Association for Behavior Analysis International

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46th Annual Convention; Washington DC; 2020

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Workshop #W15
CE Offered: PSY/BACB — 
Comprehensive Program Evaluation of Individualized Intensive Behavioral Intervention for Autism in the Lovaas Model
Thursday, May 21, 2020
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
To Be Determined
Area: AUT/OBM; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Eric V. Larsson, Ph.D.
ERIC V. LARSSON (Lovaas Institute Midwest; University of Minnesota)
Description: This workshop will present the four main purposes, methods, and outcomes of comprehensive program evaluation of a widely recognized EIBI program: the Lovaas model: 1) to ensure that each family is receiving the most appropriate level of individualized intervention; 2) to evaluate the organization’s programming in a manner that contributes to continuous quality improvement; 3) to convey the value of the treatment program to policy makers; and 4) to meet the obligation of the behavior analyst to the field by producing useful research. The evaluation is geared to efficiently identify and develop the most significant objectives for each different child in as short a time frame as possible. The most efficient objectives will entail genuine sustainable generalization in all natural environments. The performance of all team members, parents, and supervisors are managed on a daily, weekly, six-month, and overall basis. Key measures will be presented, including the dynamic program management system. The prescriptive assessment system is multi-modal. It includes criterion-referenced measures, norm-referenced measures, standardized measures, treatment integrity, resource utilization, reliability, social validity, and individualized behavior analyses. A substantial body of research on 246 children served over 15 years will be presented.
Learning Objectives: The participant will be able to describe: 1) the important context variables for giving parents the opportunity to give genuine informed consent to treatment. 2) a variety of assessments of child response to treatment. 3) a system for generating an individualized prescriptive prognosis for EIBI every six months. 4) measures that convey the value of the treatment program to policy makers. 5) the results of a comprehensive research program.
Activities: The format includes, lecture, video-taped models, models of evaluation materials, and question-and-answer discussions of challenges being faced by participants in their own program evaluation activities.
Audience: Advanced clinicians, administrators, and advocates.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Advanced
Keyword(s): EIBI, Informed Consent, Outcomes, Program Evaluation



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