Association for Behavior Analysis International

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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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Paper Session #13
CE Offered: BACB
Evaluation of a Brief Delay/Denial Tolerance Training Delivered via Telehealth
Saturday, May 29, 2021
9:00 AM–9:25 AM
Area: CBM
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Chair: Kaitlin M Gould (May Institute)
CE Instructor: Kaitlin M Gould, Ph.D.
Evaluation of a Brief Delay/Denial Tolerance Training Delivered via Telehealth
Domain: Applied Research
KAITLIN M GOULD (University of Massachusetts Boston), Matthew L. Edelstein (Kennedy Krieger Institute), Alicia Sullivan (Kennedy Krieger Institute), Jessica L Becraft (Kennedy Krieger Institute), Susan K. Perkins-Parks (Kennedy Krieger Institute)
Abstract: The literature on treatment packages for challenging behavior suggests that programs targeting deficits in tolerating frustration and delay to gratification may be highly effective (Dixon & Cummings, 2001). In addition, teaching children with challenging behavior to appropriately communicate their needs and tolerate delays to reinforcement may be the most crucial component of any behavior modification program (Hanley, 2014). However, the literature on the systematic application of these treatment components is limited to specific delivery models (i.e. in-person discrete teaching) and particular settings (i.e. highly controlled and/or intensive treatment programs). The purpose of the current study is to extend previous research the use of synthesized contingency analyses (Hanley, Jin, Vanselow, & Hanratty, 2014) and delay/denial tolerance training taught systematically via a Telehealth service delivery model. Results indicate high rates of skill acquisition and reduced rates of problem behavior across participants. Implications for continued use of Telehealth as a primary means of service delivery are discussed.
Target Audience:

Attendees should be familiar with functional analysis and assessment.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) describe the benefit of utilizing a synthesized contingency analysis; (2) discuss the utility of this intervention for teaching clients to tolerate distress.



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