Association for Behavior Analysis International

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48th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2022

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W11
CE Offered: BACB
Toilet Training for Individuals With and Without Autism and Developmental Disabilities: Assessment to Treatment - Day to Night
Thursday, May 26, 2022
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Meeting Level 1; Room 153C
Area: DDA/CBM; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Frank R. Cicero, Ph.D.
FRANK R. CICERO (Seton Hall University)
Description: Research indicates that behavioral toileting methods are effective for individuals with and without disabilities. This workshop will present the audience with empirically supported procedures for toileting using a variety of methods consistent with the principles of ABA. First, the audience will be provided with literature demonstrating empirical support for behavioral principles and procedures related to toileting. Seminal articles in the field will be discussed. Next, the presenter will discuss the importance of conducting an objective assessment of problem skill areas to properly individualize and design interventions. Data discussed will include narrative ABC data, frequency counts, and scatter plots. The details of an intensive reinforcement-based urination training procedure will be first be presented. The audience will be given a task analysis for how to run the procedure and analyze treatment results. The presenter will then outline the details of assessment, treatment, data analysis, and evaluation for bowel training. An emphasis will be placed on functional assessment for bowel accidents so that treatment can be tailored to function. The workshop will then move into the discussion of assessment and treatment for overnight training (nighttime enuresis) and bladder training. The audience will be provided with presentation slides, data sheets, and treatment task analyses.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) design a data-based assessment method for assessing needs in the area of toileting; (2) design an individualized urination training intervention based on the principles of behavior analysis; (3) design an individualized bowel training intervention based on the principles of behavior analysis; (4) design an individualized treatment for nighttime enuresis and/or bladder training.
Activities: Workshop activities will include didactic instruction by the presenter guided by a power point (which will be distributed as a hand out), discussion of distributed materials including assessment protocols, data sheets, task analyses and sample treatment plans, role plays of treatment strategies, group discussion, and the answering of audience questions. Discussion of case examples and case data will also be provided.
Audience: The workshop content will be at the intermediate level. Basic principles and procedures of applied behavior analysis will be described related to how they can be used in toilet training interventions, however, the workshop is not designed to teach these basic principles and procedures for people who are unfamiliar with ABA. The workshop is therefore most appropriate for RBTs, BCaBAs, and BCBAs looking to gain knowledge in this specific area.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): encopresis, enuresis, toilet training, toileting



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