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.


46th Annual Convention; Washington DC; 2020

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Panel #454
CE Offered: BACB
Practical Considerations and Applications of Behavior Analysis to Working With Children in Healthcare Settings
Monday, May 25, 2020
9:00 AM–9:50 AM
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Level 1, Salon B
Area: CBM/CSS; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Alexis Constantin Pavlov, Ph.D.
Chair: Alexis Constantin Pavlov (Marcus Autism Center; Emory School of Medicine)
SETH B. CLARK (Marcus Autism Center)
COLIN S. MUETHING (Marcus Autism Center; Emory School of Medicine)
PATRICK ROMANI (University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus)

Healthcare settings, emergency departments (ED), and inpatient units can often be associated with stressors and triggers that may ultimately lead to increased levels of challenging behavior and noncompliance with medical procedures. Problem behaviors directly produce many negative effects on the individual who exhibits them including physical harm, exclusion and stigmatization, as well as reduced access to routine/preventative care (Davis & Gavidia-Payne, 2009; Hall, Bouldin, Andresen, & Ali, 2012). Problem behaviors can also be a source of frustration for providers who deliver medical care due to lack of knowledge and training on how best to serve children with behavioral health needs. Although behavior analysts are often familiar with training other disciplines on the use of behavior intervention strategies to decrease challenging behavior, healthcare systems present unique experiences and challenges when trying to disseminate effective behavior analytic strategies. The invited panelists will present three perspectives on working with children in healthcare settings. Topics will include providing clinical care through a behavioral consultation model, transdisciplinary training approaches and policy development for crisis prevention, applying antecedent- and reinforcement-based programs appropriately to improve treatment outcomes, and challenges with establishing applied behavior analysis (ABA) within medical settings.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Behavior analysts, healthcare providers,

Learning Objectives: 1. Learners will discuss the potential barriers of providing behavior analytic services within healthcare settings. 2. Learners will be able to describe a trasdiscplinary approach to training for crisis management. 3. Attendees will be able to evaluate the use of antecedent- and reinforcement-based interventions for children in medical care settings.
Keyword(s): Behavioral Consultation, Crisis Intervention, Healthcare, Training



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