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 #314
Increasing Parent Engagement in ABA Therapy During COVID-19 Telehealth Services
Sunday, May 30, 2021
6:00 PM–6:25 PM
Area: TBA
Chair: Euric V Guerrero (The COR Behavioral Group)

Increasing Parent Engagement in ABA Therapy During COVID-19 Telehealth Services

Domain: Service Delivery
AMANDA J FIGUEIRAS (The COR Behavioral Group), Euric V Guerrero (The COR Behavioral Group), Cheryl Spinella (The COR Behavioral Group)

Increased use of telehealth delivery methods and remote service applications provided additional options and opportunities to cultivate parent engagement with client services. Increased in-home support brought a variety of motivating operations to light, which resulted in increased buy-in from parents. Modifying delivery models early to increase parent engagement led to maintaining services to support families over the course of the quarantine. Naturalistic parent/client observations and interactions, indirect program implementation and data collection via collaborative instruction for parents and caregivers, general parent support and education, and advocacy with school districts all factored into propagating a culture of learning and application with clients families and treatment teams. Families’ need for support and education increased due to reduced services provided by school and suspension of other therapies. Crisis mitigation and daily routine support at home, as well as working with schools to identify feasible resources and collaboration were essential to maintaining service delivery.




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