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42nd Annual Convention; Downtown Chicago, IL; 2016

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Symposium #169
CANCELED: Dissemination of Behavior Analysis to the Pediatric Community
Monday, May 30, 2016
8:00 AM–8:50 AM
Vevey 1 & 2, Swissotel
Area: CSE/TPC; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Melissa Engasser (The Bedrock Clinic & Research Center, Inc.)
Abstract: Pediatricians are often the first point of contact when parents are concerned about their child's development, and as such, they are a critically important population to disseminate the science of applied behavior analysis to. Although screening and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are important, the role of the pediatrician often does not end with diagnosis, as parents often look to them for referrals to specialists. The proposed discussion will target the intersection of pediatrics and behavior analysis. Specifically, the importance and ethical obligation of behavior analysts to disseminate behavior analysis, presentation of the results of a survey administered to pediatricians which assessed the types of services they typically refer parents to for ASD and other, specific behavioral concerns, and a brief review of the existing literature on the field of pediatrics as it relates to behavior analysis, as well as ideas for future research and dissemination efforts. Reviewing the results of this survey, as well as published surveys and guidelines may assist behavior analysts in obtaining a clearer understanding of specific areas in which dissemination of our science may benefit pediatricians, and subsequently clients in need of behavior analytic services.
Keyword(s): dissemination, ethics
Pediatricians: Analysis of the Identification for the Use of Behavior Analytic Services
MELISSA ENGASSER (The Bedrock Clinic & Research Center, Inc.)
Abstract: Disseminating information about the practice of behavior analysis is an obligation that behavior analysts have to the science of behavior and the profession of behavior analysis. The Behavior Analyst Certification Boards Professional and Ethical Compliance Code, emphasizes the importance of dissemination, states that behavior analysts promote behavior analysis by making information about it available to the public. Pediatricians, a specific segment of the public, often the first point of contact when parents are concerned about their childs development, are a critically important population to disseminate to. The proposed discussion will present the results of a survey administered to pediatricians that will assess their understanding of behavior analysis, as well as rating their likelihood of recommending it to patients presenting with developmental or behavioral concerns. In addition, a brief review of existing literature on the field of pediatrics as it relates to behavior analysis, as well as a discussion of future research and dissemination efforts will also be presented.
To the Masses: Dissemination of Our Science to the World
MELISSA ENGASSER (The Bedrock Clinic & Research Center, Inc.), Elizabeth G. Callahan (Caldwell University)
Abstract: The concept of disseminating applied behavior analysis is one that is discussed as necessary for the field to grow; yet there is a lack of clear guidelines as to how behavior analysts should do so. This is a cause for concern, as the field cannot continue to sustain its vitality or evolve as a profession, without greater understanding from the community (i.e., families, physicians, business owners, etc.). Cultivating an understanding about what applied behavior analysis is and in what capacities it can ameliorate social problems and help to create a better world, is critical to expanding our horizons and broadening our scope of practice. It is essential that behavior analysts determine effective dissemination strategies, this presentation will examine from a conceptual standpoint what dissemination is, identify obstacles to dissemination, and provide recommendations about how to effectively disseminate our field. Specifically, a review of how other social sciences have successfully disseminated their practices will be discussed to determine which practices may be appropriate to apply towards our own dissemination efforts.
A Review of the Current Literature on Pediatricians and Autism
ELIZABETH G. CALLAHAN (Association for Autism Science Treatments), David A. Celiberti (Association for Science in Autism Treatment)
Abstract: When a child presents with a developmental concern, pediatricians are often the first touchstone for parents, and although screening and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are important, the role of the pediatrician often does not end with diagnosis. In addition, pediatricians are often asked to make referrals to specialists and assist in coordinating those services. However, national surveys conducted in 2007 and 2--‐2009, indicate that pediatricians report low self--‐perceived competency for providing such care and would like additional education on the subject. Another area of concern, pediatricians report is how to respond when parents inquire about complementary and alternative medicine and treatments. Fortunately, literature reviews and guidelines have been published that summarize the treatment recommendations of five reviews published in the medical literature. Reviewing the results of these studies and published guidelines may assist us as behavior analysts in obtaining a clearer understanding of specific areas in which dissemination of our science may benefit pediatricians.
 

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