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44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

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Symposium #14
CE Offered: BACB
The Scope of Practice of a Behavior Analyst
Saturday, May 26, 2018
10:00 AM–10:20 AM
Manchester Grand Hyatt, Seaport Ballroom A
Area: PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Vanessa Patrone, M.A.
Chair: Vanessa Patrone (Daemen College)
Discussant: Deborah A. Napolitano (Hillside Children's Center)
Abstract: Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is an effective approach for improving socially significant human behavior. There are many areas of application of ABA to improve the behavior of people with and without diagnoses. While ABA has become known to the general public as the treatment of choice for people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs), it may be less known in the area of service delivery that ABA has been effective with a diversity of individuals. In this symposium, we will present a review of the diagnosis characteristics of the participants in the last decade of studies in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and a review of the application of ABA with people with Down Syndrome. The ethical implications of a restriction of the scope of a practicing behavior analyst will be discussed in light of recent licensure laws.
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Licensure, Scope, Service Delivery
Target Audience: Service providers, students, educators
Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to describe the potential scope of practice for a behavior analyst. Participants will be able to describe how ABA is applied with people with a diversity of diagnoses as evidenced in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. Participants will be able to describe how ABA is applied with people with Down Syndrome. Participants will be able to describe how licensure laws have influenced the scope of practice in the area of service delivery.
 
CANCELED: Applied Behavior Analysis for Kids With Down Syndrome Too!
THERESA FIANI (City University of New York - The Graduate Center), Sally M Izquierdo (The City University of New York, Queens College and The Graduate Center), Emily A. Jones (Queens College, The Graduate Center, City University of New York), Nicole M. Neil (University of Western Ontario), Sara and Neal Bauer (The Graduate Center of the City University of New York)
Abstract: Behavior analytic interventions can be applied to address the needs of individuals with a range of disorders. Demonstrations of behavior analytic interventions with other populations exist, but recent literature is limited and larger scale efforts to aggressively and systematically address the needs of individuals with other developmental disabilities remain to be explored. Everyone has a right to effective treatments and those with other disabilities can benefit from behavior analytic interventions. In this presentation, we will discuss research related to ABA and children with Down syndrome including a review of the literature on communication interventions and a series of studies of behavior analytic interventions to improve communication and motor development. Results suggests that applied behavior analytic interventions are effective in addressing the needs of individuals with Down syndrome in the same manner as autism.
 
Diversity of Diagnoses Represented in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
VANESSA PATRONE (Daemen College), Vicki Madaus Knapp (Daemen College)
Abstract: A content analysis was completed on all studies published in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis from Volume 40, Number 3 through Volume 50, Number 1 (2007 to present). A total of 849 research studies were reviewed and the diagnoses of the participants were coded as written in each article. A total of 90 articles (i.e., review papers, other) were excluded. The remaining 759 articles were analyzed. Of the 759 articles reviewed from each of the 40 journals, 12,698 participants were individually coded. Of the total number of participants, 513 (4%) were reported to have an ID/DD; 1,399 (11%) were reported to have an ASD; 1,582 (12%) were reported to be addicted to nicotine, gambling, or another substance; and 8,830 (70%) of the participants did not have a reported diagnosis. These participants included caregivers, staff, college students, and others. IOA was obtained for nine of the 40 journals (22.5%) and mean agreement was over 90%. This analysis may provide evidence to support the broad application of Applied Behavior Analysis, without restriction to a single diagnostic category.
 

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