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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Paper Session #50
CE Offered: BACB
Decision Making in a Pandemic: Outcomes and Discussion of Utilizing a Crisis Decision Model to Provide Essential ABA Services During a Pandemic
Saturday, May 29, 2021
10:30 AM–10:55 AM
Area: CSS
Instruction Level: Basic
Chair: Benjamin Thomas Heimann (CABA)
CE Instructor: Benjamin Thomas Heimann, M.S.

Decision-Making in a Pandemic: Outcomes and Discussion of Utilizing a Crisis Decision Model to Provide Essential ABA Services During a Pandemic

Domain: Service Delivery
BENJAMIN THOMAS HEIMANN (CABA), Richard Colombo (CABA), David Legaspi (Center For Applied Behavior Analysis), Michele D. Wallace (California State University, Los Angeles), Rachel Taylor (Center for Applied Behavior Analysis )

The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted a vigorous discussion on how to apply essential Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services (APBA, April 10, 2020) safely and effectively (Cox, Plavnick, & Broadhead, 2020; LeBlanc, et al. 2020). One possible format, telehealth, demonstrates promise as a means to continued care while reducing risks of infection across treatment modalities and treatment settings (Rodriguez, 2020). The current analysis represents an extension of essential service delivery model for ABA providers during a crisis described by Colombo, Wallace, and Taylor (2020). The decision model evaluates several factors (e.g. immediate needs, vulnerability of clients, and the competency of service providers) as a means of assessing the best means of mitigating the effects of the current crisis on the on the progress of ABA consumers. The current paper will describe the effects and outcomes of applying this delivery model across four individuals who receive ABA services to address severe challenging behavior. Data reflecting treatment effects on target problem behavior will be evaluated across initial baseline, pre-COVID, telehealth, and withdrawal (e.g., in-person, mixed, etc.). Results, barriers, and potential extensions will be discussed.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) describe the advantages and limitations which must be considered before identifying a safe but effective service delivery model; (2) demonstrate actionable steps to initiate and sustain effective services via direct, telehealth, or blended services.



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