Association for Behavior Analysis International

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46th Annual Convention; Washington DC; 2020

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Workshop #W3
CE Offered: PSY
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for Children on the Autism Spectrum
Thursday, May 21, 2020
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
To Be Determined
Area: AUT/DDA; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Cheryl B. McNeil, Ph.D.
CHERYL B. MCNEIL (West Virginia University), CHRISTOPHER OWEN (West Virginia University), COREY LIENEMAN (West Virginia University), ROBIN HAN (West Virginia University)
Description: Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is an evidence-based intervention shown to decrease severe disruptive behaviors in children ages two to seven years. The course of treatment is divided into two phases: child-directed interaction (CDI) and parent-directed interaction (PDI). CDI strengthens the caregiver-child bond, whereas PDI teaches the caregiver to discipline effectively. In CDI, the caregiver practices PRIDE skills (i.e., praise, reflect, imitate, describe, and enjoy) shown to improve the caregiver-child relationship and increase child compliance even at long-term follow-up (Eyberg et al., 2001). Mastery of the PRIDE skills is beneficial for parents and caregivers as well as any individual who has contact with children. The presentation will connect the current ABA treatments PCIT. Clinical presentations of young children with ASD who present with comorbid behavioral difficulties will also be discussed. Specialized issues with this population, including social/communication difficulties and restricted interests, will be addressed. Skills will be described and practiced with regard to individualizing CDI and PDI to fit the unique concerns of children with ASD. Additionally, the workshop will propose a novel third component of PCIT, entitled “Social Directed Interaction” (SDI), in which the caregiver coaches the child to engage in pro-social behaviors while interacting with other children and adults.
Learning Objectives: 1) Model child-directed interaction skills 2) Explain the theoretical rationale and empirical evidence for providing PCIT to children on the autism spectrum (PCIT-ASD) 3) Discuss specialized issues and comorbid difficulties using PCIT-ASD 4) Critique new techniques related to social skills training.
Activities: Attendees will obtain learning objectives through lecture, demonstration, video modeling, interactive role-play, and small group breakouts. Core content will be taught through lecture, demonstrations, and video modeling. Interactive role-play and small group breakouts will be used to supplement and support participant learning.
Audience: This workshop is targeted for junior BCBAs, BCBAs, and BCBA-Ds.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Disruptive Behavior, Evidence-based Treatment, Parent-Child Interaction



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