Association for Behavior Analysis International

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11th International Conference; Dublin, Ireland; 2022

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Panel #51
CE Offered: BACB
Strategic Leadership During A Pandemic: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly From New York State Provider Agencies
Friday, September 2, 2022
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
Meeting Level 1; Liffey Hall 1
Area: OBM/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Juliet Grillo, M.S.
Chair: Juliet Grillo (Brooklyn Autism Center)
JAMIE ARNOLD (Eden II Programs)
CHRISTINE PONZIO (Developmental Disabilities Institute)

The rapid transition from in-person instruction to virtual classrooms and the abrupt pivot to working remotely has resulted in challenges for provider agencies, teachers, students, and families and communities all around the world. The unique language, learning, and behavioral characteristics of individuals with autism has taken these challenges to a whole new level. This panel will outline best practices in the elements of effective instruction in remote and hybrid environments. The role of employer and community partners will be described. Specifically, creating balance between corporate entities and non-profit provider agencies. The collaboration between and across agencies was critical in developing safety protocols, curriculum and training that impacted internal and external stakeholder groups. Panelists will share strategies that helped their agencies cope with pandemic fatigue, physical illness and loss in the workplace. Lessons learned about being more efficient and productive will be highlighted in the context of planning for the future health of our communities, our organizations, our staff, families and the people we serve.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:


Learning Objectives: 1. Describe strategies that facilitated fast decision making and turnkey implementation 2. List the roles and responsibilities of all involved with designing and implementing effective remote instruction 3. Describe strategies to engage all stakeholders (e.g., families, employer partners and community supporters, regulatory agencies, etc.) 4. Understand the potential challenges of remote learning and learn strategies as to how to overcome those obstacles 5. Share and reflect on silver linings and lessons learned



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