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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Poster Session #73
DEV Poster Session
Friday, September 2, 2022
5:45 PM–7:45 PM
Ground Level; Forum
78. Behavioral Skills Training for Parent Implementation of a Menstrual Hygiene Task Analysis
Area: DEV; Domain: Service Delivery
JAQUELINE VICTORIA MORENO (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology; Autism Learning Partners)
Abstract: Menstrual hygiene maintenance is a crucial adaptive skill for anyone who menstruates. People with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD) can begin menstruating at an age comparable to their peers. Little support exists for families of children with I/DD who menstruate, and only two behavior analytic studies have been published—more than 30 years apart—evaluating menstrual hygiene skill acquisition with this population. The current study investigated the efficacy of Behavioral Skills Training (BST) to teach parents how to implement a menstrual hygiene task analysis. Parents then taught their daughters to place a menstrual pad on a pair of underwear. The parents’ fidelity of implementation was the primary dependent variable. The daughters’ independent performance of the hygiene task was measured as the second dependent variable in a changing criterion design. This study was conducted in-person with one mother-daughter dyad and via telehealth with one mother-daughter dyad due to COVID-19 regulations. Results demonstrated that BST was effective in improving parents’ fidelity of implementation of the task analysis. The daughters’ independent performances of the task increased along a changing criterion design as their parents’ fidelity of implementation increased. Implications for service delivery and sexual health in people with I/DD were also discussed.
79. Evaluation of Residential Services for Older Adults With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Residing in the Community
Area: DEV; Domain: Service Delivery
TANYA HOUGH (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), Jack Spear (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology)
Abstract: People with intellectual disabilities/developmental disabilities in the United States are living longer in recent decades. People 65 and older are in better health than previous decades due to more awareness of the beneficial effects of a healthy diet, preventative medical care, and physical exercise. Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities are living longer as well. However, this presents challenges in meeting the needs of this population. This paper details the results of a survey developed to assess several areas of services, including social engagement, health-related services, group home environment, and staff training and development, were evaluated to identify areas in need of improvement. Participants consisted of 95 direct care staff working for a not-for-profit agency providing residential services to adults with intellectual disabilities/developmental disabilities. The results of the survey indicate that need for improving social engagement opportunities for older adults residing in the community and more training on working with older adults with intellectual disabilities/developmental disabilities for direct care staff in a residential setting.



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