Association for Behavior Analysis International

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Ninth International Conference; Paris, France; 2017

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Workshop #W4
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Designing Individualized Treatment Programs for Adolescents and Adults Across the Autism Spectrum
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
7:00 AM–9:00 AM
Forum Auditorium, Niveau 1
Area: AUT/PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Jennifer Yakos, M.A.
JENNIFER YAKOS (Institute for Behavioral Training (IBT)), CECILIA KNIGHT (Institute for Behavioral Training)
Description: As the population of individuals with ASD continues to grow, treatment planning for teenagers and adults is becoming a top priority for many clients, caregivers and professionals. While the number of older adolescents and adults with ASD is rising, most treatment options are aimed at early intervention, or the treatment of young children. Support services for adolescents and adults with ASD are scarce, and often times do not reflect the vastly different needs of individuals on all levels of the spectrum. This workshop will discuss the importance of developing individualized ABA treatment of older individuals with ASD, through appropriate assessment and prioritization of needs. Additionally, several specific treatment models with goals and strategies will be discussed to address the varying needs for teenagers and adults on the autism spectrum. Specifically, programming options for teaching adults who are mildly, moderately and severely affected will be reviewed, including programming to teach higher order social skills and perspective taking, skills for independent living and vocational success, and skills for functional communication and self-care. This presentation will also address specific ethical considerations for treating older children and adults, specifically how to protect client dignity and facilitate clients into decision making and management of their own treatment.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: (1) Identify specific factors to consider when assessing and prioritizing the needs of adolescents and adult clients with ASD; (2) Identify and review several programming options for older individuals with ASD according to varying levels of need, including advanced social skills instruction, independent living and vocational skills instruction, and functional communication and self-care; (3) Identify relevant treatment goals and intervention strategies for clients within several case study vignettes; (4) Identify specific ethical considerations regarding the treatment of adolescents and adults with ASD including the promotion of client dignity and self-advocacy.
Activities: Workshop activities will include lecture, discussion, video demonstration, and small group breakout tasks.
Audience: This workshop would be appropriate for BCBAs, therapists, educators, administrators, caregivers, or other professionals involved in the treatment of adolescents and adults with ASD.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): autism adolescents, autism adults, individualized treatment



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