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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Poster Session #526
OBM Monday Poster Session: Even-Numbered Posters
Monday, May 30, 2022
2:00 PM–3:00 PM
Exhibit Level; Exhibit Hall A
Chair: Patrick Romani (University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus)
70. Literature Review: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Staff Training Procures in Applied Behavior Analysis Organization
Area: OBM; Domain: Service Delivery
Discussant: Patrick Romani (University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus)
Abstract: Continuing education and training opportunities allow employees to enhance careers, develop skills and knowledge, and deliver excellent service. Training can fail due to lack of planning and budget restraints (Albernathy, 1999). Sundberg in 2016 stated that staff training is more economic than staff turnover which could cost between 15%-200% annual salary of staff that leave an organization. Therefore it's essential that training and development be critical to both the employees and the organization (Devi & Shik, 2012) Trainings are often wasted because skills and knowledge gained in the training are not integrated on the job and therefore have no impact (Berge, 2008) Medsker & Roberts (1992) point out the the purpose for training might include, but not limited to, promoting change, reducing risk, communication and disseminating knowledge and information, developing and enhancing skills as well as maintaining certification and licensures. The focus of this study is to provide a literature review or evaluating the effectiveness of staff training for individuals working within an applied behavior analysis program.
72. Quality of Care in a Residential Setting: Measuring and Improving Adherence to Public Health Guidelines for Preventing Spread of Infectious Disease
Area: OBM; Domain: Applied Research
MAKENZIE BRIERE (The New England Center for Children; Western New England University), Chelsea R. Fleck (New England Center for Children; Western New England University), Jason C. Bourret (New England Center for Children), Emma Jehle (Western New England University)
Discussant: Patrick Romani (University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus)
Abstract: Facilities that house individuals with autism may house multiple residents within the same location and may include multiple rotations of staff to meet the care and supervision needs of the residents. When infectious disease spread is active within the community, it is imperative to ensure active prevention measures for protecting the health and safety of the residence, and the staff members in these settings. An observation checklist to monitor staff adherence to public health guidelines for preventing the spread of the novel COVID-19 virus was implemented. Based on the outcomes of the checklists enacted, two targets were selected for intervention, a multicomponent intervention package was introduced to increase staff completion of daily temperature-check and hourly surface-sanitizing logs.



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