity. Lessons from more than two years of implementation and next steps are also discussed.

10-year Follow-Up of Adolescents With Autism Who Received Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention

Domain: Applied Research
ADRIENNE M. PERRY (York University), Julie Koudys (Brock University)

Although there is a solid body of research supporting the efficacy of Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention (EIBI) for young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Eldevik et al., 2010), very little research has explored whether treatment gains are maintained over time. Considering the time and money being devoted to this intervention, research into long-term outcomes is critical, especially in community-based programs. In this talk, we will report on 10-year follow-up data for 21 youth (current age 14-20) who received EIBI as young children. Data include IQ, adaptive skills, and autism symptom severity at four time points: prior to IBI, upon completion of IBI, about 3 years after the completion of IBI, and about 7 years later. Individual data with indicators of clinically significant change will be presented. Standard scores were generally stable from the end of EIBI, e.g., for IQ there was 93% stability from T2 to T3 and 90% from T3 to T4. Data will also be summarized from social-emotional questionnaires at T4 from three perspectives: parent, teacher, and self-report. Generally, these scores were similar to typical norms. Results support the long-term effectiveness of EIBI.




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