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Ninth International Conference; Paris, France; 2017

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Paper Session #114
Topics in Autism: Program Reviews
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
4:30 PM–6:20 PM
Forum EF, Niveau 1
Area: AUT
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Chair: Ira Heilveil (University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine)
Challenges Practicing as an American Behavior Analyst in Armenia: A 10-Year Retrospective
Domain: Service Delivery
IRA HEILVEIL (University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine; Touchstone Educational Consultants)
Abstract: The presenter reflects on his more than 10-year history of training of staff in ABA and program development in the small, post-Soviet country of Armenia. Beginning with just two children and a small staff, the Center now employs over 100 staff and serves over 150 children. The impact of cultural differences between western practices and Caucasian practices pertain to the relationship to authority and power hierarchies, and the embedding of the "Soviet way." Implications of an oligarchical power structure are also discussed, as well as the contradictory perceptions of the "outsider". Appreciation for Armenian cultural identity, differences within the Armenian community itself, and specific challenges, such as combating psychoanalytic hostility, economic obstacles stemming from providing services in a country where the average monthly salary equates to roughly two to three hours' salary of a BCBA in the U.S., the complexity of the use of translators, and developing trust over time are also discussed.
Success in Challenges in Achieving Academic Growth in Students With Autism Using the Morningside Model of Generative Instruction
Domain: Service Delivery
KATHY FOX (Haugland Learning Center), Jason Guild (Haugland Learning Center), Morten Haugland (Haugland Learning Center)
Abstract: In our 7th year of collaboration with Morningside Academy, Haugland Learning Center recognizes that the Morningside Model of Generative Instruction, which focuses on systematic programming and quality instruction is effective in a setting where all students have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Using an assessment system based on the one used at Morningside Academy, Haugland Learning Center has demonstrated that using the Morningside Model of Generative Instruction with students with ASD leads to generative outcomes and academic growth. This presentation will focus on assessment data in all academic areas, staff performance data, and how Haugland Learning Center makes data- based decisions to ensure continued growth for our students and staff.
Using Modern Technology in Teaching Children With Autism Spectrum Disoder New Skills
Domain: Applied Research
IWONA RUTA-SOMINKA (Institute for Child Development in Gdansk), Anna Budzinska (Institute for Child Development in Gdansk)
Abstract: Friendly Schedule is an application for children and youth with ASD which was developed as a joint initiative of Gdansk University of Technology and Institute for Child Development in Poland. The application was created as non-profit project. Over two decades of research and linical experience shows that activity schedules are very effective in teaching people with autism many new skills. The Institute for Child Development (IWRD) in Gdansk has been using activity schedules in ABA program for children with autism since ten years. We will show the effectiveness of teaching children with autism to follow both forms of the daily activity schedules: the traditional version and the modern version. Multiple baseline across children shows that manual prompts are effective in teaching children with autism to follow the daily activity schedules in the paper version and also on tablets (the application Friendly schedule). Activity schedules on tablets can be used as an effective teaching technique for a variety of new skills. The application allows therapists to implement scripts into activity schedule so we can effectively teach our students new verbal and social behaviors, for example to initiate conversations. 100% of IWRD students were using activity schedules and 72% of them were using tablets with the application Friendly schedule during a school year 2015/2016. The data shows that for 13 children with autism we established 36 educational programs with the application Friendly Schedule. A number of programs per child varies from 1 up to 5 consecutive programs using the application with an average 2,8 program per child. The more detailed data on using the application in different programs are provided in Table 1.
Serving the French Countryside Tethering Pivotal Skills to Effective Training and Outcomes
Domain: Service Delivery
DIANE FRASER (Association ABA Côte d'Or), Deborah Lee Esmail (Association ABA Côte d'Or)
Abstract: Behavioral analytic concepts as relevant to behavioral economics strongly impact effective service delivery. Behavioral economics, as discussed herein, is not just a purely academic attempt at forecasting consumer choice. At the onset, it is providing stakeholders (in this case, families with children with autism) with concrete reinforcement so that their decisions to continue behavioral analytic intervention is shaped. Here, in the Burgundy region of France, we developed a model of pivotal skills to train naive tutors to implement ABA with children on the autism spectrum.



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