Association for Behavior Analysis International

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41st Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2015

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Paper Session #176
Risk-Resiliency Evaluation, Identification and Reversal of Developmental Delays
Sunday, May 24, 2015
11:00 AM–11:50 AM
Texas Ballroom Salon E (Grand Hyatt)
Area: DEV
Chair: Ray Brogan (Kaplan University)

Risk-Resiliency Trans-Disciplinary Evaluation: Integration of Developmental and Applied Behavioral Methods for Children 0-5

Domain: Applied Research
KATHRYN LELAURIN (Applied Developmental Science Consultant)

This presentation will describe a multi-agency, data-based approach to assessing child and family needs to improve the specificity of service recommendations, family service linkages and child and family progress. Authentic case illustrations will demonstrate comparable children in different family environments benefit from different service arrays resulting in better outcomes. It will illustrate multi- and single-site transdisciplinary evaluation and assessment approaches which are (1) consistent with established developmental theory and practice regarding understanding the child in the context of the family, and (2) how this is essential to the essence and spirit of IDEA related to children under five and their families. The model incorporates the family at every stage of the evaluation, uses a validated triage process for diagnostic accuracy and resource efficiency, and includes contemporary quantitative tools and cost-effective technology to streamline data use for individual cases as well as systems planning. Staff training and organization will be highlighted and vignettes of evaluations will be provided. Recommendations will be made regarding how to structure community systems triage, evaluation, service and data linkages, not only for improving the lives of children and families but how such systems can contribute to the establishment of enhanced service and program monitoring and evaluation. In addition, final commentary emphasizes how such systems could become integral to cross-site applied research endeavors focused upon intervention efficacy as well as how they could be significant contributors to data based planning for children and families across ages and organizational entities.

Identifying and Reversing Developmental Delay Represented by Developmental Measures In Early Childhood
Domain: Basic Research
RAY BROGAN (Kaplan University)
Abstract: Developmental delay has been identified as an event where an otherwise normally developing child demonstrates behavior that is more appropriate for a child of a younger age. Identifying a specific cause of the delay can lead to an exact match for intervention. This is why early intervention is effective for developmental disabilities. However, even without a clear cause of the developmental delay, there is evidence that an intervention can still be effective without being an exact match to the cause of the delay. Many times, after intervention of any kind, the child demonstrates age-appropriate behavior in later assessments. That is, there is a reversal of the deviation from normal development. However, the nature and cause of these deviations have to be explored. When early intervention is effective in reversing the effects of developmental delay, whatever was counteracted by the intervention should be considered the cause or major influence of the developmental delay. Through examining archival data and analyzing interviews with early intervention practitioners, this study will present a new understanding of the nature and cause of developmental delays. Recommendations will be presented regarding ways in which parents, educators, and professionals can enrich the environment of development in early childhood.



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