Association for Behavior Analysis International

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46th Annual Convention; Washington DC; 2020

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Paper Session #565
Diversity submission ABA in Community and Public Health Settings
Monday, May 25, 2020
3:00 PM–4:50 PM
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Level 1, Salon B
Area: CBM
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Chair: Gerald McKeegan (Friends Hospital)
Diversity submission ABA Practice in a Medically Oriented Rehabilitation Setting
Domain: Service Delivery
GERALD MCKEEGAN (Friends Hospital)
Abstract: Interventions based on the principles of Applied behavior analysis are used to treat a variety of disabilities and deficits in independent living and functioning stemming from many etiologies. Applied behavior analysts apply basic behavioral practices that improve language and social interaction. Practitioners of ABA support rehabilitation and independent living among age groups from childhood to older adults. The purpose of the present paper is to outline the behaviors and interventions that an analyst encounters in a rehabilitation setting that is medical in orientation and services. ABA can be utilized in such a setting regardless of the diagnoses of the individuals. Working with other disciplines such as physical, occupational, and speech therapies, neuropsychology, as well as nursing can advance the implementation of ABA in rehabilitative settings to achieve beneficial outcomes for the individuals receiving services. Finally, the challenges and opportunities to extend an ABA focused practice will be described. Recommendations for future practice in the field of rehabilitation will be given.
Diversity submission Green Spaces and Healthy Aging
Domain: Theory
PARSLA VINTERE (CHE Senior Psycholgical Services; Elaine Kaufman Cultural Center)
Abstract: In the past few decades there is an increased attention being paid to the effect of green spaces. Studies examining the relationship between time spent outdoors and seniors’ health status show a positive relationship. In terms of physical health, there is evidence that being outdoors is associated with an increase in Vitamin D levels, improved functioning of the immune system, better recovery from injury and illness and increased energy levels. Similarly, there is evidence of mental health benefits associated with time spent outdoors, such as decreased levels of stress, depression and anxiety and improved attention and well-being. Several studies suggest that health care providers need to pay more attention to how often their senior clients are outdoors. Many traditional nursing homes are attempting to improve care and quality of life for their residents by creating more home-like atmosphere. The purpose of this paper is to (a) examine the typical scheduling of the daily activities in the long-term care settings; (b) discuss the Green House nursing home model; and (c) present some anecdotal evidence of the effectiveness of the time spent outdoors using clinical behavior analytic approach to psychotherapy with aging population.
Diversity submission 

An Approach to Addiction Recovery and Reanimation Emphasizing Robust Antecedent State Development Through Neuroscience and Public Health Principles

Domain: Service Delivery
MATTHEW GROSS (Shippensburg University), Richard T Cook (Applied Behavioral Medicine Associates of Hershey, PA)

Patients undergoing recovery from addiction, especially following an acute inpatient rehabilitation experience, often experience a period of time during which they are "spared" from typical daily activities, responsibilities, and reinforcers. During this time, particularly if living "back at home," demands on them are initially reduced, or non existent, but ideally should gradually increase, commensurate with ongoing successful habit development, but too often, they don't do so. Unfortunately, for some patients, their families, their rehabilitation clinicians, their healthcare payers/insurers, the legal system, their friends, and other key stakeholders in their recovery, either in being well intentioned..or simply by not paying attention.., set up an environment sheltering them not only from responsibilities "too much for them to handle" at this time, but unfortunately also from the many natural consequences that would bring life back to them, shaping their behaviors, overt and private, to assist to return them to (ideally, improved versions of) their "normal" lives. While they might participate in some sort of outpatient "program," sadly the absence of a systematically implemented, reevaluated, revised, and increased set of responsibilities and actions expected of them within their family or other living situation, outside of their formal outpatient drug rehab program activities, can allow them, or arguably, cause them, to become "permanent teenagers," returning from their outpatient program activities to their home, where they can isolate themselves into their rooms, pajamas, snack foods, phone, computer, and up all night schedules of internet or video or game controller or tv reruns, often absent even much interaction with other family members in the house. Instead of focusing on "esteem building," behavioral activation robustly employed, with a goal of developing patterns of behavior useful to returning to a (more desirable) day to day life going forward, can get them showered dressed, out of their rooms, out of their houses, and into volunteer or part time job activities which will, if guided well, expose them to natural reinforces that will train them, rehabilitate them, reanimate them, redefine them, and reintegrate them into the (hopefully well chosen) worlds around them, and increase the likelihood they will be fortified against the stimuli, internal and external, that might lead them to emit behaviors of relapse.

Diversity submission Cultural Awareness and the Behavior Analyst: The Supervision Process
Domain: Service Delivery
BOBBY NEWMAN (Proud Moments ABA), Damali Alexander (Proud Moments ABA), Chanie Rubin (Proud Moments ABA)
Abstract: The basic ethics guidelines for the field of Applied Behavior Analysis require that behavior analysts be culturally competent in terms of service delivery. The same cultural competency concerns are no less important in the supervision of future BCBAs, but this has not received the same attention as client-based concerns. In this talk, we will explore issues related to cultural competence and the BCBA supervision process.



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