Association for Behavior Analysis International

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45th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2019

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Workshop #W55
CE Offered: BACB
Understanding Barriers for Parental Adherence: Using Systematic Analysis Methods to Improve Fidelity of Caregivers
Friday, May 24, 2019
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Swissôtel, Concourse Level, Zurich A
Area: AUT/TBA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Kathleen McCabe-Odri, Ed.D.
KATHLEEN MCCABE-ODRI (Partners In Learning, Inc.), ADRIENNE RIZZO (Partners in Learning), SAMARIA JUANANDRES (Partners in Learning, Inc), Melanie Erwinski (Partners in Learning, Inc.), Erica Ballard (Partners in Learning, Inc), JENNIFER CORNELY (Partners in Learning, Inc.)
Description: Moore, 2010, defined parental adherence as “abiding by the medical or behavioral treatment recommendations given by a trained individual both in the presence and absence of this clinical oversight.” Research shows that parental involvement within a child’s intervention has significant positive results regardless of whether the child is diagnosed with a disability; however, parents of those with ASD typically have more roles and responsibilities than other parents (Cho, 2008). Additionally, variables such as finances, perceived support, maternal stress, knowledge of treatment and spousal agreement contribute to or undermine self-efficacy (Allen & Warzak, 2000; Dillenburger et al., 2004; Hastings & Symes, 2002). These obstacles often present significant barriers to behavior analysis in a consultative or trainer role with parents or caregivers, thus limiting overall access to effective interventions when therapists are not present. Also, most parent training studies involve maternal participation (Schultz, Schmidt, & Stichter, 2011), yet fathers have shown to be critical to treatment success, often providing interactions based on a “higher level language model and more imaginative and realistic forms of play” (Flippin & Crais, 2011). This workshop reviews current research on parental adherence challenges as well as offers researched-based methods to help improve fidelity via varied training models.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, attendees will be able to: 1) describe research-based functional analysis of parental non-adherence variables 2) identify potential barriers for parental adherence and design interventions to reduce challenges 3) utilize presented methods to effectively measure and increase fidelity with caregivers
Activities: Workshop objectives will be met through a balanced presentation of review of current literature, presentation of case studies addressing adherence with caregivers, and group discussion of participants experiences with non-adherence. Content will be taught through lecture and video demonstrations of strategies and sample data sheets will be provided. Supplemental materials for analysis of barriers will be shared in order to support participant learning.
Audience: BCBAs, staff and parent trainers, program supervisors
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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