Association for Behavior Analysis International

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46th Annual Convention; Washington DC; 2020

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Panel #338
CE Offered: BACB
The Importance of Independence and Interdependence in Adults With Autism Spectrum Disorders
Sunday, May 24, 2020
4:00 PM–4:50 PM
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Level 2, Room 207B
Area: AUT/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Mary Ellen McDonald, Ph.D.
Chair: Anya K. Silver (Quality Services for the Autism Community)
MARY ELLEN MCDONALD (Hofstra University; Eden II/ Genesis Programs)
ROBERT LARUE (Rutgers University)

One of the greatest challenges faced is promoting independence in the individuals we serve so that they can live the best quality of life possible. Independence is an essential life skill for the individuals we serve and is often an area of focus when developing goals. However, the sometimes overlooked area of interdependence may be an even more crucial skill for success in daily life. Individuals with autism may attempt to behave independently when they actually would be better served by accessing others to help them to solve a problem. Interdependence is a way in which we can achieve our goals and solve problems but includes others in the solution. This panel will focus on the importance of both independence and interdependence in adults with autism spectrum disorders. Independence and interdependence will be discussed and defined. Specific examples will be used to highlight skills of independence and interdependence. There will be a discussion regarding the assessment and observation of adults with autism in the areas of independence and interdependence.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Behavior Analysts Special Educator

Learning Objectives: 1. At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to define independence vs interdependence. 2. At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to identify a minimum of 2 observation based assessment tools related to independence and interdependence. 3. At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to identify goals to be implemented for behavior change in the areas of independence and interdependence.
Keyword(s): Adults, Independence, Interdependence



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