Association for Behavior Analysis International

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10th International Conference; Stockholm, Sweden; 2019

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Paper Session #107
Models of ABA in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Czech Republic
Monday, September 30, 2019
4:30 PM–5:20 PM
Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre, Level 2, Meeting Room 24/25
Chair: Katerina Cizkova (PENDING)

CANCELED: Comparison of Different Models and Intensities of Early Intervention Services for Mid-Income Countries

Area: EDC
Domain: Service Delivery
NIRVANA PISTOLJEVIC (EDUS; CABAS and Teachers College, Columbia University), Eldin Dzanko (EDUS- Education for All)

Bosnia and Herzegovina (B&H), a country in Europe is still struggling with health and education systems reform problems because of its complicated administrative and political organization. Unfortunately, due to such state, children with developmental delays and disorders and their families wonder sometimes for years through the system that lacks united and scientifically proven early intervention services. EDUS-Education for All in cooperation first with UNICEF, then with USAID and relevant ministries was able to create an systematic approach to advancing Early Childhood Development for B&H. We have developed a set of behavioral detection, assessment and intervention tools and tested their effectiveness across the country and different levels of services. These tools were used in an intervention study on a sample of 100 children with developmental delays and disorders and their parents across different locations in B&H. We compared three different intensity models of early intervention, two behavior-based and one eclectic that varied also in the intensity. Dependent variables (DV) were completion sets of behavioral and psychological tests before and after the 6 months of treatment. We measured the numbers of skills children acquired across five main developmental areas with the Developmental Behavioral Scales (Pistoljevic, Zubcevic, Dzanko, 2016), Guides for Assessment and Creation of Individual Development Programs for Children from Birth to Six Years Old (Pistoljevic & Majusevic, 2015), and the Parent Questionnaire. Results show statistically significant improvement in skill acquisition across all three DVs and bring hope in creating an united and effective ECD system in B&H. Differences across three programs are discussed and its implications for policy makers and system reform in the country.

Specifics of a Behavior-Analytical Work in Czech Republic: Advantages and Disadvantages of Consultation Model
Area: TBA
Domain: Service Delivery
KATERINA CIZKOVA (ABA centrum), Katrin Telin (ABA centrum)
Abstract: Applied behavior analysis (ABA) in the Czech republic (CZ) is an emerging field and as such has to operate in very specific conditions compared to the western model. With only two board certified analytics, two official ABA centers and handful of clinicians heading towards the certification in the whole country, our work has evolved into a consultation model with emphasis put on the parents in the role of therapists. The limitations are not only with respect to the number of clinicians and related time constraints but also to the financial restrictions since the work is funded by the parents themselves. Our center specializes in work with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and we focus on assessment, creation and implemention of the program and in the same time we are training parents and other caretakers while monitoring procedural integrity. We also strive to train new practitioners as well as experts from other fields in pursuit of ABA dissemination and improvement of services for the families. We are aware not only of possible limitations of this model but also of huge benefits that have emerged with its development and are worth supporting and spreading.



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