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.


44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

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Panel #498
CE Offered: BACB
It's Not Just Kids With Autism: What About the Adult Population of Individuals With Developmental Disabilities Who Engage in Severe Problem Behavior?
Monday, May 28, 2018
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
Manchester Grand Hyatt, Seaport Ballroom A
Area: PRA/CSS; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Jennifer Lynn Hammond, Ph.D.
Chair: Jennifer Lynn Hammond (Center for Applied Behavior Analysis)
RACHEL TAYLOR (Center for Applied Behavior Analysis)
TRAVIS BLEVINS (Behavior Services of the Rockies)
MICHELE D. WALLACE (California State University, Los Angeles)

Over the past several decades, the field of applied behavior analysis has made significant contributions to improving the success and quality of life of individuals with autism and related disorders. The social significance of this influence has shifted public opinion and consequently informed policy and legislative decisions across the country. Currently, considerable resources are allocated to providing evidence-based services to bridge the functional and chronological age gap for toddlers and school-age children diagnosed with autism. The availability of evidence-based services for these individuals, however, tends to diminish as they mature into adulthood. The assembled panel consists of scientist-practitioners, each who have contributed to the peer-reviewed literature in applied behavior analysis and � through their clinical work � have significantly impacted the lives of adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities who engage in severe problem behavior, as well as their families. The panelists are an invaluable resource for behavior analysts who wish to support this largely underserved population.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

Behavior Analysts, Policy Makers, and Community Partners

Learning Objectives: To better understand: the state of behavioral services for adults with developmental disabilities, the policy and climate and available resources, and the current best practices for supporting this population.
Keyword(s): Adult Services, Development Disabilities, Problem Behavior



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