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.


42nd Annual Convention; Downtown Chicago, IL; 2016

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Paper Session #403
Developing and Evaluating Curricula and Programs for Individuals With Autism
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
8:00 AM–8:50 AM
Columbus Hall AB, Hyatt Regency, Gold East
Area: PRA
Chair: Kristi L. Miller (STE Consultants)
Building an In-House Curriculum of Skills Acquisition Programs: Steps Taken, Lessons Learned, and Final Results
Domain: Service Delivery
PAUL W. HEERING (May Institute), Ashley Kate Abbott (May Institute), Kimberly Irwin (May Institute), Robert F. Putnam (May Institute), Antonia Fiddner (May Institute)
Abstract: All agencies strive to provide the best services possible and do this in the most efficient way possible. In order to increase the quality of services and the efficiency of service delivery many organizations providing behavior analysis services have taken steps towards using a library or curriculum of skills acquisition programs. The decision that many agencies are faced with is between purchasing a pre produced curriculum of programs or developing their own curriculum of programs. Each option contains it’s own advantages and disadvantages. This presentation will discuss these advantages and disadvantages and will also present data collected by a large organization as they went through the process of creating their own in-house curriculum. The steps taken in the process, lessons learned along the way, and final product will be discussed. Finally, advantages and disadvantages to being a large organization in this process as well as implications for others will also be discussed.

The Use of Evaluation in Treatment Programs for Children With Autism or Adults With Developmental Disabilities

Domain: Service Delivery

Program evaluation is the use of planned activities to monitor process, outcomes, and impact of a health program or intervention. The application of program evaluation to behavioral analytic treatment programs for children with autism or similar programs for individuals with disabilities is a useful and necessary activity to inform practitioners and funders of the efficacy of these programs and to promote adherence to best-practice treatments. A survey of providers and search of the literature revealed that the practice of program evaluation is underutilized among providers of behavioral services. Current organizational practices involve primarily reporting on program participants goals. The purpose of this presentation is to inform the audience of more robust evaluation procedures including clearly defining the population served, describing the program and intervention, selecting evaluation goals and objectives (including process goals, outcome goals, and impact goals) and reporting. Identifying and overcoming barriers to performing a program evaluation and ethical considerations will also be discussed.




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