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; Online; 2020

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Panel #263
CE Offered: BACB
Increasing Access to ABA Services Using Telehealth Technology: Research, Challenges, and Successes
Sunday, May 24, 2020
5:00 PM–5:50 PM
Area: CSS; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Linda S. Heitzman-Powell, Ph.D.
Chair: Linda S. Heitzman-Powell (The University of Kansas Medical Center)
KATRINA OSTMEYER-KOUNTZMAN (Behavioral Technologies Consulting Organization; Beyond the Individual, Inc.)
CARLA T. SCHMIDT (University of Florida)

While families are seeing increased coverage of applied behavior analysis (ABA), an evidence-based treatment for young children with autism with emerging evidence for older youth and adults on the spectrum, they are often unable to access these services due to a paucity of providers that meet state mandated certification and licensing requirements (“Autism and Insurance Coverage,” 2018). This is especially true for families in rural and remote areas where inadequate access to behavioral healthcare is well-documented (Murphy & Ruble, 2012 ; Whittle, Fisher, Reppermund, Lenroot, &; Trollor, 2017). Telehealth has been successfully utilized to treat a variety of populations in the realms of mental health and ABA specifically (Fisher et al., 2014; Heitzman-Powell et al., 2014; Vismara, Young, Stahmer, Griffith, & Rogers, 2009). This panel discussion will outline solutions to help meet the needs of individuals in need of ABA services in rural and remote areas through telehealth technology including solutions for parent-training, supervision of comprehensive and targeted ABA programs, and training for individuals seeking behavior analytic certification. The discussion will focus on application, challenges, and solutions.

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Learning Objectives: 1). Participants will be able to identify at least 3 barriers to accessing ABA services in rural and remote areas. 2). Participants will be able to identify at least 3 challenges and solutions to using telehealth effectively to increase accessibility of ABA services. 3). Participants will be able to describe how parent-training, supervision of comprehensive and targeted behavioral treatment teams, and supervision can be effectively delivered using a distance-based model.



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