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12th Annual Autism Conference; Miami, FL; 2018
Invited Paper Session #4
CE Offered: PSY/BACB/QABA/NASP
Promoting Quality in Adult Services for People With Autism: Evidence-Based Strategies
Monday, February 5, 2018
9:30 AM–10:20 AM
Dennis H. Reid, Ph.D.
Ruth Anne Rehfeldt (Southern Illinois University)
DENNIS H. REID (Carolina Behavior Analysis and Support Center)
Dr. Dennis Reid has over 40 years of experience as a clinician and supervisor in educational, residential, and community support settings for people with autism and other developmental disabilities, and has consulted with human service agencies in the majority of states of the United States as well as Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. He has published over 140 refereed journal articles and book chapters focusing on applied behavior analysis and authored or co-authored 11 books and three training curricula. In 2007 he was awarded Fellowship status in the Association for Behavior Analysis International and in 2006 received the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities International Research Award. Dennis is the founder and current director of the Carolina Behavior Analysis and Support Center in Morganton, North Carolina, USA. His company has employed people with autism and other severe disabilities in a supported work capacity for 22 years.
This presentation will describe critical, evidence-based strategies for promoting and maintaining quality within services specifically for adults with autism. The strategies to be presented are based on over four decades of behavior analytic research and application in residential and day-support settings for adults with autism and other severe disabilities. Topics to be discussed include the fundamental differences in goals for services for adults versus children, basic skill sets required of support staff, key performance responsibilities of staff warranting regular attention and action by supervisors, characteristics of environments that promote meaningful and enjoyable daily routines, and supervisory performance expectations and skills necessary for ensuring day-to-day quality in service provision. The most common obstacles to quality services will also be presented along with research-based means of overcoming the obstacles.
Board certified behavior analysts, licensed psychologists, graduate students.
At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) Identify two key areas of staff performance warranting supervisory monitoring and feedback in residential services for adults with autism; (2) Describe the current professional consensus regarding most and least meaningful activities for adults with autism in center-based, day-support settings; (3) Identify three generic skill sets required of support staff that are necessary for providing quality adult services.
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