Association for Behavior Analysis International

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48th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2022

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Paper Session #507
The Telehealth Pre-Diagnostic Program for Families on the Waiting List
Monday, May 30, 2022
12:30 PM–12:55 PM
Meeting Level 2; Room 254B
Area: AUT
Chair: Layla Khayr (Boston University)

The Telehealth Pre-Diagnostic Program for Families on the Waiting List

Domain: Service Delivery
LAYLA KHAYR (Boston University), Eiman Alismail (tbd)

The Center for Autism Research (CFAR) at King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center is a landmark diagnostic and research facility that serves all junior citizens, of all nationalities, suspected to have ASD; this increases the demand on the multidisciplinary team and increases the waiting time. In response to this, this novel, telehealth, educational, and skills training program was designed for parents of children who are on the waiting list for the diagnostic service. The fundamental concept is to invest the waiting time in maximizing children's skills, preventing further complications, and advancing parents’ confidence in applying the strategies. The program consists of eight, 50 minutes sessions, that aim at increasing the parents' insight over ASD basic facts, the parents' significant role in reaching successful diagnosis as a partner in diagnostic service. Second, the parent will be trained on using strategies adopted from evidence-based programs to maximize social communication. Third, and most importantly, the parent will explore their child's potential and neglected strengths. we will share the preliminary protocol, future recommendations that could advance this initiative to be a nationally recognized practice.




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