Association for Behavior Analysis International

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11th International Conference; Dublin, Ireland; 2022

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Panel #54
CE Offered: BACB
Residential Services for People with ASD: Strategies for Promoting Quality Outcomes.
Friday, September 2, 2022
4:00 PM–4:50 PM
Meeting Level 1; Liffey Hall 2
Area: AUT/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Mary Ellen McDonald, Ph.D.
Chair: Joanne Gerenser (Eden II Programs)
MARY ELLEN MCDONALD (Hofstra University)

One of the most complicated and worrisome issues facing families and service providers of individuals with autism is securing long-term living opportunities. While it’s difficult to determine the exact numbers of individuals nationally and internationally that will need some form of residential services each year, based on the prevalence of autism (1 in 54), we can predict the number will be in the tens of thousands. Developing strategies for assuring the quality of these programs presents a unique set of challenges. Issues related to evidence-based treatment practices as well as staff recruitment, training and retention combined with insufficient funding sources takes these challenges to a whole new level. This panel will discuss person centered and community focused strategies that have been used to promote positive quality of life in residential settings. Objective data and social validity measures used to evaluate the effectiveness of evidence-based practices will be described.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Autism Providers, BCBAs

Learning Objectives: 1. Describe at least three unique challenges to providing community based residential supports to people with profound autism 2. Identify at least three strategies to address challenges in providing residential supports 3. Describe social validity measures and other data collection procedures used to evaluate program quality in community based residential programs



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