Association for Behavior Analysis International

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15th Annual Autism Conference; Online; 2021

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Invited Paper Session #16
CE Offered: BACB — 
Equity, Ethics, and Evolution of Autism Treatment Through On-Demand Caregiver Support
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
2:50 PM–3:40 PM
Area: AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Robert K. Ross (Beacon ABA Services)
CE Instructor: Matthew Brodhead, Ph.D.
Presenting Author: MATTHEW BRODHEAD (Michigan State University)

The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in significant disruption in established models of autism treatment. With that disruption also came an opportunity to dismantle the status quo in order to rebuild a more effective and equitable model of autism service delivery. The purpose of this presentation is to describe one such model and its initial outcomes. The presentation will also discuss issues of ethics and equity in “reimagining” autism treatment, as well as how values rooted in equity may guide the evolution of autism treatment throughout the 21st Century.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Board certified behavior analysts; licensed psychologists; graduate students.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) describe the ethical issues in developing a new model of behavioral healthcare; (2) describe ethical issues in equity of access to autism treatment; (3) identify outcomes of the proposed model of delivery, including its strengths and limitations.
MATTHEW BRODHEAD (Michigan State University)
Matthew T. Brodhead is an assistant professor at Michigan State University and the director of Spartan Caregiver Support, a free telehealth service for caregivers of people with autism within the State of Michigan. He is also the Research Director of the Early Learning Institute. His research examines focused social skill interventions for children with autism, and he also writes about conceptual issues relating to the ethical and professional behavior of practicing behavior analysts. He is on, or has served on, the editorial boards of multiple behavior-analytic journals, including the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Behavior Analysis in Practice, and The Analysis of Verbal Behavior. He is also the co-guest editor of the special issue in Behavior Analysis in Practice on diversity and equity in the practice of behavior analysis, published in Winter 2019. Through workshops and consultation, he has established multiple school-based programs for children with autism, and he has provided training to teachers, related service providers, and behavior analysts both nationally and internationally. Finally, he specializes in program evaluation for both applied behavior analysis and public school placements for individuals with autism.



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