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 #188
CE Offered: BACB
Developing Interventions: The Role of Sustainability and Social Validity in Intervention Effectiveness
Sunday, May 24, 2020
8:00 AM–8:50 AM
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Level 2, Room 207B
Area: AUT/CSS; Domain: Translational
CE Instructor: Katherine Bateman, Ph.D.
Chair: Katherine Bateman (University of Washington)
CAROLYN TRUMP (University of Northern Colorado)
MARCUS FULLER (Texas A&M University)
SANDY SMITH (Texas A&M University)

Implementation of evidence-based practices can be conceptualized as not only a set of practices, but also as a decision-making process. This process identifies multiple variables that affect sustainability of interventions. Further, when creating behavior intervention plans for all students, including those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), it is important that teachers, practitioners, and other interventionists evaluate and consider contextual variables that affect sustainability and overall acceptability of interventions as a whole. Sustainability and acceptability of intervention are two of the most important factors when evaluating the effectiveness of interventions, however, emphasis is not always placed on these two factors in practice. This panel presentation examines these variables and provides recommendations to increase overall effectiveness of interventions as a whole. This presentation is meaningful for all practitioners in roles that require development, implementation, and analysis of behavior interventions in school settings, as positive outcomes rely heavily on these critical factors.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

This presentation is targeted towards practicing BCBAs working to develop interventions with strong contextual fit to ensure prolonged sustainability of intervention.

Learning Objectives: 1. Determine variables that affect contextual fit of interventions in various contexts, including classrooms, homes, and community settings. 2. Develop a thorough understanding of issues of sustainability and social validity and the role they play in acceptability of interventions as a whole. 3. Analyze interventions for strong contextual fit. 4. Identify strategies for Behavior Analysts to build strong partnerships in settings in which they are providing consultation, as well as suggestions to identify and analyze the acceptability and social validity of interventions.
Keyword(s): autism, contextual fit, intervention, sustainability



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