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.


47th Annual Convention; Online; 2021

All times listed are Eastern time (GMT-4 at the time of the convention in May).

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Workshop #W37
CE Offered: PSY/BACB — 
Outcome-Based Management of Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention Through Dynamic Programming at the Lovaas Institute Midwest
Friday, May 28, 2021
1:00 PM–4:00 PM
Area: AUT/OBM; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Eric V. Larsson, Ph.D.
ERIC V. LARSSON (Lovaas Institute Midwest; University of Minnesota)
Description: The Lovaas Institute Midwest has delivered all of its EIBI services utilizing a comprehensive dynamic programming model for 18 years. The main goals of the model are: to ensure that each family is receiving the most appropriate level of individualized intervention at any given point in time; and to monitor each clinician's daily performance in a manner that contributes to continuous quality improvement. In dynamic programming, the interventions are continuously adjusted to produce accelerating progress, rather than to maintain static performance. The workshop will present the methods of managing the performance of all team members, parents, and supervisors through daily, weekly, six-month, and overall outcome measures. Dynamic measures focus on generative responding, acceleration toward single-trial mastery, recombinative generalization in matrix training, contingency management, and naturalization. Cost-effective staff training and management is also a fundamental concern, and so the system utilizes a data collection system that enables timely decision making, to both increase effectiveness when individual acquisition is challenging, and reduce the use of artificial training parameters as quickly as possible without impairing generalization or maintenance. Comprehensive program evaluation data will be presented on a substantial body of accumulated measures for 246 children served over 18 years.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, the participant will be able to describe: 1) the specific system for evaluating child response to treatment. 2) the specific clinical management system. 3) the results of the comprehensive research program.
Activities: The main format will be didactic presentation of the model, using actual programming materials and data, with frequent pauses to engage in questions and commentary by the participants. Various programming materials will be distributed to the attendees.
Audience: The attendees will be best able to attain the workshop objectives if they have working knowledge and experience with any EIBI program.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Advanced
Keyword(s): curriculum management, individualization, outcomes, short-term objectives



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