Association for Behavior Analysis International

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46th Annual Convention; Washington DC; 2020

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Panel #28
CE Offered: BACB
Parent Barrier Behaviors and Recommended Treatment Indications
Saturday, May 23, 2020
10:00 AM–10:50 AM
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Level 2, Room 202B
Area: AUT/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Cailin M Ockert, M.S.
Chair: Cailin M Ockert (The BISTÅ Center)
DIANA DAVIS WILSON (Aspen Behavioral Consulting)
MICHELLE REED (Arizona Association of Behavior Analysis)

In this panel discussion we will identify parent barrier behaviors and treatment indications resulting from parent barrier behaviors. We have developed a basic checklist of parent barrier behaviors observed in an ABA clinic in Arizona and corresponding data will be described. These identified parent barrier behaviors have been hypothesized to impact treatment duration and ultimately impact the child’s long-term access to effective ABA intervention. Many of the families with high barrier behaviors often begin ABA services with various providers in a geographic area with limited duration of services at each location. These barrier behaviors are often seen in various settings with the caregiver, therapy, school, and other medical providers. This checklist was designed to identify what barrier behaviors may be exhibited by parents or caregivers, establish a threshold score to indicate a specific treatment focus, and a suggestion for high intensity parent training at the onset of ABA therapy and other treatment indications should be discussed. The goal is to focus on parent barrier behaviors and address them behavior analytically in order to increase duration of effective ABA services for the child.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

BCBAs in practice, BCBA administrators that may have policy control, practitioners that have direct contact with parents on a regular basis.

Learning Objectives: -How to identify parent barrier behaviors? -What treatment indications can be made after identification? -What other items do we need to consider?
Keyword(s): Parent Training, Service Barriers, Service Duration



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