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

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Panel #375
CE Offered: BACB
Demystifying the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Continuum of Care: More Settings for Behavior Analysts to Explore
Monday, May 29, 2023
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
Hyatt Regency, Capitol Ballroom 5-7
Area: CBM; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Megan R. Heinicke, Ph.D.
Chair: Megan R. Heinicke (California State University, Sacramento)
ANNEKA HOFSCHNEIDER (Centre for Neuro Skills)
Abstract: Acquired brain injury (ABI) is the second most prevalent cause of long-term disability in the United States (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, n.d.). Neurorehabilitation is a complex process involving multiple settings (e.g., acute, postacute, community) and interdisciplinary teams, often referred to as the “continuum of care”. Similar to other clinical populations served by behavior analysts, individuals who survive ABIs often experience lifelong challenges. For example, behavioral changes following ABI (e.g., aggression, refusal, inappropriate sexual behavior) can impede rehabilitation goals at each care level and have a major impact on independent living options (Heinicke & Carr, 2014). Fortunately, behavior analysts are well equipped to address behavioral consequences following ABI (LeBlanc et al., 2012); however, less than 1% of behavior analysts report neurorehabilitation as their primary practice area (Behavior Analyst Certification Board, n.d.). The lack of behavior analysts in neurorehabilitation settings may be due in part to a general lack of public awareness surrounding ABI. Thus, the purpose of this panel is to shed light on how behavior analysts can add value to interdisciplinary teams throughout the neurorehabilitation continuum of care. Panelists include practicing behavior analysts who serve ABI patients across acute inpatient hospital, postacute inpatient, postacute day treatment, and outpatient neurorehabilitation settings.
Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience: Beginner
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) distinguish between the different levels of the neurorehabilitation continuum of care (e.g., acute, subacute, postacute) including the main objectives, common interdisciplinary team members, and behavior-analytic goals at each level; (2) describe common behavioral challenges at each level of care and how behavior analysts collaborate within their interdiscripinary teams to address these challenges; and (3) describe at least two barriers (and strategies for addressing these barriers) associated with implementing behavior-analytic procedures along the neurorehabilitation continuum of care.
Keyword(s): brain injury, care continuum, diversifying practice, neurorehabilitation



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