Association for Behavior Analysis International

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49th Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2023

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Panel #93
CE Offered: BACB
Integrating Applied Behavior Analysis Into the Hospital: Some Perspectives on Establishing a Patient-Care Model
Saturday, May 27, 2023
5:00 PM–5:50 PM
Hyatt Regency, Capitol Ballroom 5-7
Area: CBM/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Alexis Constantin Pavlov, Ph.D.
Chair: Alexis Constantin Pavlov (Marcus Autism Center; Emory University School of Medicine)
ALEC M BERNSTEIN (Children's Mercy Kansas City Hospital; University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine)
SARA ELIZABETH WISE (University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics; University of Iowa College of Medicine)
WILLIAM SULLIVAN (Golisano Children's Hospital & Center for Special Needs; SUNY Upstate Medical University)

Children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (e.g., autism) require more visits to the emergency department than neurotypical children. This, in part, is due to the escalation of challenging behavior to crisis state and higher rates of co-occurring medical conditions. Challenging behavior also makes providing preventative and routine medical care difficult, often resulting in longer lengths of stay and more invasive forms of medical care (e.g., restraint or inpatient hospitalization) for procedures that typically are completed in less-restrictive settings. The invited panelists will present their perspectives on the application of behavior analysis and patient-centered care in hospital settings. Considerations for establishing care models for patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities and challenging behavior will be discussed.

Instruction Level: Advanced
Target Audience:

Advanced; necessary requisite skills and companies for attendees to gain the most from the panel discussion included (a) completion of graduate-level work focusing on applied behavior analysis, (b) licensure and credentials as someone able to legally and ethically provide behavior-analytic services, (c) some experience beyond graduate school working in the healthcare setting.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to identify (1) best practices for providing behavioral services within the hospital setting, (2) the differences across healthcare settings and how service provisions differ across these, and (3) barriers to current systems and future directions for integrated health care systems.
Keyword(s): behavioral pediatrics, challenging behavior, hospital, IDD



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