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.


49th Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2023

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W7
CE Offered: BACB
CANCELLED: Helping Families Navigate Challenges: Practical Solutions to Everyday Problems
Thursday, May 25, 2023
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Convention Center Mile High Ballroom 1E/F
Area: AUT/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Jill McGrale Maher, M.A.
Jill McGrale Maher (McGrale & Associates Consulting Group), Courtney Maher (Michigan State University )
Description: A major cause of stress for parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disorders (DD) is their child’s lacking adaptive skills (Hall & Graff, 2010). Some of the most prevalent adaptive skills creating disruption in family life include being toilet trained, sleep and bedtime challenges, and issues around mealtimes and food selectivity. Additionally, the absence of the completion of daily routines often presents significant challenges and becomes a major stressor for parents (Rivard, Terroux, Parent-Boursier & Mercier, 2014). There exists a plethora of strategies in the literature for practitioners to remediate all the target behaviors (e.g., Azrin & Foxx, 1973; Jin, Hanley & Beaulieu, 2013; Bourne, Mandy, Bryant-Waugh, 2022; Cagliani, Snyder, White, 2021; McDuff, Krantz & McClannahan, 1993; ). It can be very difficult, however, to identify which strategy to suggest to families, and to determine which is most practical and will be most successful for each family. Participants will obtain tools to identify and operationally define target skills, and strategies to: toilet train in 4 days; increase food preferences; address sleep and bedtime challenges; and teach routines of daily living.
Learning Objectives: 1. Obtain simple tools to identify and operationally define the problem when presented with “impossible situations” from families. 2. Discuss, review, and acquire skills to toilet train a child in 4 days. 3. Discuss, review, and acquire skills to increase a child’s food selectivity utilizing 3 different strategies. 4. Discuss, review, and acquire skills to increase appropriate sleep and nighttime routines for children. 5. Discuss, review, and acquire skills to teach routines of daily living within household schedules and existing routines. 6. Discuss, review, and acquire skills to evaluate the effectiveness of all the above. 7. Review the efficacy and ethicalness of all possible methods.
Activities: Workshop activities will include a combination of lecture, discussion, and small group breakout. Supplemantal materials (e.g., teaching programs, assessments) will be provided to participants to "take home" to assist in implementation of procedures and protocol folwing the workshop.
Audience: The target audience is for practitioners or parents that have experience with basic teaching procedures utilizing the principles of applied behavior analysis, have worked with learners in home or school environments teaching skills of daily living and have experienced some success and challenges.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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