Association for Behavior Analysis International

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48th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2022

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Panel #487
CE Offered: BACB
Project DATA: Providing Meaningful Education and Support to Families of Young Children with Autism
Monday, May 30, 2022
12:00 PM–12:50 PM
Meeting Level 2; Room 257B
Area: AUT/CSS; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Katherine Bateman, Ph.D.
Chair: Rose Nevill (University of Virginia)
KATHERINE BATEMAN (University of Washington)
ILENE S. SCHWARTZ (University of Washington)
BONNIE J. MCBRIDE (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)

Parents are key stakeholders of intervention and play a critical role in the success of early intervention. This has been particularly true during shutdowns and service delivery disruptions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. To ensure parents are confident and competent in intervening with their child, parent education and support are essential. Project DATA (Developmentally Appropriate Treatment for Autism), a school-based behavioral intervention model, addresses the need for family support through one of its foundational components- technical and social support for families. This support is provided through Family Support Nights hosted by Project DATA teachers, Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs), related service staff, and parent/family advocates. This presentation will discuss family outcomes from a completed multi-site randomized control trial (RCT) of the Project DATA model and discuss our recent approach to providing families with support and education through Family Support Nights using the Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) service delivery model. This model uses a virtual, case-based learning platform to share knowledge, provide support, and create a sense of community membership and belonging. Outcomes and implications of implementation of this model will be explored, as well as a panel discussion focused on areas for future research and intervention.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

This presentation is an intermediate instructional level. Thus, attendees should have basic knowledge behavioral strategies and delivery of parent education and support models.

Learning Objectives: 1. At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to 1) identify the need for effective parent education and support for families of children with autism; 2) discuss issues of sustainability of parent education models; 3) engage in meaningful discussion of further implementations of the Project ECHO service delivery model.



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