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.


48th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2022

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Poster Session #84
TBA Saturday Poster Session: Odd-Numbered Posters
Saturday, May 28, 2022
1:00 PM–2:00 PM
Exhibit Level; Exhibit Hall A
Chair: Avner Fraidlin (Western Michigan University)
55. CBAI Field Supervision Curriculum
Area: TBA; Domain: Applied Research
RACHEL L. WHITE (Good Behavior Beginnings), Rebecca Erli Parenteau (6810)
Discussant: Avner Fraidlin (Western Michigan University)
Abstract: The Capacity Building for Autism Interventions (CBAI) Field Supervision Curriculum is a 35-topic curriculum free to those supervising trainees pursuing BCBA and BCaBA certification. It can be completed in sequence, or used in sections according to topic. Each lesson has key teaching points and references, as well as assignments to demonstrate mastery of the topic. The curriculum also contains a scoring guide for assignments and additional resources, materials, and examples. Data has been collected on the duration to mastery on each assignment, suggesting which topics take more skill and fluency to complete, and where students commonly need more guidance. Social validity data on the program has also been collected per trainee satisfaction surveys. Lastly, data has also been aggregated to show how many former field supervision trainees are now certified and their field of work.
57. Supporting Caregivers of Children with ASD: Preliminary Effects and Feasibility of a Telehealth ABA Program
Area: TBA; Domain: Applied Research
KRISTINA MCGINNIS (Baylor University), Stephanie Gerow (Baylor University), Marie Kirkpatrick (University of Texas at San Antonio), Stephanie Fritz (Baylor University)
Discussant: Avner Fraidlin (Western Michigan University)
Abstract: Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often experience skill deficits that can act as a barrier for independent living. Caregiver-implemented interventions based on applied behavior analysis (ABA) lead to improvements in targeted skills. The purpose of this study was to expand on current research that evaluated the efficacy of a caregiver training program, delivered via telehealth technology. A sample of 30 children with ASD and their caregivers (e.g., parents, grandparents) participated in all phases of the study. The single-case effect sizes indicated large or very large improvement for more than half of the goals addressed. Caregivers typically implemented the program with higher than 90% fidelity on average, indicating the coaching resulted in caregivers’ accurate implementation of the interventions. Based on the current sample of social validity scores, we found high levels of caregiver acceptability for a telehealth coaching model. These results, along with the results of previous studies, provide preliminary support for the feasibility and social validity of using telehealth to provide ABA services.
59. Toward a Data-based Approach to the Selection of ABA Program Characteristics
Area: TBA; Domain: Basic Research
TRACY L. LEPPER (Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University), Jordan Bailey (Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University), Emily Anne Whittington (Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University), Michelle Nicole Topham (Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University)
Discussant: Avner Fraidlin (Western Michigan University)
Abstract: There is a paucity of data that describe how program characteristics relate to program outcome goals. This gap limits the use of data to guide and support decisions concerning the selection of ABA program characteristics. Therefore, the purpose of the present study was to describe a methodology for the evaluation of the relationships between program characteristics and program outcome goals in the context of identifying the ideal program characteristics to propose for a new Master of Science in ABA at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University (FranU). For FranU, 11 program characteristics, Board Certified Behavior Analyst® pass rates and enrollment were selected as variables. We provide description of the procedures, data analysis and general overview of our findings. The utility of the methodology for future research is also discussed.
61. Assessing ‘Behavioral Artistry’ Staff Training on Behavior Technician’s Use of Behavioral Artistry Traits and the Behavior of Young Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder
Area: TBA; Domain: Applied Research
EMILIA NOTARIANNI (Michigan State University), Rebecca Saur (Michigan State University), Josh Plavnick (Michigan State University)
Discussant: Avner Fraidlin (Western Michigan University)
Abstract: Training high quality practitioners continues to be a priority in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. The concept of behavioral artistry (BA) identifies traits that may contribute to an individual’s success as a behavior analyst, including attributes such as resilience, sense of humor, and compassion. Despite BA’s potential for meaningful impact in the field, research in this area remains limited. The current study aimed to behaviorally define the BA trait “likes people” and investigated the effects of a behavioral skills training and video self-modeling on the development of behaviors representative of that BA trait. Additionally, data were collected on client behaviors, in order to examine the effects of the BA training on client behavior. Four dyads consisting of one behavior technician and one young child diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder participated in the study, which took place in an EIBI clinic affiliated with a midwestern university. Results will be discussed in addition to implications for further research.



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