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.


48th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2022

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Panel #59
CE Offered: BACB
Current Trends in Applied Behavior Analysis Service Delivery Quality
Saturday, May 28, 2022
12:00 PM–12:50 PM
Meeting Level 2; Room 254A
Area: AUT/OBM; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Bryant C. Silbaugh, Ph.D.
Chair: Bryant C. Silbaugh (Maraca Learning, Inc.)
ROBBIE FATTAL (Maraca Learning)
IVY M CHONG (The May Institute, Inc.)
ERICK M. DUBUQUE (The Council of Autism Service Providers)

Applied behavior analysis (ABA) as a profession and treatment for autism spectrum disorder has grown exponentially in the past decade, with more certified behavior analysts and registered behavior technicians than ever before. Behavior analysts strive to provide high-quality services in autism care settings, but the industry is not yet aligned on standards for quality care. In other industries, history has shown that increased demand for services and products can adversely impact quality, but also stimulate innovation in standards development and process improvement. Researchers have called for more public discourse about empirical approaches to assessing and promoting ABA service delivery quality (ASDQ) but work in this area is only emerging. In this event, we bring together a diverse panel of researchers and representatives from major professional organizations and ABA service providers to increase public discourse on trends in how the industry and our science address quality. The discussion will cover multiple issues on this topic which could include the ASDQ framework, and the relationship between quality and value-based healthcare, standards, accreditation, certification, private equity, outcomes, consumer experience, or industry threats. Attendees will learn to consider quality from multiple perspectives and gain insight into what providers can do now to promote quality ABA service delivery.

Instruction Level: Advanced
Target Audience:

Leaders and executives in the ABA service delivery industry serving individuals with autism will likely benefit most from this panel, however the discourse is likely to appeal to a wide range of professionals and academics within the field.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to (1) identify trends and issues related to the quality of ABA services for individuals with autism, (2) describe some relations between quality, standards, and outcomes, and (3) discuss steps leaders and executive can take to promote service quality within their organization.
Keyword(s): accreditation, ASDQ, outcomes, quality



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