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.


11th International Conference; Dublin, Ireland; 2022

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Symposium #77
CE Offered: BACB
Supporting Students With Severe Challenging Behaviours Within an Interdisciplinary Education Program
Saturday, September 3, 2022
8:00 AM–8:50 AM
Meeting Level 1: Liffey B
Area: AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Paul Szikszai (Surrey Place)
CE Instructor: Paul Szikszai, M.A.

The use of Applied Behaviour Analysis within education systems varies drastically on an international scale. While some countries or regions within them have been successful on achieving a level of integration and funding, most are at an earlier stage in this process. This symposium will provide an overview of a specialized day treatment program in Ontario Canada. This program constitutes a short term (1-2 years) educational placement with the goal to provide behavioural treatment and transition to a less restrictive educational placement. Specifics of the service delivery model and commonly utilized methodologies within this setting will be provided.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Intermediate Should not require specific prerequisites

Learning Objectives: 1. Describe a service delivery model incorporating ABA within an educational setting 2. Identify potential measures to support interdisciplinary work with medical professionals 3. Identify potential measures to support transition planning

Interdisciplinary Assessment and Treatment Within a Short-Term Specialized Education Placement

PAUL SZIKSZAI (Surrey Place), Adriana Marini (Surrey Place), Gerald R. Bernicky (Surrey Place )

This presentation will provide an overview of an Education and Community Partnership Program (ECPP) that is a partnership between Surrey Place and local school boards. This program supports students identified with autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disability who exhibit challenging behaviours (e.g., aggression, self-injury, property destruction) at a rate and/or intensity that puts in their current school placement at risk. The presentation will review the program's interdisciplinary service model, service flow into and through the program, and the relationship between school board and treatment staff working in partnership to support students. Student examples of services received and outcomes leading to transition from this ECPP program back to a community school will be outlined.

An Interdisciplinary Approach to Reducing Self-Injurious Behaviour
SUZANNE ROBERTSON (Surrey Place Centre), Elizabeth Ferrari (Surrey Place)
Abstract: Clients who engage in severe challenging behaviour(s) are often prescribed psychotropic medications. Opinions and biases both for and against this trend can vary drastically, and while this is a valuable debate, in the interim clinicians are tasked with the responsibility to monitor potential effects/side effects and consider their contribution to behavioural reductions. This presentation will provide case examples of measures used to support the trial of medication regimes.
The Use of Supplementary Data to Support Treatment Evaluation and Transition Planning
PAUL SZIKSZAI (Surrey Place), Adriana Marini (Surrey Place), Alex Hamilton (Surrey Place)
Abstract: Understandably the rate of target behaviour and the percent of reduction from baseline are commonly utilized determiners of treatment success. While valuable, these measures may not adequately summarize treatment effects in a manner that adequately supports transition to less specialized or restrictive environments. Differences between the treatment setting and the receiving classroom placement may be vast and as a result ‘successful’ treatment approaches (e.g. greater than an 80% reduction) may still require further modifications to support the transition to educational settings. This presentation will provide several case examples where the collection of secondary measures supported treatment evaluation and transition planning.



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