Association for Behavior Analysis International

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46th Annual Convention; Online; 2020

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Workshop #W11
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Toilet Training for Individuals With Autism and Developmental Disabilities: Assessment to Treatment - Day to Night
Thursday, May 21, 2020
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Area: AUT/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Frank R. Cicero, Ph.D.
FRANK R. CICERO (Seton Hall University)
Description: Research indicates that behavioral toileting methods continue to be effective for individuals with and without disabilities. The current workshop will present the audience with empirically supported procedures for toilet training individuals on the autism spectrum using a variety of methods consistent with the principles of ABA. First, a brief review of the literature on toilet training will provide the audience with background information showing empirical support for behavioral principles and procedures. Seminal articles in the field of ABA will be discussed. Next, the presenter will discuss the importance of conducting an objective assessment of problem skill areas so that treatment procedures can be properly individualized and designed. Assessment procedures and functional hypotheses will be discussed targeting both urination and bowel movement accidents. Data will include narrative ABC data, frequency counts and scatter plots. The details of a reinforcement-based urination training procedure will be presented. The audience will be presented with a task analysis for how to run the procedure and analyze treatment results. The presenter will then outline the details of assessment, treatment, data analysis and evaluation for bowel training. An emphasis will be placed on functional assessment for bowel accidents so that treatment can be tailored to function.
Learning Objectives: 1. Through this workshop, audience members will be able to conduct a behavioral assessment of toilet training issues and needs. 2. The audience members will be able to design and implement an effective urination training intervention. 3. The audience members will be able to design and implement an effective bowel training intervention. 4. The audience members will learn how to collect data for a toileting intervention in order to make useful data-based treatment decisions
Activities: Workshop activities will include didactic instruction by the presenter guided by a power point (which will be distributed as a hand out), discussion of distributed materials including assessment protocols, data sheets, task analyses and sample treatment plans, role plays of treatment strategies, group discussion and the answering of audience questions. Discussion of case examples and case data will also be provided.
Audience: The workshop content will be at the intermediate level. Basic principles and procedures of applied behavior analysis will be described related to how they can be used in toilet training interventions, however the workshop is not designed to teach these basic principles and procedures for people who are unfamiliar with ABA.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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