Association for Behavior Analysis International

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16th Annual Autism Conference; Seattle, WA; 2022

All times listed are Pacific Standard Time (UTC -8 at the time of the convention in March).

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The terminology utilized in the presentation titles and abstracts for this conference was selected to adhere to the seventh edition of the American Psychological Association Publication Manual and to be inclusive of those who prefer person-first as well as identity-first language.

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Invited Paper Session #21A
CE Offered: BACB — 
Supporting Natural Change Agents in Implementing Behavior Analytic Interventions for Children With Autism
Monday, March 7, 2022
12:30 PM–1:20 PM
Fourth Floor; Grand Ballroom 1/2
Area: AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Joseph H. Cihon (Autism Partnership Foundation)
CE Instructor: Mandy J. Rispoli, Ph.D.
Presenting Author: MANDY J. RISPOLI (Purdue University)
Abstract: Autistic children/children with autism are supported by a variety of natural change agents including teachers, service providers and caregivers. Yet natural change agents often do not have access to high quality professional development and training on behavior analytic evidence-based practices. Further, family training and support are often minimal in school and clinical service models. Without high quality provider and caregiver training and support, children’s access to effective intervention is limited. The purpose of this session is to share a model grounded in behavioral skills training and practice-based coaching for supporting teachers, providers, and caregivers to implement behavioral interventions with autistic children/children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. This presentation will provide an overview of the model, review tools and practices to support attendee use of the model, and highlight data from several recent single case design studies evaluating this model.
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

All attendees

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) identify key features in behavioral skills training and in practice-based coaching to promote provider knowledge and skills needed to implement function-based intervention for challenging behaviors; (2) visually analyze data from single case design studies designed to increase provider and caregiver fidelity of functional behavior assessment and function-based intervention; (3) identify key practices to teach and support other adults to implement behavior analytic interventions with high fidelity.
MANDY J. RISPOLI (Purdue University)
Dr. Mandy Rispoli is a Professor of Special Education at Purdue University and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst- Doctoral level. She is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions. Operating from a behavior analytic framework, Dr. Rispoli’s scholarship is built upon sustained university-community partnerships to improve teacher and caregiver meaningful involvement in functional behavior assessment and intervention and to promote positive outcomes for young children with autism/autistic children and children with developmental disabilities. Dr. Rispoli’s research explores: (a) improving the efficiency, effectiveness, and feasibility of functional behavior assessments and function-based interventions in educational settings, and (b) innovations in professional development for teachers and caregivers. Dr. Rispoli has published over 120 peer-reviewed research articles and book chapters concerning behavioral interventions for children with autism and developmental disabilities.



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