Association for Behavior Analysis International

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11th International Conference; Dublin, Ireland; 2022

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Symposium #26
CE Offered: BACB
Clinical Applications of Telehealth Beyond Supervision
Friday, September 2, 2022
11:30 AM–12:20 PM
Meeting Level 1; Liffey A
Area: AUT/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Aysa Shaffer (360 Behavioral Health)
Discussant: Ashley C Farag (California Psychcare)
CE Instructor: Aysa Shaffer, M.S.
Abstract: A growing body of research exists to support telehealth for oversight of behavior analytic services, and parent and staff training. Two studies are presented on the effects of technician-delivered one-on-one and group interventions. The goal of this symposium is to discuss the outcomes of telehealth services and integration of telehealth across all service levels.
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): service delivery, social skills, telehealth
Target Audience: This symposium is for students and behavior analysts that are interested in applications of telehealth as a mode of service provision across tiers of services.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) identify and describe telehealth service delivery options and outcomes; ;(2) identify and describe how to integrate the benefits of telehealth service delivery into treatment planning; (3) describe current reserach in the area of telehealth service delivery.
Utilizing Telehealth to Improve Access to Social Skills Groups During and Post-Pandemic
LILIAN HERNANDEZ (360 Behavioral Health)
Abstract: Social skills groups are used to provide opportunities for learners to practice social skills with peers regularly. Groups are typically organized based on age and interests, and are offered for kids, preteens, teens and young adults. Social skills groups are usually conducted face-to-face, however, during the COVID-19 crisis, conducting social skills groups in person presented many challenges. Telehealth has evolved as a new platform for participants to gather virtually to continue developing their social skills. Without the social interactions learners typically access while in school, participating in a social skills group virtually provides a safe and supportive environment where they can continue to learn the skills needed to improve social-emotional development. Compared to in-person social skills groups, through the use of Telehealth, we’ve been able to increase both the number of different social skills groups being conducted at a given time as well as the number of participants attending each group. Additionally, we have been able to increase the variety of groups we offer and further specialize them to their ages and needs. Social skills through Telehealth is a service delivery model that has offered us the opportunity to increase our outreach and will continue to post pandemic.
Comparison Of Learning Outcomes for Technician-Delivered Services In-Home Versus Telehealth
ELIZABETH ANNE PASCUAL (360 Behavioral Health)
Abstract: Telehealth has been used as an effective mode to deliver various types of services, including treatment oversight, parent and technician training. Very few studies have examined the efficacy of technician-delivered behavior analytic services delivered via telehealth to children with autism. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic necessitated the evolution of telehealth technology for many providers, including behavior analysts and behavior technicians in order to ensure clients continued to receive medically necessary treatment. This study reports on five individual school-age participants with Autism that transitioned to telehealth services from traditional in-home services following March 2020. In spite of a reduced dose of treatment hours per week following the transition to telehealth, 4 out of 5 participants demonstrated a positive change in mastery of targets monthly from telehealth treatment compared to in-home treatment (M=18%). These findings evidence of the efficacy of Telehealth services as an effective mode of technician-delivered behavior analytic services.



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