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 #234
A Model for Fostering Community Capacity to Address Challenging Behaviour of Adults With Disabilities
Sunday, May 30, 2021
11:30 AM–11:55 AM
Area: DDA
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Chair: Laura E. Mullins (Brock University)
A Model for Fostering Community Capacity to Address Challenging Behaviour of Adults With Disabilities
Domain: Service Delivery
Laura Mullins (Brock University), VICTORIA SCOTT (Brock University), Pauline Le-Drew (Regional Support Associates), Gail Clark (Regional Support Associates)
Abstract: Many adults with developmental disabilities (DD) are being supported in the community by developmental support agencies. Unfortunately, these adults often exhibit high rates of challenging behaviour, which present significant limitations and pressures for these service providers. Agencies need to develop effective means of increasing their capacity to provide quality support to these individuals. Previous systematic reviews have found that training staff in positive behaviour supports can lead to improved outcomes. However, the factors facilitating training's effects, long-term effectiveness, and outcomes for service users have yet to be determined. We conducted a scoping review of 95 journals and book chapters. Information regarding training programs, models of implementation, service providers and users, generalization and maintenance was extracted. Drawing from Organizational Behaviour Management and Knowledge Translation theories, we developed a model for fostering capacity development. Some relevant factors include aspects of the services providers, features of the inner and outer organizational contexts, training approaches (e.g., BST & in-situ coaching), ongoing support and feedback. The model was applied to an ongoing training initiative, and it will be validated through follow-up with former participants. This model may lead to more effective and enduring treatment programs and improved supports for adults with disabilities.



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