Association for Behavior Analysis International

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42nd Annual Convention; Downtown Chicago, IL; 2016

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Panel #435
CE Offered: BACB
A Follow-up: Are We Meeting Our Obligation to Learners With Autism Spectrum Disorder Transitioning to Adult Services?
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
10:00 AM–10:50 AM
Randolph, Hyatt Regency, Bronze East
Area: AUT/DDA; Domain: Translational
CE Instructor: Jill E. McGrale Maher, M.A.
Chair: Jill E. McGrale Maher (Autism Intervention Specialists)
JILL E. MCGRALE MAHER (Autism Intervention Specialists)

The current service model for learners with ASD is falling short of the goal to provide skills required to transition seamlessly into adult life. It is critical that practitioners rethink the current model of 1:1 or 1:2 staff to student ratios prior to students "aging out." Additionally and more critically, as the incidence of ASD has recently increased by 30%, with further predictions that in 5 years 122,493 students will turn 22 nationwide at an annual cost of $3,623 million dollars. Clearly the current model falls short of the goal to provide learners with skills required to transition more effortlessly into adult life. We need to consider preparation for next environments as a primary obligation of service provision. Working in groups, working independently, identification of relevant outcome measures, targeting functionally relevant skills and working with minimal and reduced supervision must be explicit goals for learners with ASD. Furthermore, we must develop creative and cost-effective methods to more efficiently prepare, teach, support and monitor adults with ASD in community and employment settings. Moreover, identification of relevant outcome measures and targeting functionally relevant skills must take precedence. The panel will discuss the topic and possible solutions within behavioral frameworks.

Keyword(s): Transition



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